At Ignite 2018, Microsoft reasserted its focus on cybersecurity across three key themes: security operations that work for you, enterprise-class technology, and driving partnerships for a heterogenous world.  Microsoft Threat Protection is built with these foundational elements, offering SecOps capabilities designed for securing today’s enterprise, with several services in the overall solution leveraging partners to ensure extended coverage for our customers.  Microsoft Threat Protection is also designed to address the most common security challenges our customers tell us they face (figure 1).


Figure 1.  Our customer’s security challenges.Figure 1. Our customer’s security challenges.


Our customers have told us they worry about the growing volume and sophistication of the threat landscape, the expanding attack surface, and the difficulty of making intelligent decisions quickly and cost-effectively.  These customer concerns led to the development of Microsoft Threat Protection and the services of this broad solution are designed to work collectively to help solve our customer’s pain points.   Microsoft Threat Protection helps secure the modern workplace across its entire attack surface, securing identities, endpoints, cloud apps, and infrastructure.


 Figure 2.  The end to end Microsoft Threat Protection solution, securing identities, endpoints, user data, cloud apps, and infrastructure.Figure 2. The end to end Microsoft Threat Protection solution, securing identities, endpoints, user data, cloud apps, and infrastructure.


As figure 2 highlights, Microsoft Threat Protection is enriched by 6.5 trillion daily signals harnessed from the Microsoft Intelligent Security Graph (figure 3).  The Intelligent Security Graph serves as the foundation for all of Microsoft’s security solutions, obtaining threat signal from Microsoft’s services, expansive user base, and global footprint.  The Intelligence Security Graph blends threat signal with powerful machine learning capabilities, threat analysis from our 3500+ in-house security specialists, and support from over $1 billion in annual cybersecurity investments.  The Intelligent Security Graph helps remove the noise from the threat landscape, providing intelligent solutions to mitigate today’s attack campaigns, from generic high volume threats, to more sophisticated and targeted attacks.   It is the powerful differentiator which elevates Microsoft’s security solutions to the forefront of the security industry, enabling seamless integration and signal sharing, bringing together a disparate set of services into a cohesive, end to end solution securing the modern workplace.


 Figure 3.  Breadth and depth of signal sources for the Microsoft Intelligent Security GraphFigure 3. Breadth and depth of signal sources for the Microsoft Intelligent Security Graph


The services in Microsoft Threat Protection


Since today’s enterprise has an extensive attack surface, attacks can come from anywhere.  As such, no one service can secure the entire modern workplace.  Groups of services must work in tandem to secure the different attack vectors to help ensure an enterprise’s is secured across the entire attack surface.  Figure 4 summarizes the full set of services which are part of Microsoft Threat Protection.  As we demonstrated, different groups of solutions help secure a different attack vector:




Figure 4.  Microsoft Threat Protections servicesFigure 4. Microsoft Threat Protections services

Customers who leverage all the services in Microsoft Threat Protection will enjoy a fully integrated, end-to-end solution, securing their enterprise, across the entire attack surface.  In fact, the integration is not limited to the technological back end.  Microsoft Threat Protection policies and information can be accessed from the Microsoft Security Center which surfaces signal from all the different services in one single, unified, console (figure 5), providing both visibility and control over the entire enterprise environment.  This portal not only provides alerts and monitoring of threats impacting the organization, but also offers the ability to make real-time policy changes to help ensure the organization’s security evolves to stay ahead of the changing threats. 



 Figure 5.  The Microsoft Security CenterFigure 5. The Microsoft Security Center

As the graphs in figure 5 show, the Microsoft Threat Protection solution goes far beyond protection.  It has a rich set of detection, response and remediation, and education and training capabilities.  From our extensive work with customers across the globe, we understand that protection is only one part of security.  Thus, the most effective and robust solutions must also allow for quick detection, rapid response, and full remediation of threats.  Microsoft Threat Protection even offers the ability to simulate threat campaigns, enabling customers to educate their end users on how to react in the event of an attack (figure 6).


 Figure 6.  Microsoft Threat Protection is designed to protect, detect, and respond to threats but goes even further by helping educate customers and end users on modern threatsFigure 6. Microsoft Threat Protection is designed to protect, detect, and respond to threats but goes even further by helping educate customers and end users on modern threats


Learn More


Learn more about Microsoft Threat Protection by watching our recent Ignite session.  Also, make sure you check out the Microsoft Threat Protection page to learn more about the different services that are part of the solution and how it can help secure your modern workplace.












Super Contributor

Unification of various services is good, although i guess pricing will increase also. 

Valued Contributor

Is this a new license or product or just a unified console for the existing and newly announced services?

Frequent Contributor

I can't find any information on accessing the Microsoft Security Centre and getting the information as found in figure 5. Is this available now and if so how do you get to it?

Super Contributor

It shows as an address in that figure. But i guess it is not accessible via that URL yet. Design looks the same as the new Microsoft 365 Admin Center (white color, dynamic cards with graphs), which will only be available in 2019H1, so i guess Security Center is not coming out before that. But maybe you can try it out if you add your global admin to targeted release and then turn on the preview toggle in admin center.

Frequent Contributor

Thanks for the info Oleg. I did try that URL (although my old eyes may have got it wrong, so thanks for confirming the URL!). This URL currently only shows the existing Microsoft 365 Security and Compliance dashboard. I've got some customers who were asking for exactly what is shown in Figure 5, but I'll have to tell them it's not quite here yet.


Super Contributor

But I'm not even sure it will show exactly same picture when this is available. Maybe some cards will require to have particular licenses to be able to add/show them.

New Contributor

When is this available? 

Senior Member

@Debraj Ghosh still goes to the old Office Protection centre, not this new dashboard. 

And doesn't have this level of integration at all, especially not within the dashboards.


When will this product, or at least the design changes mentioned be released? Given this article is almost a year old.



Frequent Contributor

Is anyone from Microsoft responding to this post? @Debraj Ghosh, can you comment on the questions above?

Senior Member

Seems those 2 new URLs and the functionality within them are locked behind Microsoft 365 E5 licences.


When you acquire one of those licences it unlocks the option to turn on the preview (those pages) within the security and compliance center.


This should be better communicated, and these pages should really be available on any plan with EMS :unamused:

Super Contributor

That would be really dumb to give it only to E5. Maybe just a bug..