Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection Plan 2

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Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection Plan 2

Recently, Microsoft changed up some of the SKU’s relating to security & compliance out in the Microsoft/Office 365 universe. As part of these announcements, they renamed Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) to Office 365 ATP Plan 1. Then, to create Office 365 ATP Plan 2, they simply bundled Plan 1 (the original product) with Office 365 Threat Intelligence.

Both of these products have always been available as part of the E5 bundle. However, now there is a formal SKU that we can access as an add-on to any other subscription.

According to this Microsoft documentation on Office 365 Threat Intelligence, the new ATP plan 2 will be included in Microsoft 365 Business as well. However, I have not yet seen this come to pass in any of the tenants that I manage. So, it could also be a typo, I suppose (or they just haven’t gotten around to updating our tenants). Time will tell–and I might even open a ticket to ask about it.

Otherwise, Plan 2 will run USD 5.00/user/month for subscriptions that do not include it (Plan 1 is still USD 2.00/user/month–a great value on its own).

The benefits of the upgrade are pretty great. The new alert policies are fantastic–I’ve known that they were part of E5 plans, but I didn’t realize which product was lighting up those extras–it’s Office 365 Threat Intelligence. As well, you will gain access to Threat Trackers (dashboard-driven views for watching trending/evolving threats), Threat Explorer (use it to investigate suspicious emails) and an Attack simulator (which you can use to run campaigns to help identify vulnerable users–sort of like KnowBe4–but not quite as robust as that product).

It also includes integration with Windows Defender ATP (which in turn requires Windows 10 Enterprise–so this piece is not compatible with Microsoft 365 Business subscriptions as of today).

Plenty to explore here. The Office 365 ATP Plan 2 can also be obtained via the Identity and Threat Protection SKU, which is USD 12.00/user/month, and includes the following:

  • Azure AD Premium P2
  • Office 365 ATP P2
  • Microsoft Cloud App Security
  • Azure ATP
  • Windows Defender ATP

Cheers, and keep up the good work out there.

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