November 25, 2020
Microsoft Application Guard Update Allows Users to Open Attachments without Unleashing Malware

Microsoft Says this New Security Feature will Let People Open Attachments without the Fear of Unleashing Malware

Microsoft claims that this security feature will help businesses avoid malware attacks, even when people open suspicious attachments…

Software giant Microsoft is inching ever-closer to public availability of its Application Guard security tool for 365 apps. This provides IT admins and security staffers with a bit more peace-of-mind that when employees open risks attachments, the corporate network won’t suffer a widespread malware outbreak. It’s a huge step but a necessary one, particularly if the software manufacturer wants it to be available to the general public.

Microsoft Application Guard Update Allows Users to Open Attachments without Unleashing Malware

Microsoft explains that its Application Guard for Office or its Defender Application Guard for Office, “helps prevent untrusted files from accessing trusted resources, keeping your enterprise safe from new and emerging attacks.” It’s already enjoyed a decent level of success after integrating it into its Edge browser. That feature allows users to open website safely by isolating the browser’s processes from the underlying OS and the machine itself.

Application Guard will allow users to securely read, edit, print, as well as save files in a siloed environment, instead of having to reopen those files outside the container. The feature however, won’t be enabled by default. And, it’s only available to Microsoft 365 E5 and Microsoft 365 E5 Security licenses.

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