A solution was already in the works
By this time, IPT was already engaged with Insight’s Managed Office 365® and Azure® Active Directory offerings for administration and support of their Microsoft® environment. They initially came to Insight when a previous service provider did not meet their basic needs for support. According to Katz, “Tickets went unanswered, there wasn’t a lot of support. We didn’t have a great deal of infrastructure in regard to personnel. We were missing a lot [of components] and our people weren’t well-supported.”
Additionally, while they already had Microsoft 365™ E5 licensing and understood its potential to meet their security needs, they lacked guidance from their previous partner. IPT’s experiences with Insight’s managed services gave them the confidence to explore additional options for cybersecurity.
As luck would have it, Insight was already on the hunt for an existing Managed Office 365 client who would be willing to beta-test a new managed security offering for Microsoft 365 Security. Insight’s architects proposed an offering that would assist with the implementation of Microsoft 365 Security in their environment, while exploring features and options to be included with the managed offering.
IPT was a great fit for the program since they were already a trusted client engaged with Insight’s managed services. They had a forward-thinking attitude toward modern workplace technologies and we knew they’d understand our goals for the program. Most importantly, we knew they’d be willing to share honest feedback we could use to refine the managed service offering together.
According to Norm Andersch, Insight’s senior architect for the new solution, “IPT was a true collaborative partner. They shared their business knowledge and acumen, their compliance challenges and their critique of the solution.”
Defining the service offering together
When we first outlined the new managed security offering, it was hard to distinguish from other similar offerings. Our collaboration with IPT helped us tailor the final iteration of this offering into something unique in the managed security landscape. Instead of focusing on administration, IPT helped Insight discover the need for organizations to have a partner to help them implement and understand their unique security requirements.
Our resulting Managed Security for Compliance offering helps clients implement and continuously evaluate Microsoft 365 Security features to maintain their security posture and meet compliance needs around CMMC and other regulations.
Peace of mind for audits
Responding to audits is something most organizations struggle with. Audits take the attention of security staff away from more essential activities like threat detection and remediation. That’s why we built our Managed Security for Compliance offering with audits in mind.
“We’re like a lifeline,” says Andersch. “If you don’t know what the answer is, you phone a friend. As opposed to sitting there shoulder-to-shoulder with you during an audit, we’re available for consultation and remediation if necessary.”
Insight’s goal is to provide organizations with expert guidance and reporting when they need it. This way, your Microsoft 365 environment will be one less thing to worry about when responding to audits.
According to Andersch, “The controls aren’t just there to satisfy auditors. They allow organizations to successfully and safely do business. The fact that we can actually prove that the controls are working through audit reports just shows the value of the service for managing your security.”
Achieving compliance and looking to the future
IPT’s Microsoft 365 environment is now aligned with CMMC. With the combined value of Insight’s Managed Office 365 and Managed Security for Compliance offerings, IPT was able to save the equivalent of almost 3 full-time employees and, according to Katz, Insight’s service delivery is more efficient and flexible than what they could have achieved in-house.