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MS Office 365 releases Threat Intelligence and Advanced Data Governance

Microsoft Office 365 has formally released cyber defence tool Threat Intelligence, which promises real time and customisable threat alert notification. The launch comes as MS also releases Office 365 Advanced Data Governance and a new interface for Advance Threat Protection (ATP).

Microsoft Office 365 has formally released cyber defence tool Threat Intelligence, which promises real time and customisable threat alert notification. The launch comes as MS also releases Office 365 Advanced Data Governance and a new interface for Advance Threat Protection (ATP).

Bolstering Office 365’s security and compliance capability, Threat Intelligence provides information about malware families, both inside and outside an organization, including breach information with details down to the lines of code that are used for certain types of malware. Threat Intelligence integrates other Office 365 security features such as Exchange Online Protection and ATP, providing firms with an analysis that includes the top targeted users, malware frequency and security recommendations related to a business.

Threat Intelligence leverages the Microsoft Intelligent Security Graph, which analyses billions of data points from Microsoft global data centers, Office clients, email, user authentications, signals from Windows and Azure ecosystems and other incidents that impact the Office 365 ecosystem.

Microsoft has also launched Office 365 Advanced Data Governance, applying proactive policy recommendations and automatic data classifications that allow customers to take actions on data—such as retention and deletion—throughout its lifecycle.

System default alerts identify data governance risks, such as “unusual volume of file deletion,” as well as the ability to create custom alerts by specifying alert matching conditions and threshold.

The launches come as Microsoft introduces a new reporting interface to improve the customer experience for ATP, adding the ATP Safe Links feature to Word, Excel and PowerPoint for Office 365 ProPlus desktop clients.

Customers include the Walt Disney Company, where Tom Stauffer, vice president of Records and Information Management, said: “Effective governance of unstructured information across communication, content and social platforms has long been a goal of organizations. Microsoft Office 365 Advanced Data Governance appears to provide a well-thought-out solution that is integrated into their entire Office 365 suite. This functionality and integration provides the powerful potential of delivering on this long-sought-after goal, and doing so without a major burden to end users.”