Microsoft Goes Serious About Cybersecurity, Introduces New Windows Defender ATP For Windows Creator Update [VIDEO]By Emily Schultz, UniversityHerald Reporter
Microsoft is getting ready to release the next major update for Windows 10, which called Windows 10 Creators Update. The software company has also confirmed that several newly added features for Windows Defender ATP will also be included in the much awaited Windows 10 Creators Update.
The Redmond-based software company this week took to the Microsoft Secure Blog to detail more of the newly added security enhancements made for the Windows Defender ATP, which said to be included in the upcoming Windows 10 Creators Update.
For those who still new with the Microsoft's security tool, Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) is a cloud-based data security service that provides advanced breach detection that enables enterprise customers to detect, investigate and quickly respond to advanced cyber threats.
The fully upgraded Windows Defender security tool uses a combination of technology built into Windows 10 platform and the company's robust cloud service, which include Endpoint Behavioral Sensors, Cloud Security Analytics, and last, the company's advanced Threat Intelligence. The Windows Defender's Threat Intelligence enables Windows Defender ATP to identify attackers, techniques, and even generate alerts to it noticed something suspicious.
According to Avi Sagiv, principal program manager for Windows Defender ATP, the Windows 10 Creators Update will improve OS memory and kernel sensors to enable detection of attackers who are using the much-advanced in-memory and kernel-level attacks. This enhancement has just shed some light into the previously dark cyberspaces where attackers can still be able to hide from conventional cybersecurity tool. Microsoft said the improvements are aimed at protecting Windows 10 machines against the much clever and stealthy zero-day attacks.
Additionally, the newly added enhancement has also been designed to address one of most pernicious threats affecting businesses today. It features a more advanced ransomware detection capabilities that use the company's massive threat intelligence gathering system and machine-learning technologies to counter the stealthy, fast-evolving cybersecurity threats.
For the first time, Microsoft will be using and harnessing the power of machine learning technology to battle some of the most advanced cybersecurity threats today. The security team will be getting new detection capabilities that will enable them to detect attacks that previously went unnoticed. With the newly added enhancements to response, security teams can now take immediate action when an infection is first spotted and can even isolate machines, ban files or kill processes.
As mentioned earlier by the IT-focused site eWeek, the Redmond-based software company is just one big example of the growing number of technology companies that are employing machine-learning technology and artificial intelligence to beef up their IT defenses.
In addition to the machine learning and new detection capabilities, the Windows Defender's management experience is also getting a huge makeover. The Security Center interface's alert page now generates a process tree visualization that provides a collection of threat detections and related security events into a single viewing portal.
Microsoft even went to claim that the updated Security Center page now provides more information on board, thus reducing the time it takes for security teams to investigate the security incidents and resolve it. For those who still looking for more information about the Windows Defender ATP. They can head to Microsoft's official website.