Dark Reading is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Analytics

3/21/2019
01:15 PM
Connect Directly
Twitter
LinkedIn
Google+
RSS
E-Mail
50%
50%

Microsoft Brings Defender Security Tools to Mac

Windows Defender becomes Microsoft Defender, and it's available in limited preview for Mac users.

Microsoft is renaming its Windows Defender antivirus protection tool and bringing its security capabilities to macOS devices in a "limited preview" mode now available to businesses.

Starting today, Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) will be available for Mac; with this expansion, Windows Defender ATP will be renamed to Microsoft Defender ATP. As part of its endpoint security efforts, Microsoft is also making new Threat and Vulnerability Management (TVM) capabilities available in Microsoft Defender today in preview mode.

The Defender ATP client for Mac was prompted by customer demands for tools that work across platforms, explains Rob Lefferts, who leads enterprise and security program management in the Windows and Devices group. Many customers report "their heterogeneous environment required cross-platform solutions," the main driver behind this development.

Lefferts says customer feedback from the preview period will dictate if and how Defender will work differently across Windows and Mac. The Windows-specific Defender engine updates monthly, which Microsoft believes is a good cadence, but the trial period will be telling.

"Windows and Mac versions have feature gaps, and we will be looking for customer feedback throughout the preview period to prioritize the development of additional capabilities," he adds.

Microsoft Defender is also being updated with TVM, a new capability designed to help security teams discover, prioritize, and address known vulnerabilities and misconfigurations. Users can gauge the risk level of threats and decide which to prioritize based on signals from Defender ATP. TVM provides more vulnerability data during incident investigations and a built-in remediation process via integration with Microsoft Intune and the System Center Configuration Manager.

Microsoft's idea is to bring endpoint protection platform (EPP), endpoint detection and response (EDR), and TVM capabilities to both Windows and Mac, Lefferts says. The preview will start with EPP and expand to include EDR in the coming months.

To be considered for the Microsoft Defender Mac preview, you must have a Microsoft Defender ATP tenant (trial can be accessed here) and one or more macOS computers in your environment. If interested in the preview, you can apply for access here. It will be available for Mac devices running macOS Mojave, macOS High Sierra, or macOS Sierra, The Verge reports.

Related Content:

 

 

Join Dark Reading LIVE for two cybersecurity summits at Interop 2019. Learn from the industry's most knowledgeable IT security experts. Check out the Interop agenda here.

Kelly Sheridan is the Staff Editor at Dark Reading, where she focuses on cybersecurity news and analysis. She is a business technology journalist who previously reported for InformationWeek, where she covered Microsoft, and Insurance & Technology, where she covered financial ... View Full Bio
 

Recommended Reading:

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
COVID-19: Latest Security News & Commentary
Dark Reading Staff 8/10/2020
Researcher Finds New Office Macro Attacks for MacOS
Curtis Franklin Jr., Senior Editor at Dark Reading,  8/7/2020
Healthcare Industry Sees Respite From Attacks in First Half of 2020
Robert Lemos, Contributing Writer,  8/13/2020
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Video
Cartoon Contest
Write a Caption, Win an Amazon Gift Card! Click Here
Latest Comment: It's a technique known as breaking out of the sandbox kids.
Current Issue
Special Report: Computing's New Normal, a Dark Reading Perspective
This special report examines how IT security organizations have adapted to the "new normal" of computing and what the long-term effects will be. Read it and get a unique set of perspectives on issues ranging from new threats & vulnerabilities as a result of remote working to how enterprise security strategy will be affected long term.
Flash Poll
The Changing Face of Threat Intelligence
The Changing Face of Threat Intelligence
This special report takes a look at how enterprises are using threat intelligence, as well as emerging best practices for integrating threat intel into security operations and incident response. Download it today!
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2019-20383
PUBLISHED: 2020-08-13
ABBYY network license server in ABBYY FineReader 15 before Release 4 (aka 15.0.112.2130) allows escalation of privileges by local users via manipulations involving files and using symbolic links.
CVE-2020-24348
PUBLISHED: 2020-08-13
njs through 0.4.3, used in NGINX, has an out-of-bounds read in njs_json_stringify_iterator in njs_json.c.
CVE-2020-24349
PUBLISHED: 2020-08-13
njs through 0.4.3, used in NGINX, allows control-flow hijack in njs_value_property in njs_value.c. NOTE: the vendor considers the issue to be "fluff" in the NGINX use case because there is no remote attack surface.
CVE-2020-7360
PUBLISHED: 2020-08-13
An Uncontrolled Search Path Element (CWE-427) vulnerability in SmartControl version 4.3.15 and versions released before April 15, 2020 may allow an authenticated user to escalate privileges by placing a specially crafted DLL file in the search path. This issue was fixed in version 1.0.7, which was r...
CVE-2020-24342
PUBLISHED: 2020-08-13
Lua through 5.4.0 allows a stack redzone cross in luaO_pushvfstring because a protection mechanism wrongly calls luaD_callnoyield twice in a row.