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Office 365 Threat Protection Features – II

by Lalita Negi on September 28th 2018

Before, in the earlier first part of this post, we discussed the anti-spam as well as anti-malware features of the office 365 along with an elaborate measure to avoid email spoofing too.

Now, today in this post we will tell you about Advanced Threat Protection within office 365 suite.

Office 365 ATP introduces many further security measures and works well in collaboration with Exchange Online protection security features. There are 5 main features that comprise the ATP within office 365.

  1. ATP Safe Attachments
  2. ATP Safe Links
  3. ATP for SharePoint, OneDrive, and Microsoft Teams
  4. Spoof Intelligence

ATP Safe Attachments

Any and all attachments that you receive via from someone’s email in your inbox are checked throughout by this feature in a virtually safe environment often called as a sandbox.

If there is any discrepancy found within the attachment that may indicate it to be some form of malware or virus etc, safe attachments features remove it automatically.

However, should everything be fine, you will have no problem opening and accessing the attached file.

Note: You can choose who to apply these policies too, the organization as a whole or to some specific person or a team member.

ATP Safe Links

Links are one of the most used methods commonly to lure targets into phishing traps or something other of fraudulent nature. You never know when will you mistakenly click on one wrong link and become a victim of clickbait.

With this feature, when you try to open a link either in a document or in a mail, safe links will first analyze the URL before opening it and mark it as blocked, malicious, or safe.

In the case of first two, instead of the URL page, a warning will appear imploring you to go back. Here you can either choose to proceed at your own risk or abandon the attempt altogether.

ATP for SharePoint, OneDrive, and Microsoft Teams

Sharepoint, OneDrive, and Microsoft Teams collectively hold a large number of share in the professionals who use these for work purposes. The problem arises when they need to collaborate with each other and need to do so in a secure environment.

That’s where Microsoft Office 365 ATP works as a glue securing the joint between them. It can detect and identify malicious or potentially harmful files/documents from your libraries or team sites and lock them down from anyone having its access except deletion.

One more thing to note is that ATP doesn’t go through all the files in the system, rather it scans the files using the sharing activities and locating the threat signals to find them.

Spoof Intelligence

Ever had an email that claimed it was from some reputed company but the contents of it seemed phishing? That’s where these anti-spoof measures or spoof intelligence steps in.

These kinds of mail present threats of serious nature not only to the recipient but also to the reputation of individual or company they claim to be from. But at other times, there is legit email which may look like spoofing but are actually coming from original verified sources via a reroute.

In any work profession, people often hire third-party or freelancers to do some work they are unable to do within their company. These people are often granted the liberty to do promotion or outreach using their official email handle.

Spoof Intelligence is something which prevents illicit emails from reaching onto you while keeping the flow of legit emails as it is. In the security & compliance center, you can manage spoof filters as well as review senders and choose to block them or allow them.

Note: To set up spoof filters, you need to access the security & compliance center in you Office 365 admin portal only.

There are a couple other things as well such threat intelligence and more but they are office 365 inbuilt features who mostly strengthen the security from inside. Let us know what you think about the optimal protection office 365 has to offer.

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