Windows Defender ATP’s EDR capability for Windows 7 & 8.1 is available for all

Even though a lot of businesses have migrated to Windows 10, few remain. While they all must have a security program on their computer, Microsoft wants to make sure that they can also take benefit of Windows Defender. The Redmond giant has made Windows Defender ATP’s endpoint detection & response (EDR) capability for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 available

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Windows Defender ATP’s EDR available for Windows 7 & 8.1

Windows Defender is one of the most secure programs available for Windows 10. It is also available for free for all Windows users. It makes sure that all Windows 10 consumers are safe. Now that Windows Defender ATP’s EDR capability is available for older platforms, its a good news for all.

EDR or Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR) is a set of security tools and solutions. It focuses on detecting, investigating, and mitigating suspicious activities. Microsoft has built an EDR solution for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. It will make it simple to deploy and seamless to end-users. Once implemented, it will provide behavioral based threat detection, investigation and response capabilities.

Windows Defender ATP will keep an eye on process file, network, registry, and memory activities. It will help security teams to understand, and get an advanced alert if something looks suspicious.

How to get on board with Windows Defender ATP’s EDR

Business can apply for this program by following this link. They will have to-

  1. Configure and update System Center Endpoint Protection clients.
  2. Install and configure Microsoft Monitoring Agent (MMA) to report sensor data to Windows Defender ATP.

The compatible OS users who can apply for this are – Windows 7 SP1 Enterprise, Windows 7 SP1 Pro, Windows 8.1 Pro, and Windows 8.1 Enterprise.

Windows Defender ATP’s EDR is a paid service, though Microsoft is offering a free trial. A lot of big business have opted in for this program including Emirates, Metro CSG, and more. Apart from business, third-party security services like Bitdefender, Lookout, and others have partnered with Microsoft on this.

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