Microsoft has introduced several new abilities in Office 365, with a focus on improving the security of the cloud productivity suite. The company has announced the general availability of Threat Intelligence to all subscribers. This feature was announced at RSA alongside Advanced Data Governance.
Threat Intelligence for Office 365 brings more compliance capabilities to the suite. It tackles malware both inside and outside an organization. With this integration, customers get breach information about malware that attacks at a code level with a Security Graph.
Microsoft says Threat Intelligence brings the following benefits:
- Interactive tools to analyze prevalence and severity of threats in near real-time.
- Real-time and customizable threat alert notifications.
- Remediation capabilities for suspicious content.
- Expansion of Management API to include threat details—enabling integration with SIEM solutions.
Advanced Threat Protection
Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) is another new integration for Office 365. It brings analytic information to organizations, allowing them to see insights and trends on security across a company. This includes malware and spam that comes into the organizations.
Microsoft describes ATP in its announcement:
“Using the new report interface, admins can schedule reports to be sent directly to their inbox, request custom reports and download or manage these reports through dashboards in the Security & Compliance Center. In our continued journey to provide our customers with the most powerful and robust advanced security solution, this new reporting interface helps you understand how ATP mitigates today's most sophisticated threats from impacting your organization.”
Microsoft has additionally expanded ATP to Office 365 ProPlus. With the Safe Links features, customers will have protection from malicious links sent in emails. ATP also checks clicks within a client application to find potential malicious content.
If such a link is found, the user will be shown a warning page that will let them take action against the threat.
Finally, Advanced Data Governance has also been made generally available today. This gives Office 365 subscribers policy recommendations and compliance controls for on-premises data.