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Wednesday 1st February 2017
by Maria Griffin

Maria Griffin

Secure your email and secure your business

We’ve mentioned it before, but it is important to reiterate that email is the first port of call for cybercriminals when infiltrating your IT systems. Our recent blog post People play the primary role in data security talks about the role that your employees need to take. In this blog we would like to draw your attention to some additional IT systems which are available to help.

If you are using Microsoft Office Exchange online, Exchange Online Protection is enabled by default. But as more and more businesses move email to the cloud, an additional feature in Office 365 called Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) is highly recommended.

Secure your email

Advanced Threat Protection protects mailboxes against unsafe attachments and malicious links in real time.

  • Safe Attachments sends unsafe attachments to an area (called a detonation chamber) where machine learning techniques evaluate the content for suspicious activity before being sent to the recipient.
  • Safe Links. Microsoft’s standard Exchange Online Protection scans links for malicious content. Because attackers sometimes try to hide malicious URLs with seemingly safe links (the links are redirected to unsafe sites by a forwarding service after the message has been received), ATP adds a further dimension. Safe Links protects your environment when users click a link. What happens is that while the email content is being scanned, the URLs are rewritten to go through Office 365. If a link is unsafe, the user is warned not to visit the site or informed that the site has been blocked.
  • Reporting is available, so that administrators can track who did what and when, but you can also see which individuals are being targeted together with the type of attacks. Reporting and message trace allow you to investigate messages that have been blocked due to unknown viruses or malware, while URL trace capability allows you to track individual malicious links in the messages that have been clicked.

Watch the video below to learn how to provide better zero-day protection to secure your email system and better safeguard your business.

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