How Office 365 Security Protects Your Business

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posted by admin
on Jan 23, 2019

Cyber security threats have become increasingly severe in recent years, costing companies trillions of dollars. In 2017, for instance, a vulnerability in the system caused 145 million people’s personal data to leak at Equifax, resulting in one of the worst hacking scandals in U.S. history.

With the rise in cyber hacking, how can enterprises be sure that the data belonging to their organization and customers is protected from potential security breaches?  

Office 365 Security

Choosing the right cloud service is one solution to the sense of cyber insecurity affecting our world today. For instance, Office 365 – with its built-in threat management capability – is a great tool to protect your business from both malicious software and attacks against your system. 

Overview of The Office 365 Security Tool  

Office 365 has the ability to detect external threats such as spam and phishing by distinguishing them from legitimate emails. Moreover, its anti-spoofing feature also protects your domains by verifying spoofing senders using tools such as Sender Policy Framework (SPF) and DomainKeys Identified Mail (DKIM).  

At the core of this security technology is Office 365’s Threat Intelligence, which is a collection of insights and information readily available for review by your security analysts and administrators. You can go to the Security Dashboard to quickly see what threats have been addressed and to monitor security data over time.   

Access the Threat Management System  

In Office 365, use the Security & Compliance Center to gain access to your organization’s threat management system. 

Follow these steps to access the threat management system: 

  1. Go to the website https://protection.office.com 
  2. Log in to Office 365 using your work or school account 
  3. In the left pane, choose “Threat management” 
Office 365 Security

If you use the Office 365 app launcher, you can follow these steps: 

  1. Sign in to Office 365 using your work or school account 
  2. Select the app launcher () in the upper left corner, then select the ”Security & Compliance” tile 
  3. In the left pane, select “Threat management” 

Core Features of the Threat Management Tool  

Mail Filtering 
Prevent spam by fine-tuning your settings. You can create “allow” and “block” lists, determine your domain viewer, and change spam filter policies.  

Data Loss Prevention 
Choose between different policies to help you identify, monitor, and protect your organization’s sensitive information across Office 365. 

DKIM (DomainKeys Identified Mail)
Ensure that other email systems trust messages you send from Office 365. A separate organization that receives an email from you will have a digital signature that verifies its legitimacy.  

Safe Attachment   
When enabled, this helps detect potential malicious attachments in your inbox. 

Safe Links 
Prevent users from following URLs in emails or documents that can lead to potentially malicious websites.  

Quarantine 
Suspicious emails (such as spam, bulk mail, and phishing attempts) can be sent directly to quarantine for later review.  

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These are just a few tools that you can utilize within your organization to prevent cybersecurity threats. Note that there are many advanced features available from Office 365 as well that may be helpful for specific security needs, so if you want to know that your organization is thoroughly protected, consider this to be the right choice for your system.