Threat Protection

The University of Pittsburgh relies on a layered approach to security. No single process or technology is sufficient to secure the University’s environment. Instead, we have a robust series of security controls that operate at different layers and perform different tasks. A threat that manages to circumvent one control is likely to be thwarted by a control in another layer.

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Enterprise Spam and Virus Filter with Exchange Online Protection
Microsoft 365 Email–Pitt Email (Outlook)–includes integrated mail filtering that quarantines suspect messages so they do not wind up in your inbox. Microsoft brands this function as Exchange Online Protection.

Safe Links
Safe Links evaluates the links in an email message in real time to determine whether they link to safe or harmful content. All links evaluated by Safe Links will be replaced by a longer URL that begins with

Microsoft Defender for Endpoint
Microsoft Defender for Endpoint is actually two products in one. It includes Microsoft Defender, Microsoft’s antivirus solution that is included with recent versions of the Windows operating system. It also includes Defender for Endpoint, which is a cloud-based enterprise security solution that builds on Defender’s antivirus features and enhances its capabilities for managed computers.

About This Service

Key Features

  • Proactive Threat Detection: The threat protection system constantly monitors and analyzes network traffic, user behavior, and system activities to identify potential threats in real-time. This proactive approach allows for early detection and prompt response to mitigate risks and minimize the impact of security incidents.
  • Centralized Management: The threat protection system offers centralized management and monitoring capabilities, providing administrators with a comprehensive view of security across the organization. This allows for efficient management of security policies, threat response, and incident investigation.
  • Secure and protect your email inbox: Enterprise Spam and Virus Filter with Exchange Online Protection protects from unwanted mass mailings (spam),  messages with malicious payloads (viruses), and messages with links that will steal information or download malicious software (phishing).

Getting and Using This Service

How do I access this service?

How do I request this service?

Access to this service is automatically granted if you are a member of the group that has been assigned permission to use this service.

Who can use this service?

Students, Faculty, Staff


How do I get help?

Submit a ticket by clicking the Request Help button on the upper right hand corner of this page.


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