Product Comparison

Microsoft Advanced Threat Protection vs IRONSCALES

Common Comparisons

Overall Score
Spear Phishing Protection
Business Email Compromise
AI Adaptiveness

Summary

Review date: February 14th 2019

Snapshot: ATP protects email networks from unknown and sophisticated attacks.

What is Microsoft Advanced Threat Protection?

Microsoft Advanced Threat protection is a cyber security platform made for Office 365 users. It’s a low cost option that sits on top of Office 365’s inbuilt secure email gateway to scan emails for threats inside the email network. It offers protection against threats like malicious links, phishing attacks and unsafe attachments. It also offers critical insights into who is being targeted within an organisation with reporting and URL tracing. This platform is completely integrated with Office 365. This makes it suited for organisations looking for an extra layer of advanced threat protection at a low cost.

For: SMBs looking for an extra layer of threat protection to block advanced email threats like malicious attachments and phishing.

Not For: Enterprise customers facing targeted spear phishing and business email compromise attacks.

Features:

  • Automatically scans all email attachments for malware
  • Scans all URLs with emails and Office documents to prevent the spread of viruses
  • Scans files within cloud storage platforms like DropBox and OneDrive for viruses
  • Uses Microsoft’s Spoof Intelligence platform to identify spam and viruses trying to spoof businesses domains
  • Applies machine learning and impersonation detection algorithms to scan incoming messages to filter out phishing and spear phishing emails
  • Real time protection from users clicking on malicious links
  • Reporting dashboard that allows you to investigate blocked messages and trace clicks on malicious content
  • Easy to deploy and manage, being fully integrated with Office 355

Expert Insight:

Microsoft Advanced Threat Protection offers a useful layer of extra protection for small and medium sized businesses who want an extra layer of protection against malicious threats and phishing attacks. It’s low cost, and easy to deploy and manage being fully integrated with Office 365. It does a good job at identifying and blocking spam emails. The machine learning and impersonation detection systems offer businesses a basic level of protection against phishing attacks. However. In October 2017, researchers announced that Microsoft had missed 34,000 phishing emails, demonstrating that it is not the most effective phishing protection platform.

The platform is not as advanced as some competitor services but does offer streamlined management and reporting. Microsoft ATP is a good layer of basic advanced threat protection, on top of O365’s in-built spam filter, which may be sufficient for SMBs looking for basic phishing or virus protection. But it should not be used to protect businesses from advanced or targeted social engineering attacks.

It’s important to note that this platform is still in development with multiple updates on the horizon. This includes Threat Intelligence capabilities, native link rendering and new quarantine capabilities. This shows that Microsoft is still investing time and resources into making this a better platform for businesses to use to protect themselves from advanced email threats such as phishing.

Overall Score
Spear Phishing Protection
Business Email Compromise
AI Adaptiveness

Summary

Review date: October 15th 2018

Snapshot: IronScales blocks phishing attacks with machine learning algorithms.

Who are Ironscales?

IronScales is a leading cybersecurity vendor with a focus on preventing social engineering style attacks. IronSights is their post-delivery protection platform which stops threats inside the email network. It’s especially geared towards preventing spear phishing and business email compromise, in which attackers will impersonate the CEO or other senior employees within a company. IronSights uses machine learning algorithms to detect anomalies based on both email data and metadata the algorithms have scanned from past communications. This means they can accurately block phishing attacks that wouldn’t otherwise be stopped by other security techniques.

For: Medium to large sized enterprises who are suffering with social engineering attacks like phishing and business email compromise.

Not For: Small companies suffering from basic spam.

Features:

  • Machine learning algorithms offer advanced protection against phishing attacks and impersonation threats
  • Identifies and prevents business email compromise attempts
  • Works with O365 and G Suite
  • Reduces the burden on security and IT teams as it works automatically and efficiently
  • Easy installation without changing DNA or MX records, and works on mobile platforms
  • Analytics such as real time reports on affected mailboxes, spam analysis and ‘inbox behavioural analysis’
  • All attacks are verified by human intelligence teams
  • Excellent support and easy administration
  • Recent partnership with Ninjio means that the platform also offers high quality security awareness training
  • Sender fingerprinting and advanced mapping of trusted external and internal senders

Expert Insight:

IronScales’ advanced email protection service IronSights is a strong solution for email security within the email inbox. The powerful machine learning algorithms accurately detects and contains phishing attempts. This is a powerful platform for blocking business email compromise attacks. The platform works on Gmail and O65, with easy cloud based or on-premise deployment. This is an ideal platform for automating phishing protection, with machine learning quarantining emails without any IT management necessary.

IronScales also offers a range of reports and analytics into email flow and security threats. They generate advanced mapping of trusted external and internal senders to help improve the overall security of an organisation. IronScales is a market leading solution for customers looking for powerful phishing protection.

