The Winchester Mystery House in California is a peculiar mansion with odd and unsettling architectural work commissioned by the superstitious and wealthy widow who lived there. It features stairs that lead to nowhere and false bathrooms built to trick the “ghosts.”

While this kind of superstition seems out of place in our modern technological age, many companies rely on data protection methods that are familiar, but ineffective. Does your organization rely on any of these false protections for your data?

Myth #1: Office 365 Data is Safe in the Cloud

Data stored in Office 365 is more secure than data stored in your top desk drawer, but people aren’t constantly trying to break into your desk drawer, are they? (Except that guy who always mysteriously has the same flavor of cough drops you bought...) Your data is secure to a point, but, especially if you store sensitive company information in Office 365, you need to be certain that your data is protected by another layer of security.

You have the option to protect your data with Microsoft’s Advanced Security Management, if your company has an E5 license.

You can also protect your data with a security solution with data protection as its number one priority, not an add-on feature.

Myth #2: Hackers Cannot Compromise Office 365 Data

Think again! Hackers are not only looking for loopholes in Office 365 to access your data, they can regain access if you do not implement data security measures post-breach. Office 365 has a ten-step plan for regaining control of your Office 365 dataafter a hacker has compromised your company’s information. If you’d like to avoid that ten-step process, you can be proactive in protecting data with a data protection solution with data encryption at rest and in transit.

Myth #3: Sharing Login Information Has No Effect on Data

Your office may want to save money on licenses and sharing a password for one account sounds like an easy solution. Believe me, we are all about money-saving solutions for organizations. But, even if you have employees with low-level access to data sharing an Office 365, if one of them leaves the whole account is now compromised. Prevent a potential loss by spending a investing more in quality employees and don’t skimp on Office 365 licenses, or risk mitigation solutions.

Myth #4: Office 365 and OneDrive Are the Same

Microsoft ensures that Office 365 and OneDrive work together seamlessly, but this UX has no bearing on the security of your data. As this article suggests, your data is at higher risk if you treat OneDrive as if it is Office 365. Internal users with access to your data also means that hackers and malicious data stalkers can more easily access your company’s sensitive information.

Protect your data with security for Office 365 data and OneDrive policies about who can access what.

Regardless of what you believe, you want to know that your data is safe even if (or when) it is exposed to risks. Give yourself peace of mind with a data security solution meant for Office 365 users.