Microsoft Defender ATP Is Coming to the Mac

Microsoft Defender ATP Is Coming to the Mac

The Microsoft Defender ATP client can be installed on devices running macOS Mojave, macOS High Sierra, or macOS Sierra, and is now available as a limited preview. The company's Defender anti-virus software, previously a Windows exclusive, has made the leap to Apple. From offering desktop services and endpoint protections, the company now provides a nearly-complete approach to protecting your data and your environments.

A new name has been put in place, Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) for Mac, as it will be released on a different operating system from Windows.

We're making Threat and Vulnerability Management (TVM) capabilities available in Microsoft Defender ATP to discover, prioritize, and remediate threats and vulnerabilities, available today in preview.


Business users already using Windows Defender ATP can sign up for the Mac beta version, and even request a quotation on how much the full product will cost. It is arriving as a limited preview, offered to businesses first. If threats are detected, users can quarantine them, remove or allow them.

Users will also be able to configure advanced settings such as disabling or enabling real-time protection, cloud-delivered protection, and automatic sample submission.

Adding exclusions for files and paths.


According to Microsoft, "the user interface brings a similar experience to what customers have today on Windows 10 devices" and the client can be used on Mac computers running macOS Mojave, macOS High Sierra, or macOS Sierra.

The initial preview of Defender for Mac will focus on signature-based malware detection.


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