Microsoft has teamed up with security vendors Bitdefender, Lookout, and Ziften to enable deployment of the software giant’s Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection to macOS, Linux, iOS, and Android devices to detect and mitigate security risks. By bringing Windows Defender ATP to these platforms, security teams within companies leveraging solutions from these vendors will be able to feed all threats and detections to an integrated console.
Windows Defender ATP provides a dedicated machine timeline for each device that encompasses event logs for up to six months. The historical data across all endpoints can then be searched to aid in security operations. For Microsoft’s partners, combining their solutions with Windows Defender ATP requires no additional infrastructure. Finally, security incidents involving macOS, Linux, iOS, and Android devices will begin to show up on the Windows Defender ATP console upon successful integration.
According to Rob Lefferts, partner director for Windows & Devices Group at Microsoft’s Security & Enterprise unit, the three security vendors have formally kick-started the tech giant’s strategic partnerships for Windows Defender ATP as the company seeks to help security teams identify and respond to cyber incidents.
At present, Bitdefender’s integration with Windows Defender ATP is available in public preview while Lookout and Ziften are set to join the Public Preview Program with their integrated solutions in the near future. The security solution was announced in March of last year and since then, the tool has gained new capabilities and fresh protection techniques such as improved threat detection and security analytics.