Regardless of your security concerns and actions, you could still find the risk of your data exposure and online threats, even in the apps of Microsoft Office 365, until now!
Microsoft will soon introduce a change in the online Office 365 suite, as the client application is now integrated with Antimalware Scan Interface. This course of action has been taken due to the bad-intended actors who embedded malware in the form of scripts and macros in Microsoft Word and PowerPoint.
With the reports of the previous week, Microsoft posted on their official blog page mentioning about a regeneration that will soon take place as an action against the macro-based malware threats evolved in recent years. The organization has also invested to counter the threat and improve detection mechanisms solutions, which will analyze bad macros by threat security solutions in the cloud.
Meanwhile, Microsoft is also unveiling the solution by AMSI, which is an open interface that is available to any other antivirus applications. To leverage the new security service, active users may need to visit offce.com/setup and check their subscriptions. In case the validity is expiring, renewal of the product is mandatory.
What is Microsoft’s approach to secure Office Setup?
The integration is classified into three separate divisions as mentioned:
- Logging macro behavior
- Triggering a scan
- Stopping the malicious behavior
As the scan goes through the mentioned filters, AMSI will conclude if the script or macro is ill disposed or not. This service will turn on by default on the Monthly Channel of Office 365, and in Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Access, Visio, and Publisher. Now, whether you use Office setup 2016 or any product package, keep checking for the subscription to maintain the protection of your data. Also, if you are using Microsoft Office free version, you may need to purchase your subscription as the validity expires.