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Windows Defender ATP is now called Microsoft Defender ATP - and it’s coming to the Mac

By Ng Chong Seng - on 22 Mar 2019, 10:18am

Windows Defender ATP is now called Microsoft Defender ATP - and it’s coming to the Mac

Instead of Windows everywhere, the new Microsoft is more keen to have its AI and cloud services everywhere. The Redmond company has just announced that as part of its move to bring its Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) product to non-Windows devices, it’s going to rebrand Windows Defender ATP as Microsoft Defender ATP. In fact, the unified endpoint security platform, which aims to detect, investigate, and respond to advanced attacks, is coming to the Mac.

To create a familiar experience, the user interface of Microsoft Defender ATP on Mac clients is going to be very similar to the one on Windows 10 devices. In addition to running scans, reviewing threats, and taking actions on them, there are advanced settings for configuring real-time protection, cloud-delivered protection, and automatic sample submission; adding exclusions for files and paths; and managing notifications when threats are found.

Like Office 365 for Mac, the Microsoft AutoUpdate service will be installed to ensure the app is kept up-to-date. Reporting, on the other hand, is done within the Microsoft Defender ATP portal.

At the moment, Microsoft Defender ATP for Mac isn’t available on the Mac App Store - but you can apply for the preview here. The app works on Macs running MacOS Mojave, MacOS High Sierra, or MacOS Sierra.

Source: Microsoft.