Microsoft Reveals New Security Features

NicoleMotta - March 1, 2016 - 11:35 AM

Microsoft Reveals New Security Features

On Tuesday, Microsoft announced a new threat protection service for Windows 10 enterprise users.

Dubbed Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection, the new service was designed to identify and respond to "advanced" attacks. "We're seeing increasingly brazen cyberattacks. Cybercriminals are well organized with an alarming emergence of state-sponsored attacks, cyber-espionage and cyber terror. Even with the best defense, sophisticated attackers are using social engineering and zero-day vulnerabilities to break-in to corporate networks," said Executive Vice President of Microsoft's Windows and Devices Group Terry Myerson in an official blog post. "To help protect our enterprise customers, we are developing Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection, a new service that will help enterprises to detect, investigate, and respond to advanced attacks on their networks." The new service provides a "new post-breach layer of protection to Windows 10" to keep attacks at bay.

Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection is just the latest security offering Microsoft has announced for Windows 10. The new service joins other features like Credential Guard, Device Guard, Windows Hello, Enterprise Data Protection, and Windows Defender. Myerson said that the company has not decided which versions of Windows 10 will include the new service, but it was designed with enterprises in mind. Sources say this feature will launch in the third quarter of 2016, but Microsoft has not released a timetable. "We encourage our customers to upgrade to Windows 10 for our most advanced security protection," said Myerson, "with the opportunity to take advantage of Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection when it becomes available more broadly this year."

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