Nonprofits Turn to the Cloud for Security



Established in 1907, MJHS Health System (MJHS) has grown into one of the largest not-for-profit health systems in greater New York. One of the biggest challenges they face is to ensure that the values of a nearly 110-year-old healthcare provider are reflected in the 21st-century technology they use. With Microsoft Office 365 cloud-based tools, employees are productive in today’s digital world, while still preserving the innovative, culturally sensitive healthcare services that are part of its history.

Investing not just finacially but holistically in nonprofit technology protects sensitive data and information. 

Nonprofit organizations handle volumes of sensitive data every day. From client records, to donor information and confidential emails, along with hundreds of other transactions.

With cloud based technology solutions like Office 365, users can access and share data from anywhere, on any device, and be more productive by using all of its collaboration features. On the other hand, it’s easier to inadvertently share sensitive information with others both inside and outside of your organization.

MJHS needed a cloud-based business productivity tool that aligned with the highly-regulated healthcare industry, where they are required to meet HIPAA standards. They evaluated G Suite (formerly Google Apps for Work) but chose Office 365.

First, Microsoft signed a Business Associate Agreement, something that Google was unwilling to do at the time. In addition, they were more than satisfied that Office 365 met the strict standards around security and compliance, in everything from email retention to archiving and eDiscovery. MJHS also uses Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection to bolster their defense against malware and phishing emails.

"It’s great to see Microsoft offerings evolve to keep pace with swift changes in the threat landscape. At the enterprise level, it’s important to use technology that works in the language of the industry. Our employees are familiar with Microsoft offerings, and the ease of transition to the new business tools was a great incentive for us. Not only does Office 365 ensure that we will always be on the latest version, but the interoperability of the different components of the suite is efficient and effortless, improving productivity. Stuart Geller, vice president of information services at MJHS Health System. 


Attention Philadelphia area nonprofits decision makers: Join Tech ImpactMicrosoft Philanthropies, & the Microsoft Citizenship team. 

Free half-day event (Wed, March 8, 2017 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM EST) taking advantage of the Microsoft Cloud Nonprofits Donation, which includes the new $5000 yearly Azure credit.

The event will address the Microsoft Tools available to nonprofits for free including:

  • Office 365 for Nonprofits - Email, shared calendars, file storage and sharing, collaborative & productivity apps, online meetings, VoIP phones.
  • Azure for Nonprofits - Infrastructure, software and platform as a service in the cloud. Learn how you can migrate away from onsite servers.
  • Power BI- A visualization toolkit that helps you better understand and communicate your work. 
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