Microsoft Defender ATP for Mac

Now you can protect your Mac devices with Microsoft’s famous Windows Defender ATP as the Redmond company has made available its security software for macOS.

Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP), Microsoft’s proprietary anti-malware suite for businesses, has been rebranded to Microsoft Defender ATP for reflecting the company’s cross-platform support plans for the security software.

The announcement post reads, “The user interface brings a similar experience to what customers have today on Windows 10 devices.”

The software is available as a limited preview for Mac devices running macOS High Sierra or above. You need to apply to the preview program, and then Microsoft will contact you via email if your participation has been approved. You can apply by visiting this link.

Features included in the Microsoft Defender ATP client for Mac are as follows:

  • Quick, Full or Custom scanning options for detecting malware.
  • Reviewing detected malware and taking actions like remove, quarantine or allow as per your choice
  • Turning on/off real-time protection, cloud-delivered protection, and automatic sample submission.
  • Manual checks for security intelligence updates
  • Excluding files and paths from scanning

The post also said that some of the features can be disabled by an administrator using Microsoft Intune or other Mac management consoles to grant selected permissions to end users.

In the blog post, Microsoft mentioned that it is bringing the company’s unified security solutions to other “platforms.” The plural, here, suggests that the Redmond company could also make this available for Linux devices in the near future.

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