Microsoft Defender ATP Preview comes to Linux, on the way to Android and iOS

Microsoft has released a public preview of its Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) for a number of Linux distros. It can be used to automatically block attacks and prevent them from starting again.

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With this release, Microsoft Defender is now available on Windows, macOS, and Linux. The official announcement claims


Today, we’re announcing another step in our journey to offer security from Microsoft with the public preview of Microsoft Defender ATP for Linux. Extending endpoint threat protection to Linux has been a long-time ask from our customers and we’re excited to be able to deliver on that. We know our customers’ environments are complex and heterogenous. Providing comprehensive protection across multiple platforms through a single solution and streamlined view is more important than ever. Next week at the RSA Conference, we’ll provide a preview of our investments in mobile threat defense with the work we’re doing to bring our solutions to Android and iOS.

So, Microsoft Defender ATP is expected to reach Android and iOS later this year.  Next week's RSA Conference should shed some ligh on these mobile editions.

The following distros are announced to be supported by the product:

  • RHEL 7/CentOS Linux 7 and above
  • Ubuntu 16 LTS or above (an LTS version required)
  • SLES 12 or higher
  • Debian 9 or higher
  • Oracle EL 7

Microsoft is going to create a "single solution and streamlined view" to security professionals, universal for several platforms as part of a broader Microsoft 365 strategy. The public preview rollout on Linux is yet another step in this direction.

The creation of mobile versions of Microsoft Defender ATP for iOS and Android is Microsoft's try to create a solution for security problems that face mobile users. It's not clear what those solutions will actually do, as both platforms, and especially Apple, are known for restrictions on what apps are able to do.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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