Microsoft is enhancing the security of enterprise deployments of Office 365 with a new initiative called Advanced Security Management.
The new addition is a suite of tools that offers admins threat detection, policy making tools and insights into how the software is being used.
Microsoft says this will help protect corporate environments – particularly against Shadow IT – and help IT departments maximise their resources by seeing what how Office 365 is being used and which applications are interacting with it.
Advanced Security Management, Microsoft adds, allows administrators to set up anomaly detection policies that scan user activities and issue alerts if a potential breach of network is spotted. There are more than 70 different indicators, including failed logins and inactive accounts, and behavioural analytics to spot any unusual patterns.
Specific activities can also be tracked and default actions can be set for certain events, such as multiple failed logins, or risky IP address. Admins can prevent offending accounts from doing anything further or even suspended them.
A new dashboard gives greater visibility into behaviour and can track about 1,000 applications. For example, it is possible to see how much data is being sent to cloud repositories such as OneDrive, Box or Dropbox.
“The ability to view an application’s permissions into Office 365 and the application discovery dashboard will be available by the end of the third quarter of 2016,” Microsoft said.
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