With the increasing soPHIstication of cyberattacks, businesses need even more advanced security tools to defend their sensitive documents. With this demand Microsoft is stepping up to the plate at least for its' Office 365 subscribers. Office 365 now has some more advanced security tools to stay ahead of the ever-evolving threatscape.
Microsoft has expanded the protection of “Safe Links” which currently defends against potentially malicious links in emails to now include embedded links in other Office apps such as Excel, Word, and PowerPoint files.
If suspicious links are discovered, the user will be redirected to a warning page to avoid an infection as they would with an email that contained a hyperlink - See the overview of ATP below
Both Safe Attachments and Safe Links protect your organization according to policies that are set by your IT security administrators. Policies are set for specific people or groups, or for the entire organization. Safe Links policies can be set for email and for Office documents, such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, or Visio files.
Microsoft has also completed enhancements to their Threat Intelligence for Office 365 which gathers data from Microsoft security databases, Office clients, email, and other recorded security incidents to detect various cyberattacks. This feature gives users in-depth knowledge about prevalent Malware strains and real-time breach information to analyze the severity of certain attacks.
What’s more, Threat Intelligence comes with customizable threat alert notifications and easy-to-use remediation options for dealing with suspicious content.