New Security Features You Need to Know about Microsoft 365

Ross MacKenzie
Categories: All Increase Productivity Product Updates
Tags: Microsoft 365

As a Microsoft Partner, security and ease of use have always been a big part of our mantra when it comes to protecting businesses and their data.

Nowhere is this more evident than the work we do in partnership with iSalon Software. Used in 10 countries, across 2000 salons, and with 8.5m users, needless to say security is a big issue for this UK–based developer of software solutions for hair salons. 

Using Microsoft 365 Business to be more productive and secure, we have helped provide iSalon Software with a complete solution for productivity, security, and device management across their business.

Thanks to the great work we’ve done in partnership with iSalon, we were the recent focus of a case study by Microsoft:

Due to our insight and feedback, April saw Microsoft introduce advanced security features in Microsoft 365 Business which gives businesses an affordable, comprehensive solution for empowering employees and safeguarding business data.

Here are the new security features you need to know about Microsoft 365:

Outlook now protects employees from instances of phishing and ransomware

M365 Advanced Security Features

Phishing and ransomware attacks are some of the biggest threats to SMB security and can cause significant problems ranging from loss of customer trust to financial woes.

Microsoft 365 now includes advanced threat protection features to help protect SMBs against phishing, malware and viruses.

This includes scanning attachments to detect and discard dangerous messages, automatic link checking in emails to prevent users from accessing unsafe websites and device protection to prevent interaction with ransomware.

Outlook also prevents business data being leaked

The handling of sensitive data is an everyday activity for SMBs – whether its payroll details, customer info or employee details. Preventing unintentional leaks of this information can therefore be a challenge for even the most cautious of employees.

To help protect business data, new data loss prevention can identify, monitor, and protect sensitive information. Further information protection lets you easily manage email access to sensitive data, while email archiving ensures data is retained and compliant through regular back-ups.

BitLocker device encryption can also be enforced on all Windows devices to further protect against data theft if a device is lost or stolen.

Compliance tools

With GDPR the acronym on everyone’s lips, Microsoft has also released a variety of new resources and tools to help businesses meet compliance obligations. This can help your business demonstrate it has taken appropriate steps to protect the privacy rights of individuals, with tools for data subject requests and audit-ready, privileged access management at your disposal.

M365 Compliance ManagerThe features which deal with threat protection, archiving, and information protection are now available to new Microsoft 365 Business customers, with current customers able to access the new features over the next few weeks. 

Commenting on the changes, Michael Frisby, Cobweb MD, stated that “with this update to Microsoft 365 Business, Microsoft is showing its continued commitment to innovation and keeping customers and their information secure.

Features such as advanced device management from the full Intune service, Advanced Threat Protection and Information Protection are just some of the new capabilities added to the service bundle.

Cobweb, as one of the early adopter partners for Microsoft 365 Business, are ready to help businesses take advantage of these new capabilities and the most comprehensive and secure modern workplace solution available today.

If you’re interested in finding out more about Microsoft 365 and all that it has to offer, why not download our free Microsoft 365 guide, Microsoft 365: The Opportunity for your Business.

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