Microsoft 365 Defender Settings Boost Cyber Security

Microsoft 365 Defender

Want to put an end to phishing attacks? Get Microsoft 365 Defender. It can and will dramatically mitigate this risk with several of its features. Phishing attacks are the most common cause of  cyber security breach. They not only cost you money, they expose sensitive data and are therefore a severe threat to your business. And believe it or not, it’s your employees who, unwittingly, give hackers an entry point. Cyber criminals impersonate trusted sources or high-level executives to trick employees into giving them sensitive personnel or corporate data.

Even though you’ve probably alerted your staff to this kind of criminal activity, some will still sneak in, as evidenced by the continued widespread use of phishing emails.

Once the cybercriminal succeeds in this type of hacking, victims could face legal action, reduced customer confidence and business disruption, to say nothing of losing millions of dollars and losing their good reputation.

That’s why protecting your business from this type of attack is crucial. There are many tools available to counter these breaches. Here at SWAT Systems, we recommend Microsoft 365 Defender as your best option because it comes with various layers to safeguard data from phishing attempts. 

Listed below are the seven key features that make us big Defender fans:

Phishing Email Protection in Microsoft 365 Defender 

The most dangerous type of phishing scam comes from a sender who one of your staff thinks they know. The scam email refers to the victim by their name or nickname. Sometimes, they can even use real accounts as a subterfuge.

Using machine learning, Microsoft Defender 365 lists the contacts with whom you regularly communicate. It follows through with advanced tools to differentiate suspicious from acceptable behavior resulting in a more accurate detection of phishing emails. 

Malware Defense in MS 365 Defender 

Different types of malware can spread through phishing emails. Ransomware is one example. Spyware is another. 

  • Ransomware will lock your files and systems until the attacker is paid a ransom. 
  • Spyware can be even more dangerous, as it steals your information by copying clipboards, taking screenshots or recording keystrokes. 

Microsoft Defender 365 addresses these and other types of malware with powerful safety mechanisms including: 

  • Layered malware defense. The platform comes with multiple malware scan engines to help diagnose potential threats. They use a robust, hands-on inspection to shield your system even in the earliest stages of an outbreak. This type of protection is far superior to using just one anti-malware program. 
  • Real time response. When an outbreak occurs, the platform provides your team with immediate access to devices, allowing you to investigate and contain threats in real time. It also enables your team to collect data and proactively tackle malware. 
  • Rapid definition deployment. A close relationship with anti-malware engine developers is maintained by the Microsoft 365 Defender. Therefore, users of the platform receive malware definitions quickly and on time. Definition updates are transmitted every hour to help protect you against the latest malware. 
  • Common attachments filter.  Some threats come in file types that aren’t meant for emails, such as executable documents. The common attachment filter lets you automatically block them without any scanning. Some of the file types it can remove include .ace, .exe, .app, .ani and .scr. 

Spam Block 

Who doesn’t hate spam? No worries about spam with Microsoft 360 Defender, which boasts its powerful anti-spam technology. It addresses emails by examining the source of the message as well as the contents. Any suspicious information whether in the source or the content will send the email directly to the spam folder. Additionally, it examines each team member’s activity to ensure spam is not sent to other users. 

Safe Links

Attachments are never included in phishing emails but they can include URLs that lead staff to a bogus website.  The website pages look copesetic but they usually ask the visitor to provide more information. Worse still is they can lead to websites that install or download malware on computers. Safe Links will shield your system from malware transmissions using URL explosions to scan email links and reveal suspicious behavior.

Microsoft Defender 365 warns you not to visit sites that they have determined open malicious websites. It’ll also rescan the service sometime later and look for any security problems. It will also scan email links from all the  personnel in your organization. It’s been proven to work extremely well on documents uploaded to SharePoint and Microsoft Teams.

Sandbox Isolation

 Some careless users open malicious email attachments without giving them a second thought, exposing company data, ruining your reputation and giving your competitors an edge. 

Defender can reduce this risk by opening all email attachments in a “sandbox.” The sandbox acts as a wall between malicious files and your data. Only those files that are malicious will remain in your sandbox therefore affecting just the files there rather than your entire system. Once the malicious file is in the sandbox, the Defender will warn you not to open it. Of course, if it is safe and not malicious, you will be able to open as normal. 

Enhanced Filtering 

If you route emails to on-premises environments with third-party services before sending them to Microsoft 365, enhanced filtering is perfect for your company.

This platform uses inbound connectors that will verify whether your email sources are legit. The higher complexity of the routing plan, the higher the chances are that email connectors don’t reflect their real source. It also preserves the authentication signals that might have disappeared while routing emails and enhances the filtering capabilities of Microsoft 365 allowing it to detect phishing and spam emails more successfully.

User Submissions

Microsoft Defender allows you to set up specific mailboxes where you can send all threatening emails. It also allows you to determine the criteria for safe and malicious email while identifying the mailboxes that will store these messages. Your administrators will therefore have more control over flagging emails and reporting them to Microsoft.

Microsoft 365 Defender Is a Fail-Safe Solution

To neutralize the disastrous threats of phishing attacks, integrate your office’s computers with Microsoft 365 Defender. It will keep your system intact and detect malicious activity on time, enabling you to address it before it spreads and compromises your privacy.

Using Microsoft 365 Defender is just one part of your cybersecurity. If you’d like a non-salesy chat to help determine other potential risks in your network, contact us or book a meeting today.  We’ll be happy to help.

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