The AvePoint Solution
The City of Vincent turned to AvePoint Cloud Governance, AvePoint Policies, and AvePoint Insights to meet its governance and security needs. These solutions provided a framework for staff to take full advantage of M365 tools without compromising security.
With the implementation of Cloud Governance, staff could create their own workspaces while adhering to an automated three-step approval process that ensures management visibility, information classification, and security compliance. Additionally, Cloud Governance’s automated lifecycle management feature confirms each workspace is still active every six months. If owners confirmed that they were no longer necessary, the archiving and disposal process was initiated automatically.
"Automation means that it only takes a few clicks to manage our disposal process,” says Peter. “Being a government organization with compliance requirements, we don't want to keep unnecessary data stores around. The automated archiving process ensures that’s no longer a concern."
To comply with information governance policies, the City used AvePoint Insights and AvePoint Policies. Together, the solutions help the City enforce policies and maintain compliance while collaborating effectively with M365 tools.
For example, AvePoint Insights identified a concerning number of externally shared links with inappropriate security settings, prompting configuration of AvePoint Policies to enable safe link sharing; this included automatic policy violation fixes and link expiration. Peter’s IT administrators have clear reporting and vision of shared links on a single screen and the added ability to unshare links when required. This has helped mitigate the risk of unauthorized access to sensitive information.
Peter notes that AvePoint solutions are user-friendly, stating that "For non-IT teams, AvePoint is a better place to manage Microsoft than Microsoft directly, which can be extremely complex." The ease of use led the City to finally take the leap to use SharePoint as a compliant record-keeping solution. Initially, Peter was hesitant because of the complexity of the Microsoft Admin Center but he became more confident in the record-keeping team's ability to manage it with AvePoint Opus.
Using AvePoint Opus, the team could build their information management framework and automate it, reducing human error and allowing for less manual record-keeping. This streamlined the classification process and reduced the number of classifications from over 2,500 to a core of 70, ensuring easy accessibility and disposability while still maintaining compliance with regulations.
Peter highlights the City's efforts to mitigate data loss and exposure by reducing the amount of data they store, particularly sensitive information. He credits AvePoint solutions as crucial in this process: "Ultimately, AvePoint solutions are helping the City reduce its risk. With these solutions, we can assess and manage the information we store and dispose of what we don't need. By not storing unnecessary data, we remove the ability to compromise it."