Friday, August 16, 2013

Exchange Online protection

One of the big improvements with Exchange Online and the upgrade to Wave 15 is the integration of many of the protection features of email directly into the administration console. Previously, you actually had to ‘shell out’ to the Forefront protection console to work on much of this.

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Now you simply login to the Office 365 console as an administrator.

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From the Admin menu option in the top right select the Exchange from the pull down menu that appears.

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Now select the protection option on the left hand side to display the screen shown above. Now across the top on the right you will see a number options, with malware filter being currently selected.

You can learn more details about Exchange Online anti malware here:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj200669(EXCHG.150).aspx

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If you edit the default policy (by selecting the pencil icon) and select settings on the left hand side you will see the above window.

In there you can set a number of different options for how messages containing malware are handled.

If you return to the previous screen you can now examine the anti-spam protection options. More details about these options can be found at:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj200762(EXCHG.150).aspx

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If you now examine the connection filtering policy you will see the above options that allow you to white and black list specific IP addresses.

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If you return to the previous menu and edit the content filtering policy you will see the above listed.

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In the advanced options you will find even more settings for how content in email is handled.

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Finally if your return to the previous menu and select quarantine you will see any messages that are currently being held.

For more detailed information about quarantine have a look here:

 http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj200776(EXCHG.150).aspx

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The other area when it comes to protection is reports. This has again been significantly improved and integrated directly into the console. This allows you to display real time results as shown above.

So, if you job is to manage and monitor email protection, spend some time looking at the protection area inside Exchange Online administration.