Microsoft announces preview of Windows Defender ATP for Fall Creators Update

Today, Microsoft announced that the public preview is now available for Windows Defender ATP in the Fall Creators Update, detailing some of the improvements in the service that are coming in the next feature update to Windows 10 on October 17.

In the new version of the service, there's a "centralized and simplified management experience" in the System Center Configuration Manager, which is meant to combine various security features, like Endpoint Detection and Response, Windows Defender Antivirus, Windows Defender Firewall, Windows Defender SmartScreen, Windows Defender Device Guard, and Windows Defender Exploit Guard.

There's also a new Security Analytics dashboard. This is meant to compare your company's security against the 'Windows recommended baseline', and of course, show you potential vulnerabilities and how those can be prevented.

Companies can now create customized reports using Power BI, "that allows them to interactively analyze machines, alerts and investigation status."

Users will be able to access their data via APIs that are included in the Intelligence Security Graph, meaning that they can be used in custom applications. And finally, the firm is promising "more Windows sockets", since it's adding support for Windows Server 2012 R2 and Server 2016.

If you're interested in trying out Windows Defender ATP, you can sign up for a 90-day free trial here.

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