Why Your Business Needs Microsoft Defender for Office 365

Kris WilkinsonJune 23, 2021

What is Microsoft Defender for Office 365? 

If you’ve been looking into cybersecurity for your business, you probably know about the risks associated with phishing, malware, and other virtual threats. There are many ways to protect your organization from these threats, including teaching staff to recognize phishing emails and installing anti-virus, anti-malware, and anti-ransomware protection.  At the end of the day, however, effective cybersecurity requires a multi-layered approach. Staff are typically the highest risk to your business.

Formally known as Microsoft Advanced Threat Protection (ATP), Microsoft Defender for Office 365 offers an extended layer of user-specific protection against common risks like dangerous links, risky attachments, and phishing.

There are quite a few reasons that your business should consider this service. Read on to learn more.

Protect Your Business

While there may have been a time where cybersecurity could be ignored, that time has passed. 21% of Canadian businesses reported cybersecurity incidents in 2019. On average, in 2018, small businesses were down for 59 hours at a cost of $1.1 million (GamTech) per breach.

The most significant cybersecurity risk to your organization might surprise you. Did you know that 95% of cybersecurity breaches are caused by human error (Cybint)? The major threat is typically your team. Cyberattacks target your employees, using them to gain entry to your systems.

When you think about it, there are truly 3 common mistakes that employees make. We refer to them as The Big 3:

  1. Inadvertently clicking on dangerous links (in e-mail or documents)
  2. Inadvertently opening dangerous documents (attachments, etc.)
  3. Falling for phishing attempts

Microsoft Defender for Office 365 has you covered with:

  • Malicious attachment scanning protection
  • Malicious URL/Link scanning protection
  • Anti-phishing protection
  • User and domain impersonation protection
  • Security alerts
  • Real-time detections

All of these features will significantly reduce the risk to your organization by offering protection against the Big 3. It should be noted that even with Microsoft Defender for Office 365 in place, Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) should still be turned on.

There are two plans available from Microsoft. We recommend plan 1 for every user. The base license is $2.60 per month per user. Please ensure you consult an IT Professional during setup to ensure protection is correctly configured.

For more information about Microsoft Defender for Office 365, check out Microsoft’s page on it here or reach out to us. We would be happy to assist you with getting it set up for your organization.