Get started with Threat Intelligence

If you are part of your organization's security team, you can use Threat Intelligence capabilities to protect your users from attacks. Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection Plan 2 (formerly Office 365 Threat Intelligence) helps security analysts and administrators keep users safe by bubbling up insights and identifying action based on what is happening in their your Office 365 environment. These insights are based on a comprehensive repository of threat intelligence data and systems to spot patterns that correspond to attack behaviors and suspicious activity.

Read this article to learn more about Threat Intelligence and how to get started.

What is Threat Intelligence?

Threat Intelligence is a collection of insights and information available in the Office 365 Security & Compliance Center. These insights can help your organization's security team protect Office 365 users from attacks. Threat Intelligence monitors signals and gathers data from multiple sources, such as user activity, authentication, email, compromised PCs, and security incidents. Business decision makers and Office 365 global administrators, security administrators, and security analysts can all use the information Office 365 Threat Intelligence provides to understand and respond to threats against Office 365 users and intellectual property.

Important

Beginning in February 2019 and rolling out over the next several months, Office 365 Threat Intelligence is becoming Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection Plan 2, with additional threat protection capabilities. To learn more, see Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection plans and pricing and the Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection Service Description.

Get acquainted with the Threat dashboard, Explorer, and Incidents

Threat Intelligence surfaces in the Security & Compliance Center, as a set of tools and reports, including the Threat dashboard, Threat Explorer, and Incidents.

Threat dashboard

Use the Threat dashboard (this is also referred to as the Security dashboard) to quickly see what threats have been addressed, and as a visual way to report to business decision makers how Office 365 services are securing your business.

Threat Intelligence Dashboard

To view and use this dashboard, in the Security & Compliance Center, go to Threat management > Dashboard.

Threat Explorer

Use the Threat Explorer (this is also called Explorer) to analyze threats, see the volume of attacks over time, and analyze data by threat families, attacker infrastructure, and more. Threat Explorer is the starting place for any security analyst's investigation workflow.

Threat explorer

To view and use this report, in the Security & Compliance Center, go to Threat management > Explorer.

Incidents

Use the Incidents list (this is also called Investigations) to see a list of in flight security incidents. Incidents are used to track threats such as suspicious email messages, and to conduct further investigation and remediation.

List of current Incidents in Office 365 Threat Intelligence

To view the list of current incidents for your organization, in the Security & Compliance Center, go to Threat management > Review > Incidents.

In the Security & Compliance Center, choose Threat management > Review

Learn more about Malware & Threats

As part of the Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection Plan 2 offering, security analysts can review details about a known threat. This is useful to determine whether there are additional preventative measures/steps that can be taken to keep users safe.

Security Trends showing information about recent threats

How do we get Threat Intelligence?

Threat Intelligence is now part of in Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection Plan 2, which is included in in certain subscriptions, such as Microsoft 365 Enterprise, Microsoft 365 Business, Office 365 Enterprise E5, Office 365 Education A5, etc. If your organization has a subscription that does not include Office 365 ATP, you can potentially purchase ATP as an add-on. For more information, see Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection plans and pricing and the Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection Service Description.

  1. As an Office 365 global administrator, go to https://portal.office.com and sign in using your work or school account for Office 365.

  2. Choose Admin > Billing to see what your current subscription includes.

    • If you see Office 365 Enterprise E5, then your organization has Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection Plan 2, which includes Threat Intelligence.
    • If you see a different subscription, such as Office 365 Enterprise E3 or Office 365 Enterprise E1, consider adding Advanced Threat Protection Plan 2. (To do that, choose + Add subscription.)
  3. In the Office 365 admin center, choose Users > Active users.

  4. Assign Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection licenses to all active users. (Only users who have a license for Threat Intelligence capabilities will show up in reports, such as Explorer.)

  5. Assign roles to people in your organization who will be working with the Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection. See Give users access to the Office 365 Security & Compliance Center, and refer to the following table:

To do this activity...
You must have one of these roles
Use the Threat dashboard (or the new Security dashboard)
View information about recent or current threats
Office 365 Global Administrator
Security Administrator (assigned in the Azure Active Directory admin center)
Security Reader (assigned in the Azure Active Directory admin center)
Use Threat Explorer (also referred to as Explorer)
Analyze threats
Office 365 Global Administrator
Security Administrator (assigned in the Security & Compliance Center)
Security Reader (assigned in the Security & Compliance Center)
View Incidents (also referred to as Investigations)
Add email messages to an incident
Office 365 Global Administrator
Security Administrator (assigned in the Security & Compliance Center)
Security Reader (assigned in the Security & Compliance Center)
Trigger email actions in an incident
Find and delete suspicious email messages
Office 365 Global Administrator or Security Administrator
One of the roles above and Search and Purge (assigned in the Security & Compliance Center)
Integrate Office 365 Threat Intelligence with Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection
Integrate Office 365 Threat Intelligence with a SIEM server
Office 365 Global Administrator
Security Administrator (assigned in the Security & Compliance Center)
Appropriate role assigned in additional applications (such as Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection portal or a SIEM server)

For information about roles, role groups, and permissions, see Permissions in the Office 365 Security & Compliance Center.

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