Microsoft expands Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection

After testing the preview version of Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection for a few months, Microsoft now has decided to make it public. Customers’ security has always been the top most priority at Microsoft and moving with their aim to provide advanced productivity, security and device management capability, Microsoft has decided to expand its Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection. The ATP is supposedly the largest running protection service already protecting over 500,000 endpoints.

The official blog post states,

“In March, we announced a new service, Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection that will help enterprises detect, investigate, and respond to advanced attacks on their networks. Today we are expanding the preview program to a broader group of customers interested in testing and providing feedback”.windows defender advanced threat protection

Rob Leferets, Director of Program Management, Windows Enterprise & Security Group further said in the official blog that the company would now be providing access to the public preview to their enterprise customers and IT professionals allowing them to explore the Advanced Protection Service of Windows Defender.

Windows Defender ATP is composed of three parts:

  • The Client – end-point behavioral sensor. (included in Windows 10 Anniversary update)
  • Cloud security analytic service
  • Microsoft and community intelligencewindows defender advanced threat protection 2

Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection Features

  • Cloud-powered and built in Windows.
  • Requires No additional deployment & Infrastructure
  • Behavioral-based, post-breach detection including alerts for known and unknown adversaries
  • Rich timeline for investigation and URLs analysis
  • Data pivoting across endpoints
  • Unique threat intelligence knowledge base

With the ATP (Advanced Threat Protection) the Windows 10 security stack gets an additional post-breach layer of protection and helps detecting the threats usually not detected by the other defenses. It will also help the enterprise users to investigate the breach across endpoints.

As always, Microsoft is looking for the ATP feedback from the Windows Insiders and their enterprise customers. The team, however, is still working with the security challenges and assures a greater expansion soon.

Head over to the  product website to sign-up and start evaluating the new and Advanced Protection Service.

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