Create profiles to audit Exchange Online mailboxes

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Exchange Online is the email and collaboration service preferred by most organizations around the world. Every organization handles thousands of emails per day, and email is the most vulnerable medium for IT attacks. It is prudent to audit every activity that takes place in your organization's mailboxes, including permission changes, delegate actions, and mailbox movements.

The native tool does not offer a comprehensive audit scheduling option, so a specialized tool is required for this purpose. M365 Security Plus, a Microsoft 365 auditing, alerting, and monitoring tool, helps you create your own audit profiles that run automatically and send email notifications to the desired stakeholders at regular intervals.

Why M365 Security Plus?

There are many reasons why organizations opt for M365 Security Plus over the native tool. Here we have explained a few:

  • In the Microsoft 365 portal, you have to use the built-in search tool to filter the required data from the audit log each and every time. This takes a lot of time, as the entire audit log has to be scrutinized for the required data. M365 Security Plus provides audit data immediately once a profile is created.
  • In the native tool, the retention period to store historic audit data is limited; it depends on the license purchased and used. M365 Security Plus allows you to store audit logs for an indefinite period.
  • In M365 Security Plus, you can retrieve audit data for a selected set of users or for users based on group membership, which is not possible in Microsoft 365.
  • The audit data can also be filtered based on attribute value and business hours in M365 Security Plus, whereas there is no such option in the native portal.
  • While Microsoft 365 doesn't support custom views, with M365 Security Plus you can create your own custom views to see filtered data, summarized data, or filtered summarized data.

To create an audit profile for Exchange Online using M365 Security Plus:

  1. Go to the Settings tab.
  2. Navigate to Configuration > Audit Configuration > Audit Profiles.
  3. Click Add Profile in the top-right corner.
  4. Enter a suitable Profile Name and Description.
  5. Under Microsoft 365 Service, select Exchange Online.
  6. Choose a Category from the drop-down.
  7. Select one or multiple Actions that you want to audit.
  8. Under Advanced Configuration > Filter Settings, select the Business Hours Filter check box.
  9. Click Add.

Create profiles to audit Exchange Online mailboxes

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