Microsoft 365 gains two new offerings focused on security and compliance

Microsoft this week announced two new offerings to its Microsoft 365 repertoire for companies focused on beefing up protection against cybersecurity threats and ensuring compliance with regulations on sensitive data. Both offerings are set to become available on February 1.

The first new option, dubbed "Identity & Threat Protection," includes the gamut of Microsoft's advanced threat protection services across Office 365, Windows 10, and Enterprise Mobility and Security (EMS). That includes Azure Advanced Threat Protection (ATP), Windows Defender ATP, and Office 365 ATP including Threat Intelligence, along with Microsoft Cloud App Security and Azure Active Directory.

The second option, called "Information Protection & Compliance," bundles together Office 365 Advance Compliance and Azure Information Protection. The offering is meant to help companies stay in compliance with regulations for handling sensitive data, such as the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Companies will be able to see a compliance score across their Microsoft cloud services, and sensitive data will be automatically classified and protected. Microsoft is also using AI to "efficiently respond to regulatory requests."

As for pricing, the Identity & Threat protection package will be available at a cost of $12 per user per month, while Information Protection & Compliance will run $10 per user per month. The services in each package are also available together as part of the Microsoft 365 E5 suite.

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