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When we announced the public preview of web content filtering as part of Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP), we set out to deliver to customers a feature that empowered security admins to create acceptable web usage policies across their organizations. Security teams were enabled to author policies to track and regulate access to websites based on specified content categories, and also get visibility into blocks and web usage through the Microsoft Defender Security Center 

 

During the public preview, we received positive feedback on the simplicity of the feature due to the ease of creating and deploying policies at scalewithout the need for additional agents or hardwareHowever, one critical piece of feedback we received was that this feature was too expensive to implement, since it required an additional partner license.  

 

We have heard your feedback and are excited to share that going forward, web content filtering will be offered as part of Microsoft Defender ATP without any additional partner licensing. Now you get the benefits of web content filtering without the need for additional agentshardware, and costs.  

 

If you joined in on the public previewyou might be in one of the following scenarios: 

  • If your 60-day trial for the partner license has already expired, all your policies are now active and protecting your enterprise.  
  • If you have an active 60-day trial for a partner license, all your policies will continue to work even after 60 days.  

You can un-register any partner integration that you have previously signed up for in the Azure portal: 

  • Go to Azure Active Directory > App Registrations 
  • Search for the name you have registered the partner app (Cyren 
  • Select the partner application and delete it. 

 

For the time being, this feature continues to be in public previewThose customers that have preview features turned on can start trying out web content filtering in Microsoft Defender ATP today. If you haven’t yet opted in, we encourage you to turn on preview features in the Microsoft Defender Security Center. 

 

Want your organization to track and regulate access to websites based on certain categories? Learn about turning on web content filtering in our documentation 

 

If you’re not yet taking advantage of Microsoft’s industry leading security optics and detection capabilities for endpoints, sign up for a free trial of Microsoft Defender ATP today. 

 

Let us know your thoughts and feedback in the comments below.  

 

Brought to you by Dr. Ware, Microsoft Office 365 Silver Partner, Charleston SC.

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