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Update to Quarantine retention period for Malware detections

Given feedback from customer on the need for an additional time to triage the emails or files that were quarantined as result of potential malware, Microsoft is increasing the retention period from 15 days to 30 days. When this will happen Standard Release: will begin rolling this out by end of July and expect to …

AAD Security Reader Role in Microsoft Defender for Cloud Apps – Alignment with Microsoft 365 Defender

Currently the AAD “Security Reader” role can manage Microsoft Defender for Cloud Apps alerts, however, it can only view alerts from all other security workloads. The AAD “Security Reader” role update will now be aligned with AAD role definition to provide clarity and prevent confusion of the same role use. When this will happen: As …

Maintain protection when creating PDFs [Preview]

Please review the blog post: Apply sensitivity labels to PDFs created with Office apps for additional details. Coming soon to public preview, Microsoft is introducing the ability to maintain label and protection for PDF files created from Microsoft Office apps.   When this will happen: Public preview: rollout will begin in late June and is expected to …

Upcoming behavior change to the “DoNotRewrite” List

With the deployment of the Tenant Allow/Block List, as being the single source of truth for Tenant Allows, other mechanisms for Tenant Allows are being removed. This will give SecOps teams one place to manage all Tenant Allows. Today, “DoNotRewrite” list is used to Skip wrapping URLs Detonation(SONAR) Verdicts. The intended purpose of “DoNotRewrite” is …

Change to soft-deleted period for inactive mailboxes

When all holds and retention policies are removed from an inactive mailbox, it becomes soft-deleted and remains in Exchange for a period of time to allow for recovery before permanent deletion. Based on customer feedback, and to maintain consistency with other solutions, Microsoft will be changing this period to 30 days (from current 183 days). …

[MDO] Password protected download of quarantined messages

With this change Microsoft is giving the ability to password protects items they download from quarantine. Microsoft wants users to be confident that the items they are downloading to their systems will not execute involuntarily without their consent, and this capability will allow them to safely transport the items to external analysis tools. When this …

Custom organization branding for quarantine notification

Microsoft will be adding capabilities to making it possible for Security Operations (SecOps) to customize end user quarantine notifications with their respective organization sender address and custom subject. When this will happen: Standard: will begin rolling out in late August and is expected to be complete by early September. Government: will begin rolling out in …

Microsoft Defender for Cloud Apps – Release 227, 228, 229, 230 & 231

Malware hashes available for SharePoint and OneDrive (Preview)In addition to file hashes available for malware detected in non-Microsoft storage apps, now new malware detection alerts will provide hashes for malware detected in SharePoint and OneDrive. For more information, see Malware detection. SaaS Security Posture Management capabilities for Salesforce and ServiceNowSecurity posture assessments are available for Salesforce …

Rollout of Security Default in Microsoft tenants

Microsoft has begun the rollout of security defaults to existing customers who haven’t yet rolled out security defaults or Azure AD Conditional Access.  Microsoft introduced security defaults in October 2019 for new tenants, ensuring that new customers would be created and maintained with basic security hygiene in place – especially MFA and modern auth requirements – regardless …

MDO – Introducing differentiated protection for priority accounts [General Availability]

The April 13, Microsoft announced general availability of differentiated protection for priority accounts, people like executives, leaders, managers, or other users who have access to sensitive, proprietary, or high priority information. With this release, users tagged as priority accounts will receive a higher level of protection against threats. Licences The Priority account protection feature is …

Microsoft Defender for Cloud Apps – Release 226

Improvements in malware detection for non-Microsoft storage appsDefender for Cloud Apps has introduced major improvements in the non-Microsoft storage apps detection mechanism. This will reduce the number of false positive alerts.

Microsoft Defender for Cloud Apps – Release 225

Support for Rome and San Diego ServiceNow versionsThe Defender for Cloud Apps connector for ServiceNow now supports Rome and San Diego versions of ServiceNow. With this update, you can protect the latest versions of ServiceNow using Defender for Cloud Apps. For more information, see Connect ServiceNow to Microsoft Defender for Cloud Apps.

Dynamic administrative units for users & devices [Public Preview]

With dynamic administrative units, you no longer have to manually manage membership of your administrative units (or write your own automation to manage it for you).Indeed, I previously used a custom script in order to populate the Administrative Units with members, and it can take some time to finish… Instead, Azure AD allows you to specify …

Enablement of combined security information registration for Azure Active Directory

In April 2020, the combined security information registration experience for registering both multifactor authentication (MFA) and self-service password reset (SSPR) was released for you to opt in. Upcoming, Microsoft will be making the new combined security information registration experience the default for all tenants. Note: This change will not impact you if your tenant was …

Microsoft Defender for Cloud Apps (formerly MCAS) – Release 222, 223 and 224

Updated severity levels for Defender for Cloud Apps anomaly detectionsThe severity levels for Defender for Cloud Apps built-in anomaly detection alerts are being changed to better reflect the risk level in the event of true positive alerts. The new severity levels can be seen in the policies page: https://portal.cloudappsecurity.com/#/policy

Sensitivity labels now apply to modified documents

If you’ve configured users for a default sensitivity label policy for Office documents, the label you chose will automatically be applied to Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents you create or modify. Previously, this only applied to new documents only. Note: This update applies to Word, Excel, and PowerPoint on the Web, and Word and PowerPoint on …

Retirement announcement for AIP Audit Logs pipeline forwarding audit logs to Azure Log Analytics workspaces

Microsoft will no longer be onboarding new Log Analytics workspaces to store Azure Information Protection (AIP) audit logs. Note: Customers who have previously configured Log Analytics to store AIP audit logs will continue to receive forwarded audit logs into their workspaces until the data pipeline is fully retired. When this will happen: Microsoft will stop …

[MDO] Some cmdlets will be retired in May 2022

Get-AdvancedThreatProtectionDocumentReport and Get-AdvancedThreatProtectionDocumentDetail will be retired Microsoft will be retiring the Get-AdvancedThreatProtectionDocumentReport and Get-AdvancedThreatProtectionDocumentDetail cmdlet from Microsoft Defender for Office 365. Instead, Microsoft recommends the use of the Get-ContentMalwareMdoAggregateReport | Get-ContentMalwareMdoDetailReport cmdlet. Key points Timing: retirement will begin in early May and is expected to complete by mid-May Action: review and transition to the Get-ContentMalwareMdoAggregateReport …

Microsoft Defender for Cloud Apps (formerly MCAS) – Release 221

Egnyte app connector available in public previewA new app connector for Egnyte is available in public preview. You can now connect Microsoft Defender for Cloud Apps to Atlassian to monitor and protect users and activities. For more information, see Connect Egnyte to Microsoft Defender for Cloud Apps (Preview).

Microsoft Defender for Cloud Apps (formerly MCAS) – Release 220

New Cloud discovery log collectorThe Cloud Discovery log collector has been updated to Ubuntu 20.04. To install it, see Configure automatic log upload for continuous reports.