Microsoft Defender for Office 365 is a cloud-based email filtering service that helps protect your organization against unknown malware and viruses by providing robust zero-day protection and includes features to safeguard your organization from harmful links in real-time. Defender for Office 365 has rich reporting and URL trace capabilities that give administrators insight into the kind of attacks happening in your organization. Continue reading to learn how to safeguard your organization with Defender for Microsoft Office 365. You will discover how Defender for Office 365 can help you define protection policies, analyze threats to your organization, and respond to attacks.

The improved Microsoft 365 Security Center now brings together functionality from existing Microsoft security portals, including Microsoft Defender for Office 365, Microsoft 365 Defender, and more. Once in Microsoft 365 Security, from a centralized location, you can manage all endpoint, email, and cross-product investigations configurations and remediation within a single unified portal. Microsoft 365 Security has present security policies.  Use these security policies for your organization that determines behavior and protection level for predefined threats.  These templated policies are based on Microsoft recommendations and current attack trends.

Preset security policies provide a centralized location for applying all of the recommended spam, malware, and phishing policies to users at once.  Preset security policies use corresponding policies from various protection features in Exchange Online Protection (EOP) and Microsoft Defender for Office 365.  EOP is the core of security for Microsoft 365 subscriptions and helps keep malicious emails from reaching employee’s inboxes.  Furthermore, Microsoft Defender for Office 365 contains additional features that give IT administrators more layers of security, control, and investigation for better security.

There are different settings for EOP settings including the default, standard and strict setting options. Using conditions in Microsoft 365 Security, you can apply the policies throughout your organization by the recipient, group membership, or domain.  Your company can mix the setting such as “Standard” security setting in addition to “Strict” security settings for a targeted set of users (for example only to “Executives”).

The Threat Policies page allows you to analyze the configuration policies in your organization. The “Configuration Analyzer” provides a central location to find and fix security policies where the settings are below the Standard protection and Strict Protection profile settings in preset security policies.  By default, the configuration analyzer opens the settings and recommendations tab which compares your configuration to the “Standard Protection Profile.”  Through a color-coding system, icons are displayed to confirm security recommendations, review, or display where a significant number of settings do not meet these recommendations.

Within each group, you can see the policies where discrepancies were found as well as who the easy policy applies to, its current configuration, and the recommended setting. Its highly recommended that you review the configuration to examine any changes and ensure your organization and user stay secure.

Microsoft 365 Security also has rich reporting about security trends to track the protection status of your identities, data, devices, apps, and infrastructure.  Some examples of reporting include Forwarding Report, Safe Attachment Files Types, Treat Protection Status, Malware Detected in Email, URL Threat Protection, plus more.

Another way  Defender for Office 365 and Microsoft 365 Security helps keeps companies safe is through Explorer. Explorer is a powerful real-time tool to help security operations teams investigate and respond to threats.  This view show information about email messages that contain malware. Inside Explorer contains enhanced data about email communications including authentication, detection details, and overrides.  It also includes a preview of the suspected malware header, and an option to preview the emails as it would appear to the end-users.

Defender for Office 365 can help your organization configure policies, analyze threats to your organization and respond to attacks.  It is important to note that there are different levels of protection and capabilities depending upon which version of Office you have and if your company has Microsoft 365. It is best to speak to an experienced Microsoft Solution Partner, like iCepts Technology Group, Inc. to learn more.

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