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Attachment Scanning

Attachment Scanning is currently being assessed by ITS

What is Attachment Scanning?

Attachment Scanning is a feature of Microsoft Advanced Threat Protection (ATP). It protects users from malicious attachments like PDF's containing ransomware by scanning and actually opening every email attachment in a safe "sandbox" to determine if it contains any malicious intentions before delivering it to your inbox. Attachment scanning will only open attachments that are common targets for malicious content, such as Office documents, PDFs, executable file types, and Flash files.

If an attachment is safe, the message is delivered. If an attachment is unsafe, the user will receive the email, but not the attachment, they will be informed the attachment has been removed.

Attachment scanning works on email coming from both external and internal sources, meaning it can protect Queen's users from internal threats such as a compromised Queen's computer or Queen's email account.


Visit our FAQ page to learn answers to common questions about Attachment Scanning and Link Scanning


Last Updated: July 13, 2017