What is Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection?



Does your workplace use Office 365? Do you have sensitive company data that needs to stay contained within your organization? If so, security should absolutely be at the top of your priority list.


Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) is one way to safeguard your company's data. ATP 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. ATP has rich reporting and URL trace capabilities that give administrators insight into the kind of attacks happening in your organization.


ATP is a feature that is available as an additional plan alongside an Office 365 subscription.


Some key features of ATP are:

  • ATP Safe Attachments - Checks your emails to see if attachments are malicious. Your administrator whether in house or with you IT company, has the ability to set appropriate policies for your organization's security. When a user checks their email, ATP Safe Attachment will scan them and take the appropriate actions according to the policy settings.

  • ATP Safe Links - Works by checking the URLs contained within emails and Office documents. Before emails reach the inbox, they go through office 365 Exchange Online Protection. There, signature-based malware protection, anti-spam and malware, and internet protocol (IP) are applied to emails. After these are applied, the user can then open the email. If they click on a link, it's immediately flagged as safe, malicious, or blocked. For malicious or blocked emails users will get a warning page. If links take you to a downloadable file, those also get scanned for anything harmful and blocked if necessary.

  • Anti-Phishing Policies - By utilizing machine learning models with impersonation detection algorithms, ATP uses a sophisticated method to identify phishing. When any email comes in, the machine learning models analyze them to determine if they're safe and what actions to take if they're not. Your office 365 administrator sets policies to help determine what actions are taken.

  • Spoof Intelligence - Spoofing is a popular way that criminals attempt to phish users information. Having capabilities to recognize malicious spoofing is vital to your organization's security. ATP has built in spoof intelligence that is always on for your domains and external ones. To keep criminals from spoofing your organizations email addresses, spoof intelligence allows you to specify which entities are allowed to spoof your domains and send emails for you so they won't be blocked.

ATP adds valuable security benefits to your Office 365 suite. For more information on Advanced Threat Protection and how your organization can benefit from it, or to get your organization set up to use ATP you can contact us or call us at 800-358-7447

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