Compare Microsoft Advanced Threat Protection vs IRONSCALES

See this comparison of Microsoft Advanced Threat Protection vs IRONSCALES. Microsoft Advanced Threat Protection rates 2.5/5 stars. IRONSCALES rates 5.0/5 stars.


ATP protects OneDrive & SharePoint from malware and provides enhanced email protection.


IRONSCALES blocks phishing attacks with machine learning algorithms.


SMBs looking for an extra layer of threat protection to protect OneDrive & block advanced email threats.


Organizations who are suffering with social engineering attacks like phishing and business email compromise.

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 some 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 solution is a popular choice for companies using Office 365 with no additional third party security platform, as it adds an extra layer of protection to emails at a low cost.

Who are Ironscales?

IRONSCALES is a leading cybersecurity vendor with a focus on preventing social engineering style attacks. IRONSCALES deliver Anti-Phishing and Advanced Threat Protection using an integrated bundle of powerful threat technologies to stop 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.

IRONSCALES 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.

Profile: Microsoft Advanced Threat Protection

Post-Delivery Protection
Redmond, WA, US
Cloud via O365 Portal
Starting Price:
$2 or $5 user/month
Suitable For:
Office 365 customers looking for default option


Post-Delivery Protection
Tel Aviv, Israel & Altanta, US
API within Office 365, API within G Suite, Install on Exchange
Starting Price:
$2.00, $3.75 or $5.00 user/month depending on package
Suitable For:
SMB & Enterprise


  • Automatically scans all email attachments for malware
  • Scans all URLs with emails and Office documents to prevent the spread of viruses
  • Scans files within OneDrive and SharePoint 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 spam 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 365

Microsoft Advanced Threat Protection offers businesses an extra layer of protection against malicious threats and phishing attacks. It’s low cost, easy to deploy and easy to manage as it’s fully integrated with Office 365. 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.

For this reason, Microsoft ATP should not be used alone to protect businesses from phishing or targeted social engineering attacks. If you are planning to use this solution as an extra layer of security, we also recommend using a dedicated third party security solution in our Post – Delivery Protection category. These solutions will be more effective to stop phishing attempts and business email compromise.


  • Machine learning algorithms offer advanced protection against phishing attacks and impersonation threats
  • Identifies and prevents business email compromise attempts
  • Works with O365, G-Suite and Exchange
  • Reduces the burden on security and IT teams as it works automatically and efficiently
  • Easy installation without changing DNS or MX records
  • Analytics such as real time reports on affected mailboxes, spam analysis and ‘inbox behavioral 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
  • End users notified of suspect phishing emails via banners in Outlook or in their mobile email client

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 O365, 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.

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