Windows Defender Gets Muscles

Windows10Tired of cyber-creeps kicking sand in your face at the virtual beach?  Microsoft wants to pump you up!!.  Businesses using the Enterprise version of Windows 10 will have the option of using Microsoft’s new enhanced Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection.  In addition to providing end point security through Windows Defender, Defender ATP will connect with a cloud services based SIEM (security Information and Event Management) that will provide more protection, such as:

  • Advanced Attack Detection – Using it’s threat intelligence network, Microsoft security experts will analyze suspicious events on your network and advise you of the intrusion.
  • Recommended Response – Microsoft will also tell you how to remediate the attack.
  • Supports Other MS Security Products – Defender ATP  coordinates with email protections built into Office 365, Microsoft System Center Endpoint Protection (#11 on a recent AV-Test analysis) and other services such as Microsoft Hello.

The concern many enterprise customers will have are based on having to share quite a bit of detailed information about your networks and systems with Microsoft.  But in reality, this isn’t a lot different than other cloud based security solutions from vendors such as AlienVault, or managed service providers like N-Able or Kaseya.  And then there are the many cloud based endpoint protection services from security vendors such as AVG or Comodo.  In all of these situations, your information goes to the cloud for analysis and treatment.

The current standard for defense-in-depth protections now include active and automated monitoring of event logs and network traffic analysis to detect new intrusions at an early stage.  This new offering from Microsoft certainly fills the bill.  So if you are looking at a SIEM, IDS, or IPS system, you should add this to your list of possible solutions to investigate.

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