Redirecting accounts from Office 365 Security and Compliance Center to Microsoft 365 Defender

Important

The improved Microsoft 365 security center is now available. This new experience brings Defender for Endpoint, Defender for Office 365, Microsoft 365 Defender, and more into the Microsoft 365 security center. Learn what's new.

Applies to:

  • Microsoft 365 Defender
  • Defender for Office 365

This article explains how to route accounts to Microsoft 365 Defender by enabling automatic redirection from the former Office 365 Security and Compliance Center (protection.office.com), to Microsoft 365 Defender (security.microsoft.com).

What to expect

Once automatic redirection is enabled and active, users accessing the security-related capabilities in Office 365 Security and Compliance (protection.office.com), will be automatically routed to Microsoft 365 Defender (https://security.microsoft.com).

Learn more about what’s changed: Microsoft Defender for Office 365 in Microsoft 365 Defender.

With automatic redirection turned on, users will be routed to Microsoft 365 Defender when they use security capabilities in the Office 365 Security and Compliance Center.

These include capabilities in the Threat Management section and the Threat Management dashboard and reports. Items in the Office 365 Security and Compliance Center that are not related to security are not redirected to Microsoft 365 Defender.

Compliance-related items can be found in the Microsoft 365 compliance center, and mail-flow related items can be found in the Exchange admin center.

All other capabilities, whether compliance-related or capabilities that serve both are not affected by redirection. Office 365 security alerts appear in both Microsoft 365 Defender and the Office 365 Security and Compliance center, without redirection.

Set up portal redirection

To start routing accounts to Microsoft 365 Defender at security.microsoft.com:

  1. Make sure you’re a global administrator or have security administrator permissions in Azure Active directory.
  2. Sign in to Microsoft 365 Defender.
  3. Navigate to Settings > Email & collaboration > Portal redirection.
  4. Toggle the Automatic redirection setting to On.
  5. Click Enable to apply automatic redirection to Microsoft 365 Defender.

Note

After redirection is enabled, accounts in active sessions while this setting is applied will not be ejected from their session and will only be routed to Microsoft 365 Defender after ending their current session and signing back in again.

Can I go back to using the former portal?

If something isn’t working for you or if there’s anything you’re unable to complete through Microsoft 365 Defender, we want to hear about it using the portal feedback option. If you’ve encountered any issues with redirection, please let us know.

To revert to the former portal:

  1. Sign in to Microsoft 365 Defender as a global administrator or using and account with security administrator permissions in Azure Active directory.

  2. Navigate to Settings > Email & collaboration > Portal redirection.

  3. Toggle the Automatic redirection setting to Off.

  4. Click Disable & share feedback when prompted.

This setting can be enabled again at any time.