Microsoft unveils security service for Windows 10

May 19, 2016 - 

Microsoft recently unveiled a new service, Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection, that is designed to help enterprises detect, investigate, and respond to advanced attacks on their networks. Earlier this week, the firm expanded its preview program to a broader group of customers interested in testing and providing feedback.

Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection builds on existing security defenses Windows 10 offers, providing an additional post-breach layer of protection to the Windows 10 security stack. With a combination of client technology built into Windows 10 and a robust cloud service, it will help detect threats that have made it past other defenses, provide enterprises with information to investigate the breach across endpoints, and offer response recommendations.

The service is being tested by early adopters that span across geographies and industries, along with across Microsoft’s entire network, making it one of the largest running advanced threat protection services, which is protecting more than 500,000 endpoints.

The Windows 10 add-on is devised to provide enterprise customers with more security and device management capabilities. According to Microsoft, such capabilities are key factors that have led to 83 percent of Microsoft’s enterprise customers active in Windows 10 pilots to upgrade to the new operating system, including one of the most security-conscious organizations in the world, the United States Department of Defense.

Microsoft said in a recent blog post that it is committed to work with its enterprise customers to address their largest security challenges, including attack investigations and day-to-day operations, and to test its service in their environments and gather their feedback.

The software giant has released its service ahead of unveiling fingerprint support for its next Windows 10 Mobile device. In April, Microsoft said that its new Edge browser, which is the default browser available with Windows 10 operating system, will support Windows Hello. Windows Hello is described as a more personal way to sign in Windows 10 devices with just a look or a touch.

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