Rob Lefferts, Microsoft Associate Director, Home windows & Gadgets Group, Safety & Enterprise, introduced yesterday on the official Home windows Enterprise weblog that Home windows Defender Superior Risk Safety (ATP) will come to Home windows 7 and eight.1 this summer time.
Earlier than Home windows 7 and eight.1 (residence) prospects get their hopes up: assist seems to be restricted to Enterprise prospects who can add Home windows Defender ATP Detection & Response performance to units working Home windows 7 or Home windows eight.1.
Home windows Defender ATP is a cloud-based safety resolution for Home windows that protects units working Home windows 10 from a wide range of threats and features a central administration console. It consists of security measures comparable to Home windows Defender Exploit Guard, Home windows Defender Utility Guard, or Home windows Defender Utility Management, a few of that are additionally a part of residence editions of Home windows 10.
Microsoft added assist for Home windows Defender ATP to the Home windows 10 Fall Creators Replace.
It was not clear again then whether or not Microsoft would ignore its Home windows 7 and Home windows eight.1 working methods by not integrating the performance in these methods, or if the corporate would launch a few of the security measures comparable to Exploit Guard or administration choices for Enterprise prospects to those older however nonetheless supported variations of Home windows as properly.
Microsoft will launch down-level assist for Enterprise prospects so that every one firm units could also be monitored utilizing Home windows Defender ATP. Enterprise prospects will see all occasions within the cloud-based Home windows Defender Safety Heart console for Home windows Defender Superior Risk Safety.
Microsoft plans to launch a preview this Spring and the ultimate model this Summer time. Microsoft revealed within the announcement that admins can run the brand new resolution alongside present antivirus options however that it’s “higher with Home windows Defender Antivirus” as a result of it permits safety groups to view all malware detections and responses in a single console.
Microsoft’s predominant incentive to supply Enterprise prospects with down-level assist for Home windows Defender ATP is straightforward: many Enterprise prospects haven’t switched to Home windows 10 fully (or in any respect) but.
What about Home windows 7 and eight.1 residence customers? Lefferts didn’t point out if options comparable to Exploit Guard would come to residence methods ultimately as properly. Whereas there are many third-party safety options accessible for these methods, Microsoft made it clear that it will not assist a lot of its present safety options comparable to EMET for for much longer.
Assist for Home windows 7 ends in January 2020 and assist for Home windows eight.1 ends three years later in January 2023.
Now You: Which safety instruments do you employ at present, and why?