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Microsoft 365 Business is an integrated solution that includes Office 365, plus device management and security capabilities

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To further protect small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) from cyberthreats and safeguard sensitive information, Microsoft has added new features to Microsoft 365 Business including AI-powered analysis to detect and discard dangerous messages.

Microsoft 365 Business is an integrated solution that includes Office 365, plus device management and security capabilities.

“Now we’re adding new ways to protect against phishing and ransomware and prevent unintentional leaks of business data,” the Microsoft 365 team wrote in a blog post this week.

Cyber criminals use phishing and ransomware attacks to get people to download viruses and malware or unwittingly give out sensitive information. These attacks can cause significant issues for a business, ranging from loss of customer trust to financial woes.

To help bolster the defences of SMBs against phishing, malware and viruses, Microsoft 365 Business now includes advanced protection from cyberthreats, including sophisticated scanning of attachments and AI-powered analysis to detect and discard dangerous messages, the blog post said.

Other features added to the solution includes automatic checks of links in email to assess if they are part of a phishing scheme and prevent users from accessing unsafe websites.

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It also added tools to prevent devices from interacting with ransomware and other malicious web locations.

According to a survey conducted by Microsoft, 71 per cent SMBs feel vulnerable to cyberattack, jumping to 87 per cent for businesses that have already experienced a breach.

Most SMBs handle sensitive information and preventing unintentional leaks of these types of sensitive information can be a challenge, despite the best efforts and good intentions of employees.

Also Read: Novel Security Tools Announced By Microsoft

To identify, monitor and protect sensitive information such as social security and credit card numbers of SMBS, Microsoft added data loss prevention policies to Microsoft 365 Business.

It also added information protection in Outlook to let SMBs and their employees manage access to sensitive data in emails.

With this feature, they can set encryption rules to prevent an email from being forwarded, copied or pasted into other programmes.

To help ensure data is properly retained with continuous data backup and compliance, it added email archiving and preservation policies.  (IANS)

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Tech Giants to join Data Transfer Project (DTP) To Help Users Manage Data

The Data Transfer Project uses services' existing APIs and authorisation mechanisms to access data. It then uses service specific adapters to transfer that data into a common format, and then back into the new service's API.

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According to Google, the project will let users "transfer data directly from one service to another, without needing to download and re-upload it". (Wikimedia Commons)

To help billions of users manage their data and help them transfer that into and out of online services without privacy issues, four tech giants — Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Twitter — on Friday announced to join the open source initiative called Data Transfer Project (DTP).

In the early stages at the moment, the Data Transfer Project will help users of one service to use their data to sign up for another service with encryption.

“Using your data from one service when you sign up for another still isn’t as easy as it should be. Today we’re excited to announce that we’re participating in the Data Transfer Project,” said Steve Satterfield, Privacy and Public Policy Director at Facebook in a statement.

The initiative comes at a time when data-sharing is making headlines — be it the massive Cambridge Analytica data scandal or third-party apps accessing users’ data at various platforms — amid countries announcing new data-protection laws like the European General Data Regulation Protection (GDPR).

Moving data between any two services can be complicated because every service is built differently and uses different types of data that may require unique privacy controls and settings.

“For example, you might use an app where you share photos publicly, a social networking app where you share updates with friends, and a fitness app for tracking your workouts,” said Satterfield.

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Moving data between any two services can be complicated because every service is built differently. Pixabay

“These are the kinds of issues the Data Transfer Project will tackle. The Project is in its early stages, and we hope more organisations and experts will get involved,” he added.

The Data Transfer Project uses services’ existing APIs and authorisation mechanisms to access data. It then uses service specific adapters to transfer that data into a common format, and then back into the new service’s API.

According to Google, the project will let users “transfer data directly from one service to another, without needing to download and re-upload it”.

The tech giants also released a white paper on this project.

“The future of portability will need to be more inclusive, flexible, and open. Our hope for this project is that it will enable a connection between any two public-facing product interfaces for importing and exporting data directly,” read the white paper.

According to Damien Kieran, Data Protection Officer at Twitter, right now, much of the online products and services we use do not interact with each other in a coherent and intuitive fashion.

“Information that is housed on one platform cannot be easily and securely transferred to other services. This is not a positive collective experience for the people who use our services and we are keen to work through some of the challenges as an industry,” Twitter said.

Also Read-Google, Facebook Have Been Using “Dark Patterns”: Report

The Data Transfer Project was formed in 2017 to create an open-source, service-to-service data portability platform so that all individuals across the web could easily move their data between online service providers whenever they want. (IANS)