Microsoft 365

New Security Features for Microsoft 365

On April 30th, Microsoft has announced a series of advanced security features for Microsoft 365 Business to further protect their subscribers against cyber threats to safeguard personal and confidential business information.

Note! Not to be confused with Office 365, Microsoft 365 Business is an integrated solution, bringing together the best-in-class productivity of Office 365 with Windows 10 upgrade rights and advanced security & device management capabilities to help safeguard your business.

Cyber Threats

I. Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection (ATP)

It was originally only available either as an addon or with E5 plans. Now it is part of Microsoft 365 Business. It helps protect your business against complex phishing and ransomware attacks designed to compromise employee or customer sensitive information.

  • Automatic checks of links in email verifying if they are part of a phishing scheme to prevent users from accessing any unsafe web pages.
  • Sophisticated attachment scanner and AI-powered tool that analyses, detects and discards dangerous messages.

II. Windows Exploit Guard Enforcement

Advanced security feature that can protect devices from ransomware and malicious websites at device end points by setting up policies.

Safeguard Sensitive Information

I. Data Loss Prevention (DLP)

DLP was previously only available in E3 and above plans. Now Microsoft automatically included it as part of Microsoft 365 Business. DLP allows you to identify, monitor and protect sensitive information from leaving your organization.

II. Full Intune Availability

This feature was part of the Microsoft 365 Enterprise plans. Now, it is included in the Microsoft 365 Business package. It protects your data across devices with end to end device and application management.

III. Azure Information Protection

It allows you to set permissions, and encryption on files and documents, to further protect your content and how it is accessed.

IV. Exchange Online Archiving

This solution gives users unlimited archive and it allows you to set preservation policies to recover sensitive information, so for instance, when users try to delete their emails, those emails are retained and available for compliance and discovery.

V. Bitlocker Enforcement

It gives users the ability to enforce policies to set Bitlocker on devices, to help protect data in case those devices were either stolen or lost.

Availability

Security solutions like Advanced Threat Protection for email, Information Protection for web clients, Exchange Online Archiving, enforcement of Bitlocker and Windows Exploit Guard are publicly available since Microsoft made the announcement on April 30th, 2018.

Coming in the summer we will see Data Loss Prevention and the Office client in Microsoft 365 will be updated to support Data Loss Prevention Policy tips in the Outlook Rich Client, Information Rights Management in email in the Outlook Rich Client and we will also see Advanced Threat Protection coming to Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents.

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