A malware ZAP toggle will improve security in Office 365

by Teodor Nechita
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A malware ZAP toggle will improve security in Office 365

In an official post from the Microsoft 365 Roadmap, it was stated that they were adding malware ZAP toggle to the Security and Compliance Center.

We’re adding a malware ZAP toggle to the anti-malware policy in the Security and Compliance Center. This update brings the ability to enable or disable malware Zero-hour Auto Purge via the anti-malware policy UI in the Security & Compliance Center.

It would seem that prior to this, malware ZAP could only be configurable using the Set-MalwareFilterPolicy PowerShell cmdlet.

The purpose of a  ZAP Exchange Online feature is to detect and remove phishing, spam, or malicious email messages that for one reason or another have already landed in an Office 365 user’s inbox.

That ZAP feature will become available for all Office 365 subscriptions that have an Exchange Online mailbox.

More so, it will be available as a standard feature with the default Exchange Online Protection.

The Security & Compliance Center anti-malware policy ZAP toggle feature is already available on some Office 365 environments. However, they will only hit live in November.

How will I control the malware ZAP toggle?

Most of the system’s protection features will be automatic, including the malware, phish, and spam engines.

Because of this, the Malware ZAP will remove malicious attachments automatically, while the Phish and Spam ZAPs will move the entire messages to the Junk folder.

Of course, these settings can be deactivated when certain situations arise, as stated by an official Microsoft post.

These people can perform only the tasks that you explicitly grant them access to. To access the Security & Compliance Center, users need to be an Office 365 global administrator or a member of one or more Security & Compliance Center role groups.

These include granting permissions to individuals that perform compliance tasks like device management, data loss prevention, eDiscovery, retention, etc.

Can’t wait for the new protection offered to Office 365 users? Let us know in the comments section below.


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