Redmond brings its endpoint protections to new audience, adds threat management features
Microsoft this week announced the availability of its Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) solutions for Mac OS devices. The vendor also switched up the ATP brand, dropping the Windows name and dubbing the platform Microsoft Defender ATP .
The Lowdown: Cross-platform support of Microsoft Defender ATP for Mac comes with a new user interface on Apple endpoints that mimics the Windows 10 ATP experience. The platform also adds reporting for Mac devices on the Microsoft Defender ATP portal.
Defender ATP for Mac deployments and configurations can be managed with Microsoft Intune. Many of the platform’s configs can also be controlled with common Mac and mobile device management (MDM) tools such as JAMF.
The Details: In addition to the platform expansion and name change, Microsoft this week added threat and vulnerability management features to Defender ATP that bring a risk-based approach to the discovery, prioritization, and remediation of endpoint vulnerabilities and misconfigurations.
Specifically, the addition brings endpoint detection and response (EDR) insights correlated with endpoint vulnerabilities; machine vulnerability context during incident investigations; and built-in remediation processes through Microsoft Intune and Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager.
The Impact: Microsoft Defender ATP for Mac is now in limited preview; customers can apply for a trial and will be notified when the platform is available for testing.
The Buzz: “We’ve been working closely with industry partners to enable Windows Defender ATP customers to protect their non-Windows devices while keeping a centralized “single pane of glass” experience,” Microsoft Tech Community representative Eric Avena wrote in a blog post announcing Defender ATP for Mac. “Now we’re going a step further by adding our own solution to the options.”