Overall Score
Spear Phishing Protection
Business Email Compromise
AI Adaptiveness

Summary

Review date: February 14th 2019

Snapshot: ATP protects email networks from unknown and sophisticated attacks.

What is Microsoft Advanced Threat Protection?

Microsoft Advanced Threat protection is a cyber security platform made for Office 365 users. It’s a low cost option that sits on top of Office 365’s inbuilt secure email gateway to scan emails for threats inside the email network. It offers protection against threats like malicious links, phishing attacks and unsafe attachments. It also offers critical insights into who is being targeted within an organisation with reporting and URL tracing. This platform is completely integrated with Office 365. This makes it suited for organisations looking for an extra layer of advanced threat protection at a low cost.

For: SMBs looking for an extra layer of threat protection to block advanced email threats like malicious attachments and phishing.

Not For: Enterprise customers facing targeted spear phishing and business email compromise attacks.

Features:

  • Automatically scans all email attachments for malware
  • Scans all URLs with emails and Office documents to prevent the spread of viruses
  • Scans files within cloud storage platforms like DropBox and OneDrive for viruses
  • Uses Microsoft’s Spoof Intelligence platform to identify spam and viruses trying to spoof businesses domains
  • Applies machine learning and impersonation detection algorithms to scan incoming messages to filter out phishing and spear phishing emails
  • Real time protection from users clicking on malicious links
  • Reporting dashboard that allows you to investigate blocked messages and trace clicks on malicious content
  • Easy to deploy and manage, being fully integrated with Office 355

Expert Insight:

Microsoft Advanced Threat Protection offers a useful layer of extra protection for small and medium sized businesses who want an extra layer of protection against malicious threats and phishing attacks. It’s low cost, and easy to deploy and manage being fully integrated with Office 365. It does a good job at identifying and blocking spam emails. The machine learning and impersonation detection systems offer businesses a basic level of protection against phishing attacks. However. In October 2017, researchers announced that Microsoft had missed 34,000 phishing emails, demonstrating that it is not the most effective phishing protection platform.

The platform is not as advanced as some competitor services but does offer streamlined management and reporting. Microsoft ATP is a good layer of basic advanced threat protection, on top of O365’s in-built spam filter, which may be sufficient for SMBs looking for basic phishing or virus protection. But it should not be used to protect businesses from advanced or targeted social engineering attacks.

It’s important to note that this platform is still in development with multiple updates on the horizon. This includes Threat Intelligence capabilities, native link rendering and new quarantine capabilities. This shows that Microsoft is still investing time and resources into making this a better platform for businesses to use to protect themselves from advanced email threats such as phishing.

Overall Score
Spear Phishing Protection
Business Email Compromise
AI Adaptiveness

Summary

Review date: October 15th 2018

Snapshot: IronScales blocks phishing attacks with machine learning algorithms.

Who are Ironscales?

IronScales is a leading cybersecurity vendor with a focus on preventing social engineering style attacks. IronSights is their post-delivery protection platform which stops threats inside the email network. It’s especially geared towards preventing spear phishing and business email compromise, in which attackers will impersonate the CEO or other senior employees within a company. IronSights uses machine learning algorithms to detect anomalies based on both email data and metadata the algorithms have scanned from past communications. This means they can accurately block phishing attacks that wouldn’t otherwise be stopped by other security techniques.

For: Medium to large sized enterprises who are suffering with social engineering attacks like phishing and business email compromise.

Not For: Small companies suffering from basic spam.

Features:

  • Machine learning algorithms offer advanced protection against phishing attacks and impersonation threats
  • Identifies and prevents business email compromise attempts
  • Works with O365 and G Suite
  • Reduces the burden on security and IT teams as it works automatically and efficiently
  • Easy installation without changing DNA or MX records, and works on mobile platforms
  • Analytics such as real time reports on affected mailboxes, spam analysis and ‘inbox behavioural analysis’
  • All attacks are verified by human intelligence teams
  • Excellent support and easy administration
  • Recent partnership with Ninjio means that the platform also offers high quality security awareness training
  • Sender fingerprinting and advanced mapping of trusted external and internal senders

Expert Insight:

IronScales’ advanced email protection service IronSights is a strong solution for email security within the email inbox. The powerful machine learning algorithms accurately detects and contains phishing attempts. This is a powerful platform for blocking business email compromise attacks. The platform works on Gmail and O65, with easy cloud based or on-premise deployment. This is an ideal platform for automating phishing protection, with machine learning quarantining emails without any IT management necessary.

IronScales also offers a range of reports and analytics into email flow and security threats. They generate advanced mapping of trusted external and internal senders to help improve the overall security of an organisation. IronScales is a market leading solution for customers looking for powerful phishing protection.