Microsoft on Monday made good on a March pledge by saying that its most subtle endpoint safety service is now accessible for Macs.
Microsoft Defender ATP (Superior Risk Safety) for Mac shifted to what the corporate calls “common availability” on June 28, wrote Helen Allas, a principal program supervisor on the enterprise safety crew, in a July eight put up to an organization weblog. Core elements of Defender ATP, together with the newest – “Risk & Vulnerability Administration,” which made it to common availability per week in the past – now serve Macs.
Not every part, although. “Full Microsoft Defender ATP integration shouldn’t be accessible but,” Microsoft stated within the “Recognized points” part of the still-sparse on-line documentation.
Microsoft Defender ATP detects ongoing assaults on company networks, blocks what it acknowledges as malicious, then follows as much as examine the assault – or within the worst circumstances, the breach – and supplies response suggestions and assault remediation.
The service is a element inside the costliest Home windows 10 licenses, akin to these offered by the subscription-based Home windows 10 Enterprise E5 or Microsoft 365 E5. (The corporate touts ATP because the differentiator between these SKUs (stock-selling items) and the tier-lower bundles.) Microsoft additionally sells ATP as an add-on to Microsoft 365 E3 – a type of lower-tier subscriptions – for an additional $12 per consumer monthly.
So as to add Macs to the Home windows PCs already reporting to and coated by ATP, clients should license Microsoft 365 E5, Home windows 10 Enterprise E5 or Home windows 10 Training E5 (Microsoft 365 E5 consists of Home windows 10 Enterprise E5). The Macs should run one of many three latest editions of macOS (at this writing): 2018’s Mojave, 2017’s Excessive Sierra, or 2016’s Sierra. On the September launch of 2019’s Catalina, Microsoft will presumably drop the oldest, Sierra, since Apple will cease supporting that OS with safety updates.
Microsoft has revealed directions on deploying Microsoft Defender ATP to Macs. There, the corporate warned customers that they would wish “beginner-level expertise in macOS and BASH scripting” in addition to administrative privileges to the system(s) in case the fallback of guide deployment was essential. In any other case, admins can deploy the service to Macs utilizing Microsoft Intune, JAMF or different MDM (cellular system administration) platforms.
Particulars on configuring Defender ATP for Mac have been posted elsewhere.
Clients can register for a free trial of Defender ATP on-line.