Microsoft 365 boosted with advanced security and compliance packages

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Microsoft is broadening its Microsoft 365 service, with the launch of two new offerings focused on security and regulatory compliance.

The tech giant had introduced Microsoft 365 in 2017, combining Office 365, Windows 10, and Enterprise Mobility plus Security (EMS). The service provides enhanced experience to users, empowers creativity and teamwork, and offers a secure and easy-to-manage platform for modern workplace.

Today, the demand for security and compliance solutions is rapidly increasing because of rise in cyberattacks. Along with this, the companies also need to meet complex data privacy regulations like General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

The new offerings in Microsoft 365— Identity & Threat Protection, and Information Protection & Compliance, are supposed to address all these requirements.

Identity & Threat Protection is a new package of security services from Microsoft. The services that comes with this package include Microsoft Threat Protection, Azure Advanced Threat Protection (ATP), Windows Defender ATP, Office 365 ATP, Microsoft Cloud App Security, and Azure Active Directory.

All these services together will provide advanced threat protection for Office 365, Windows 10, and EMS.

Whereas, Information Protection & Compliance, the second new package, brings together Office 365 Advance Compliance and Azure Information Protection.

Companies will be able to use this service for performing risk assessments with a compliance score across Microsoft Cloud services. It can classify and protect confidential data, and then use artificial intelligence (AI) for responding to regulatory requests.

“As we speak to customers about the future of work, we know security and compliance are some of the highest organizational priorities and we hope these new offerings will help them achieve their security and compliance goals,” wrote Ron Markezich, Corporate Vice President for Microsoft 365, in a blog post.

Microsoft also aims to simplify things for companies that need security and compliance with Microsoft 365, but have to purchase services separately. Currently, the advanced threat protection and security are available only with Microsoft 365 E5, which is the most expensive suite.

With the new offerings, companies will be able to purchase these offerings on a standalone basis even if they are using Microsoft 365 E5 suite.

Also read: Microsoft 365 updated with new features focused on productivity, cloud transition and support

Identity & Threat Protection will be available for $12 per user per month, whereas the Information Protection & Compliance at $10 per user per month. Microsoft will make these offerings available for purchase on February 1, 2019.

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