Microsoft’s Windows 10 Wants To Replace Your PC Antivirus With WDATP


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To make your Windows 10 PC experience more secure, Microsoft is launching a new service called Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (WDATP). Acting as a complementary service to Windows Defender, this mixed service of a cloud service and client technology will help detect threats that go undetected past other security measures.

Back in July 2015, Redmond released Windows 10 with the hopes of attracting 1 billion installations in a record time. With the help of its free Windows 10 upgrade offer for Windows 7 and 8.1 PCs, the operating system managed to find its place on millions of computers in a short span of time. While the operating system was praised for its new features like voice search like Cortana, its inbuilt antivirus remained a disappointment.

But, Microsoft is claiming that it’s going to change the scenario with Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection. It’s supposed to be a protection for a large company-wide network that will keep an eye on the complete network. Instead of looking out for individual files, it’ll shift the focus to the system’s behaviour as a whole by keeping an eye on the symptoms.

WDATP will add an extra security layer to the already existing features like Windows Hello, Credential Guard, Device Guard, and Enterprise Data Protection. WDATP gives the systems admins a choice to scan the activities during the past six months to investigate the state of a machine regarding a simple attack timeline.

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This service, built on top of the existing Windows Defender service, WDATP provides a new post-breach layer of protection to Windows 10. Using a mixed service of a cloud service and client technology, it will help detect threats that go undetected past other security measures.

On its blog, Microsoft lists 3 actions taken by WDATP:

  • Detects Advanced Attacks
  • Response Recommendations
  • Complements Microsoft Advanced Threat Detection Solutions

With an upcoming update, WDATP will be built into Windows 10 and kept up-to-date to lower the cost and enhance the performance. Due to a cloud backend or on facility infrastructure, no type of maintenance is required — another plus point.

“Just like we developed Windows 10 with feedback from millions of Windows Insiders, we worked with our most advanced enterprise customers to address their biggest security challenges, including attack investigations and day-to-day operations, to test our solution in their environments,” Microsoft writes on its blog.


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Adarsh Verma

Adarsh Verma

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