Microsoft continues to take a strong stance against data threats with a slew of new Office 365 security capabilities.

Failing to properly respond to a security threat can have catastrophic consequences, and the number of threats continues to increase, almost exponentially. Manually managing these risks is virtually impossible, which is why Office 365 has recently gained a number of new features to help mitigate and manage these issues.

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Office 365 Threat Intelligence now in preview

A study from the Ponemon Institute and IBM has put a price tag on the average data breach at $4 million. These costs can include a variety of factors, including reputation damage, lost sales, litigation, and, in certain circumstances, the complete failure of a business.

Office 365 Threat Intelligence is a new tool from Microsoft powered by the Microsoft Intelligent Security Graph that uses a wide array of data points from datacenters located around the world – as well as, email, Office applications, and signals from Azure and Windows environments – to provide insights related to potential threats.

While this new tool is only in limited preview, it should eventually be rolled out to all Office 365 subscribers over the next few months. Reach out to our team if you’d like to stay updated as to when Office 365 Threat Intelligence is officially released to the Office 365 community.

Office 365 Secure Score

Office 365 Secure Score is a new analytics tool from Microsoft that provides an assessment based on your current Office 365 security settings. Not only does Secure Score show you a score of your current security configuration, but it also shows you how implementing additional controls can improve your score, thus increasing your security and reducing risk.

In addition to the Secure Score, you’ll also have access to Score Analyzer, which helps you to track and report on your score over time.

To learn more about Secure Score and to see your score, as well as recommendations based on your current set up, visit

Office 365 Advanced Data Governance Preview

This tool, also in preview, uses machine learning to help customers identify their most critical data, while getting rid of obsolete or trivial information that could cause additional risk if compromised. This tool should be released later this quarter.

Many organizations are at risk simply because they don’t have a good grasp on the data they actually have. Companies will often keep data that they no longer need, which can open them up to a significant breach. Office 365 Advanced Data Governance uses machine learning to deliver policy recommendations based on data metrics such as age, type of data, users who have access, and much more.

Learn more about Office 365 security from MessageOps

At MessageOps, we’re constantly on the lookout for new features related to the Office 365 platform, especially as they relate to data security. Feel free to follow our blog closely to learn more about new Office 365 tools that will be released in the coming months.

Contact us, if you’d like to learn more about any of the security capabilities listed in this blog.

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