Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection (ATP)

As part of our ongoing cybersecurity initiative to protect the College’s network, infrastructure, and clients from malware and unsafe links, Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) will be enabled for all SJC Employees on (date TBA). ATP analyzes incoming email and blocks unsafe links and malware.

ATP includes the following capabilities:

Safe Links: This feature protects San Jacinto College from unsafe hyperlinks in an email message. When a malicious link is clicked, this added protection blocks the content, while good links can still be accessed. In addition, safe links protect SJC employees from opening and sharing malicious links in Office 2016 desktop apps.

Safe Attachments: This features checks the attachment(s) contained in an email message for viruses and malware. If an attachment is found to contain malicious content, the email is not delivered and the sender is notified. Files in SharePoint, OneDrive for Business, and Microsoft Teams are also protected under this feature.

Spoof Intelligence: Spoof Intelligence detects when a sender appears to be sending mail on behalf of one or more accounts within our organization.

Anti-Phishing: Anti-phishing policies protect against emails intended to deceive the recipient in some way (usually by pretending to be a familiar or trusted sender). These type of emails are an attempt to gain important business or personal data, including service and logon credentials, bank account information, credit card or other information that can be used to further impersonate the user.

Quarantine: Messages identified by the Office 365 service as spam, bulk mail, phishing mail, containing malware, or because they matched a mail flow rule can be sent to quarantine. This feature is also available for SharePoint, OneDrive for Business, and Microsoft Teams.

While Office 365 ATP will be a great addition to the College, we must remain vigilant and not open attachments or click on links from suspicious emails. If an email seems odd or too good to be true, it could be an attack.

If you have any questions regarding this announcement, please send your inquiries to the Customer Care Department at ITS.CustomerCare@sjcd.edu.

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