Are you safeguarding your organisation against malicious email threats?

Last updated: 17th April 2019

Microsoft Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) is a cloud-based email filtering service that helps protect your organisation against unknown malware and viruses by providing robust zero-day protection and includes features to safeguard your organisation from harmful links in real time.


Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection

In this age of technology, malware attacks are becoming increasingly common, with new and sophisticated malware campaigns targeting businesses every day. Office 365 offers a solution to this problem by protecting your IT systems and mailboxes from these threats.

Office 365 ATP offers real-time protection for your emails against the very latest and most advanced attacks. Microsoft’s Exchange Online Protection already offers a good base-level of security, but Office 365 ATP enhances this security by improving the zero-day protection offered against malicious links and unsafe attachments.


ATP Safe Attachments – protecting against unsafe attachments

ATP Safe Attachments is included as part of Office 365 ATP. This security feature checks whether email attachments are malicious and will protect against them if so. ATP Safe Attachments uses the very latest machine learning technology to perform live behavioural malware analysis on suspicious email attachments. If they are deemed unsafe, they are placed in a sandbox to ensure that they cannot harm your IT environment.

Microsoft has now extended this security feature to be compatible with OneDrive for Business, SharePoint Online and Microsoft Teams, offering even greater protection for your work environment.

Office 365 security and global admins can easily configure ATP Safe Attachments policies to ensure that the security offered is tailored to your exact needs. This helps to achieve a cleaner inbox with no email malware attacks.


ATP Safe Links – protecting against malicious links

ATP Safe Links is also included as part of Office 365 ATP. Microsoft’s Exchange Online Protection scans email content for unsafe links. However, ATP Safe Links goes one step further by keeping your environment protected even when a malicious link is clicked.

As the email content is scanned, URLs are rewritten and passed through Office 365. When the user clicks a link, the web address is examined live. If the link is deemed unsafe, a warning is shown which will alert the user that visiting the link is not recommended or even that it has been blocked completely.

Reports are available as part of ATP Safe Links, which gives the admins a clear view of which users have clicked which links, and when. Again, policies are easily set up by admins which allows control over the range and level of protection offered to your business.

Microsoft extended this security feature to cover web addresses in emails and in Office 365 Pro Plus documents (including Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Visio and Office apps for Android and iOS).

This was further extended to cover internal emails sent to workers within the same organisation and web addresses in the online versions of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, OneNote and Office 365 Pro Plus for Mac.

Office 365 ATP warnings have also been improved with more detail being offered, different colour schemes available and the ability to allow users to proceed past certain recommendations and warnings.

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