The best-of-suite approach is the other alternative, which involves using all of the applications offered by the provider that offers the best overall solution. Standard suite solutions tend to be adequate for the requirements of most organizations and they enable significant savings on the costs of rollout, maintenance, operation, training and licenses. Microsoft takes this approach with its Microsoft 365 Suite.
The most important parts of the Microsoft 365 Suite are the security components that protect modern workplaces from the constantly changing realm of cyber-threats. Microsoft 365 contains a wide range of security functions, including information protection, threat protection, identity and access management, as well as security management. All of them are designed to offer comprehensive, end-to-end protection of the organization’s environment. So how should one picture interaction between the various Microsoft security components? The answer is illustrated very well in the following diagram “Cybersecurity Reference Architecture: Security for a Hybrid Enterprise”, which vividly presents how Microsoft’s best-of-suite approach slots together in the individual areas to create a big picture.