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Office 365 Threat Intelligence and Advanced Data Governance Rollsout

Several new tools for Office 365 to help safeguard against threats and bolster compliance capabilities released on Tuesday including Threat Intelligence, a new reporting interface for Advanced Threat Protection.

The enhancements also include extension of the ATP Safe Links feature — which protects customers from malicious links in email — to Word, Excel and PowerPoint for Office 365 ProPlus desktop clients.

Also new in Office 365 is a “Advanced Data Governance,” which uses machine learning to help customers find and retain important data while eliminating redundant and obsolete data that poses potential risks. It provides proactive policy recommendations and data classifications that allow customers to take action on data, system alerts to flag risks, and the ability to filter and migrate data to Office 365.

A new policy management interface for Data Loss Protection (DLP), helps Office 365 customers remain compliant and in control of their data.

Here is a look at the enhancements released on Tuesday:

Threat Intelligence now generally available in Office 365 Enterprise E5 plan or as a standalone service, leverages Microsoft Intelligent Security Graph, provides information about malware families, both inside and outside the organization, including breach information with details down to actual lines of code used for certain types of malware.

It also integrates seamlessly with Office 365 security features like Exchange Online Protection and ATP, providing analysis that includes top targeted users, malware frequency and security recommendations related to business.

Office 365 Threat Intelligence, , provides:

  • 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.

For an overview of Threat Intelligence, watch the following video:

ATP reporting interface in Office 365 Security & Compliance Center, provide insights including information about malware and spam sent or received in an organization and advanced threat detections that Office 365 ATP helped discover and stop.

The new report interface lets admins schedule reports to be sent directly to their inbox, request custom reports and download or manage reports through dashboards in Security & Compliance Center.

New Office 365 ATP reporting UI
New Office 365 ATP reporting UI

Later this month, ATP Safe Links will be available to Office 365 ProPlus desktop clients, helping them to protect from malicious links in email.

Safe Links, already integrated across Outlook desktop, web and mobile, now when a malicious link is traced in an Office 365 client application will protect the user by redirecting to a warning page instead of original target URL.

Advanced Data Governance, also now generally available applies machine learning and delivers the following capabilities:

  • Proactive policy recommendations and automatic data classifications that allow you take actions on data—such as retention and deletion—throughout its lifecycle.
  • System default alerts to identify data governance risks, such as “Unusual volume of file deletion,” as well as the ability to create custom alerts by specifying alert matching conditions and threshold.
  • The ability to apply compliance controls to on-premises data by intelligently filtering and migrating that data to Office 365.

Office 365 ADG is included in Office 365 Enterprise E5 plan, and as part of Office 365 Advanced Compliance plan—which also includes Office 365 Advanced eDiscovery and Customer Lockbox to provide a comprehensive set of expanded compliance value.

Microsoft says additional Advanced Data Governance enhancements, such as event based retention, manual disposition and supervision will also release in the coming months.

Last, enhanced Data Loss Prevention (DLP) management experience makes it easier to create and manage policies, makes it easier to configure and enforce sensitive data policies across organization in Security & Compliance Center.

Enhanced Office 365 DLP management experience
Enhanced Office 365 DLP management experience

For more detailed information watch the videos embedded below:


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