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Cybersecurity Essentials: Advanced Email Protection For Office 365

Last week, we discussed the importance of having cybersecurity insurance to cover your business against a cyberattack. This week, we are reviewing an equally important topic: protecting your email.

According to Microsoft’s Q1 results for 2020, their Office 365 subscription service has grown to over 200 million users. This data supports the fact that most small businesses now use Office 365 as their email platform. Today we want to educate Office 365 users on the advanced security features available through Microsoft that can help protect themselves and their companies against harmful cyber-attacks.

Out of the gate, Office 365 provides a basic level of anti-spam and anti-virus filtering on all your incoming and outgoing emails. As you might suspect, hackers are getting pretty good at circumventing basic security measures these days, so there is a real need for a more robust email security offering in order to stay one step ahead of these cybercriminals. Enter Microsoft’s Advanced Threat Protection (ATP).

ATP takes traditional email filtering to the next level by employing advanced algorithms and artificial intelligence to analyze incoming and outgoing emails, detecting, blocking and quarantining malicious emails that could be harmful to both you and your network. Before an email lands in your inbox, it has been analyzed by ATP to make sure it is clean of any detected threats. ATP’s goal is to provide zero-day protection against malware. It does this by “testing” files sent to you inside its own detonation chamber, which allows ATP’s artificial intelligence to understand what the file would do to a computer if a user opened it. If ATP detects malicious activities, it will block the file, thus sparing you and your network users from potential disaster. Having Advanced Threat Protection in place is an important part of your overall security strategy and highly recommended.

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