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Jan032019

Microsoft Announces Two Advanced Security & Compliance Packs for Microsoft 365

Microsoft soon will be making available two new advanced security and compliance packs to its Microsoft 365 line-up, says the company.

The new advanced security and compliance bundles will be available for purchase through the subscription-service roster beginning February 1, 2019.

These new packages are targeted to businesses who are not yet ready to subscribe to the Microsoft 365 E5 bundle but are interested in the security and compliance features.

Microsoft 365 E5, the high-end suite already features business analytics with Power BI, and enterprise-grade phone system and audio conferencing, as well as advanced security and compliance capabilities.

To those who are not aware, Microsoft 365 suite features Office 365, Windows 10, and Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS).

Here are the details of new packages:

Identity & Threat Protection offering will combine together Microsoft Threat Protection (Azure Advanced Threat Protection (ATP), Windows Defender ATP, and Office 365 ATP plus Threat Intelligence).

It will also offer Microsoft Cloud App Security and Azure Active Directory.

This bundle will cost $12 per user per month.

Information Protection & Compliance package will combine Office 365 Advance Compliance and Azure Information Protection.

This offering aims to help chief compliance officers will cost $10 per user per month.

The costing of both the above packages is “before volume discounts are applied.”

“The new Identity & Threat Protection and Information Protection & Compliance offerings are designed to provide customers with simpler purchase, deployment, and adoption of these security and compliance workloads.”

Customers are also allowed to continue to purchase security and compliance components on a standalone basis.

In addition to the new security, compliance packages, Microsoft is also making its “MyAnalytics” available to Office 365 Office 365 and Microsoft 365 Enterprise and Business customer (with rights to Exchange Online) at “no additional cost.”

With this update, MyAnalytics is now available for Office 365 and Microsoft 365 suites including Business Essentials, Business Premium E1, E3, and E5 plans.

Additionally, Microsoft is also evolving the insights with new additions based on “Microsoft Teams calls and chats,” as well as “signals from documents saved in OneDrive and SharePoint.”

MyAnalytics currently offer insights based on time spent in Outlook emails and meetings and Skype for Business calls and chats.

“With 329,000 organizations and 87 of the Fortune 100 using Teams.”

Now, the MyAnalytics insights from Microsoft Teams and documents saved in OneDrive or SharePoint will be rolling out to all existing customers this month.

MyAnalytics features will also be rolling out to the new suites starting in the next couple of months.

Here are the screenshots of MyAnalytics dashboard and Outlook add-in and weekly email:

MyAnalytics dashboard

MyAnalytics Outlook add-in and weekly email

In other news, Microsoft Research is reportedly working on an open source project codenamed as “Bali,” to offer “users control of data collected about them.”

The Bali project currently in “initial stage” is designed with capabilities that can “delete all your connection and account information (inverseprivacyproject).”

The Bali project page, which is available at https://ip-dev.cloudapp.net/home/ allows those with a code to sign into the site, while those without a code can request one.

The “About” page for Bali describes it as a “new personal data bank which puts users in control of all data collected about them… The bank will enable users to store all data (raw and inferred) generated by them. It will allow the user to visualize, manage, control, share and monetize the data.”

According to the About page, Bali is based on the concept of “Inverse Privacy.”

The news was shared by Longhorn in a tweet along with a screenshot:

microsoft bali project home page

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