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Microsoft adds more security features to Office 365 with Advanced Data Governance release

Back in February, the Office team launched the preview of Office 365 Advanced Data Governance and Threat Intelligence, two features designed to enhance Office 365’s security and compliance capabilities. Both services are now generally available and the Office team has just published a blog post to explain how Office 365 customers can get started with them.

First of all, Office 365 Advanced Data Governance leverages machine learning to help companies better manage their data, including deleting the obsolete data that could cause a risk if compromised. Here are the main features now available to Office 365 customers:

  • Proactive policy recommendations and automatic data classifications that allow you take actions on data—such as retention and deletion—throughout its lifecycle.
  • System default alerts to 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 ability to apply compliance controls to on-premises data by intelligently filtering and migrating that data to Office 365.

You can learn more about how to get started with Office 365 Advanced Data Governance in the video below:

Additionally, Office 365 Threat Intelligence can now help customers identify cyber security threats by leveraging the Microsoft Intelligent Security Graph. “It provides information about malware families, both inside and outside your organization, including breach information with details down to the actual lines of code that are used for certain types of malware,” explained the Office team. You can get an overview of Threat Intelligence in the video below.

Lastly, the Office team has improved the Office 365 Security & Compliance Center with two new additions:

  • A new Office 365 Advanced Threat Proection (ATP) reporting interface, which gives more capabilities (including custom reports) to IT Admins.
  • An enhanced Data Loss Prevention (DLP) management experience, with easy access to app permissions, device security policies and content protection policies.
Office 365 ATP reporting interface

The new ATP reporting interface.

“These new features help broaden and enhance the scope of security and compliance capabilities within Office 365,” explained the Office team. If you want more insights about Office 365’s security and compliance capabilities, Microsoft is inviting you to check and participate to its Privacy & Compliance tech community, which is very active.

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Do you think these new features improve Office 365’s security and compliance capabilities?