Do you use Microsoft 365 or Office 365 and do you want to increase the security of your organization against phishing attacks of cyber criminals and hackers? Read here how you can do that in 10 ways.
In recent months, much progress has been made in the area of Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection (ATP). Due to the impressive effectiveness of Office 365 ATP’s malware capture, attack methods also adapt to bypass security features, leading to an increase in phishing campaigns. That is why Microsoft’s security team has improved its Office 365 phishing protection capabilities and improved the admin experience in Office 365.
The enhancements to the o365 phishing protection capabilities are combined with the new administrator experience to deliver powerful new tools that further enhance the ability to limit phishing campaigns.
- 1 Extensions To The Office 365 ATP Anti-phishing Policy
- 1.1 Set Up 2-Factor Authentication
- 1.2 Train Your Users Well
- 1.3 Use Only Administrator Accounts
- 1.4 Increase The Level Of Protection Against Malware In Email
- 1.5 Protect Your Organization Against Ransomware
- 1.6 Stop The Automatic Forwarding Of Email
- 1.7 Use Office Email Encryption
- 1.8 Protect Your Email Address Against Phishing
- 1.9 Protection Against Harmful Attachments And Files With ATP Secure Attachments
- 1.10 Office 365 – Protection From Phishing Attacks With Safe ATP Links
Extensions To The Office 365 ATP Anti-phishing Policy
Office 365 ATP customers can now benefit from a standard anti-phishing policy that provides insight into the advanced anti-phishing functions that are enabled for the organization. Users have been asking for one place where they can refine the anti-phishing protection that is applied to all users within the organization. Administrators can also continue to create new or user-specific, custom anti-phishing policies that are configured for specific users, groups, or domains within the organization. The custom policy created takes precedence over the standard policy for the rest of the users.
Despite all the efforts Microsoft has done to provide protection against phishing in Office 365, hackers and scammers will succeed in ripping off users unless the users step up their own security. You can be well defended against such malicious campaigns if you yourself take your security seriously and put your own anti-phishing measures in place. You should be more knowledgeable about security threats.
Below we have mentioned 10 simple ways to make your Office 365 more secure against phishing attacks.
Set Up 2-Factor Authentication
Two-Factor Authentication is one of the simplest and most effective ways to increase the information security of your organization. It’s easier than it sounds. When you sign up, you enter the verification code from your phone to access Office 365. This can prevent hackers from hacking your password.
Train Your Users Well
Good information security starts with your own employees. You need to develop a strong culture of security awareness within your organization, including user training for phishing attacks. In addition, protecting devices, the use of strong passwords, and enabling security features in Windows 10 and Mac computers are important.
Use Only Administrator Accounts
The administrative accounts that you can use to manage your Office 365 or Microsoft 365 environment have increased privileges. This is a valuable target for hackers and cyber criminals.
Use Office 365 administrator accounts only for management. Administrators must use a separate account for daily, non-administrative work. Only use the admin account if this is required for a specific task.
- Make sure that the administrator accounts are also set up for two-factor authentication.
- Before you open the administrator account, close all unrelated browser sessions and apps, including personal email accounts.
- Log out of the browser session after completing admin tasks.
Increase The Level Of Protection Against Malware In Email
Your Office 365 or Microsoft 365 environment includes protection against malware, but you can increase this protection by blocking attachments with file types used for malware.
Protect Your Organization Against Ransomware
Ransomware restricts access to data by encrypting files or by locking computer screens. Then the hacker tries to ask for money from victims, usually in the form of cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, in exchange for access to data.
You can protect your organization against ransomware by creating one or more lines in your email inbox to block file extensions that are often used for ransomware.
Stop The Automatic Forwarding Of Email
Hackers who have access to a user’s mailbox can enter the mailbox to configure automatic email forwarding. This can happen even without you noticing. You can prevent this by configuring an email rule in your mailbox.
Use Office Email Encryption
Office Message Encryption is delivered with Office 365. Office encryption allows your organization to send and receive encrypted email messages, inside and outside the organization. Office 365 encryption works with Outlook.com, Yahoo!, Gmail and other email services. E-coding ensures that only recipients can view the message content.
Protect Your Email Address Against Phishing
If you have configured one or more custom domains for your Office 365 or 365 Microsoft environment, you can enable targeted anti-phishing protection. ATP anti-phishing protection which is part of Office 365 ATP can protect your organization against harmful phishing attacks.
Protection Against Harmful Attachments And Files With ATP Secure Attachments
People regularly send and receive attachments such as documents, presentations, and spreadsheets. It is not always easy to see whether an attachment is safe or harmful by looking at an email message.
Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection also includes ATP Safe Attachment protection, but this protection is not enabled by default. Start protecting all attachments today by creating a rule in your inbox. This protection also applies to SharePoint and OneDrive Microsoft Teams.
Office 365 – Protection From Phishing Attacks With Safe ATP Links
Hackers sometimes hide malicious websites links in e-mail or other files. With Office 365 ATP Safe Links part of Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection, your organization can protect itself with so-called time-of-click verification of web addresses (URLs) in Office documents and e-mail messages.