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Microsoft has made its Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) available for macOS systems. The security program changes its name immediately and is now called Microsoft Defender ATP.

It is now possible for companies to access an early preview of Defender ATP for Mac. The preview is available on devices running macOS Mojave, macOS High Sierra or macOS Sierra. The security program has the same preventive security, intrusion detection and automated investigation and response tools as the Windows variant. In addition, the AutoUpdate software is used to automatically update the solution.

TVM possibilities

In addition, Microsoft makes Threat and Vulnerability Management (TVM) capabilities available in Microsoft Defender ATP. This should make it possible to detect, prioritise and remedy threats and vulnerabilities. The options are now available in preview.

With TVM, users can evaluate the risk level of threats and vulnerabilities, and prioritize solutions based on signals they receive from Microsoft Defender ATP. It is also possible to accelerate solutions by using the integrated remediation processes to close the gap between security and IT teams.

The TVM capabilities, like Endpoint Detection and Response, will be added to macOS later during the preview program. The TVM capabilities will be available later this month as a public preview on Windows.

Extension to other platforms

Microsoft has been working for some time to bring its security solutions to multiple platforms. Earlier this month it started testing Windows Defender Application Guard extensions for both Chrome and Firefox. The extension was previously exclusively available within Edge.

The extension keeps PCs safe by opening websites that are not in an administrator’s list of trusted sites in a virtual container. This prevents attackers from gaining access to a company’s system, should the website prove to be malicious.

Last year, Microsoft also launched the browser extension Windows Defender Browser Protection for Google Chrome. The extension protects users from online threats, such as malware distributed through websites.

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