What is Advanced Threat Protection?
Advanced Threat Protection or ATP, is a Windows 10 service that helps users in preventing zero-day malware attacks by analyzing inbound email attachments for any new threats and block them right away. This is a really good service especially nowadays where ransomware attacks are rampant. Most of these ransomware attacks make use of spam emails in distributing their malicious payloads.
Every Advanced Threat Protection classifies a threat into the following categories:
- Clean – it signifies that the file only has minimal risk or no malicious indicators are identified and found.
- Suspicious – this signifies that the file has a medium risk and that it poses a potential risk.
- Malicious – this category signifies that the file is a high-risk and that there’s a great likelihood of the file being infected with a malware.
Now you see why it is essential to review ATP Reports before opening any email attachments sent your way. So how do view these Advanced Threat Protection Reports? You can review all these ATP reports in the Security and Compliance Center. Just go to the Reports and then Dashboard. And in there, you can find three kinds of ATP reports such as the following:
- Threat protection status report
- ATP Message Threat Protection File Types report
- Advanced Threat Protection File Types report
Let’s have a look at each protection status reports.
Threat protection status report
To get a hold of this report, go to the Security and Compliance Center and proceed to Threat management and the select Advanced Threats. And for an even more detailed status for any day, just hover over the graph. The threat protection status report will display an aggregated count of unique email messages with malicious contents such as files or links which are blocked by the built-in ATP protection feature like the ATP safe links and the ATP safe attachments.
As you can see on the given illustration above, there is a detailed list of the detections such as the subject lines and how each item was detected. To view the observed behavior of the item, just simply click on it. It’ll show whether the item was inbound or outbound as well as how it was detected and perform advanced analysis if needed be.
ATP Message Disposition report
The ATP Disposition report displays the actions that were confirmed for email messages which were suspected to contain some malicious links or files. To view this report, navigate to the Reports section which is can be seen under the Security and Compliance Center > Dashboard and then the ATP Message Disposition. Just click on the report to open it and view a more detailed information of the report.
Advanced Threat Protection File Types report
The Advanced Threat Protection File Types report informs a users about some malicious file or link that were detected via the ATP safe links and safe attachment features. To view the Advanced Threat Protection File Types report, simply go to the Reports section as outlined above and select Dashboard and then ATP File Type.
The next thing you have to do is to hover your mouse cursor to a specific day. And there, you can see the number of malicious files and links that were identified. Click on the ATP File Types report to view even more detailed information of the report.
Clearly, Advanced Threat Protection provides a useful and convenient way for users to create and define policies that help in making sure that no malicious links or files gets past the computer. This is a really great service in Windows 10 considering the fact that malware infections like ransomware are mostly distributed as email attachments.
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