Published: Tue, February 25, 2020
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Microsoft Defender security software on way to Android, iOS - Software

Microsoft Defender security software on way to Android, iOS - Software

In addition to macOS and Linux, Microsoft is also bringing its Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) to the mobile operating systems. Microsoft is Today, Announcing Microsoft Defender ATP for Linux. Microsoft deems it to be more of a software meant to stop people from visiting online destinations that the company has on its blacklist. It worth across Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) (endpoints), Office 365 ATP (email), Azure ATP (identity), and Microsoft Cloud App Security (apps). The Redmond-based firm wants you to be able to use Microsoft's services no matter what platform you're using, so that can obviously include macOS, Linux, Android, and iOS. Rob Lefferts, a Microsoft corporate vice president, said that iOS and Android are "pretty safe", stating, "They're pretty safe, but pretty safe is not the same as safe". He added that Defender could help companies make employees less vulnerable to such attacks.

Last year Microsoft introduced its Application Guard extension for Chrome and Firefox, to try and seal these attack vectors - re-routing potentially risky web destinations to a sandboxed Microsoft Edge browser window.

The company explained that previous security solutions are created to protect against threats for each domain separately, but now threat detection with built-in intelligence can understand how an attack got in, prevent its spread across domains, and automatically heal compromised assets. Microsoft might release the Defender app for Android and iOS at the RSA Conference in San Fransisco next week.

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The Defender software has slowly been moving into new platforms over the last few years, and mobile platforms is the next logical step.

Microsoft has also made serious changes to the applications it has developed for mobile platforms in recent years. "Providing comprehensive protection across multiple platforms through a single solution and streamlined view is more important than ever", the company said. As per our headline, something similar is on the way to Android and iOS.

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