Defense Microsoft Teams with Nine Microsoft 365 Policies

Do you know Microsoft Teams Admin Center is not the only place to configure Teams Security? As Microsoft Teams strongly wired with SharePoint, OneDrive, and Exchange – Microsoft Teams take advantage of Microsoft 365 Security-Protection-compliance policies. As a customer of Microsoft 365, we only own our data residing in the Microsoft 365 Tenant, therefore, as an Enterprise Administrator configuring advanced security and compliance capabilities is an essential part of the planning phase of Microsoft 365 workloads deployment which includes Microsoft Teams as well. How these security offerings are inter-related with Microsoft Teams and other services is depicted in the following screen:

Now, let us have a light dive on Teams specific – Nine Microsoft 365 policies (At the time when this article is written) meant to secure and protect Teams and its content apart from policies that are available in Microsoft Teams Admin center as follows:

1. Safe attachment policy:

This policy protects users from opening or sharing a malicious file in Teams, including SharePoint and OneDrive.

2. Safe links policy

Safe links policy safeguards users from accessing malicious links in emails, documents, and Team conversations.

3.Conditional access policy

The conditional access policy provides access control to users based on group membership, users, locations, devices, and applications.

4. Data encryption policy

This policy provides an additional layer of security for encrypting the content at the application level to align with organization compliance obligations.

5. Information barrier policy

This policy helps to control communication in teams between specific users for compliance reasons.

6. Communication compliance policy

This policy helps detect and act upon unprofessional messages within the Microsoft Teams that may put your organization at risk.

7. Sensitivity label policy

Sensitivity Label policy allows users to apply sensitivity labels while creating or editing teams to secure the content in the Teams.

8. Data loss prevention policy

This policy draws a boundary within internal or external users to protect sensitive information relevant to your business.

9. Retention policy

This policy helps to retain or delete a Teams chat as per the organization policies, legal requirements, or industry standards.

The above policies give a quick glance at Microsoft Teams’ security, protection, and compliance capabilities through Microsoft 365 policies. However, For more information, please have a look at the Microsoft Technical Community Article here explaining each policy with further details.

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