As we have entered into new hybrid work environments, the most challenging cybersecurity landscape we’ve ever encountered. As defenders, we know that users are 71 percent more likely to be infected on an unmanaged device, because security and IT teams don’t have the ability to set the right security settings and configurations, can’t update and patch OS and software vulnerabilities, and can’t prevent shadow IT and shadow apps. These unmanaged devices that are connecting to company networks present a huge opportunity for attackers to compromise these devices and launch broader attacks.
Microsoft is announcing a new set of capabilities, “Microsoft Defender for Endpoint”that empower organizations to discover and secure unmanaged workstations, mobile devices, servers, and network devices on their business networks. No need to deploy new hardware or software, or make changes to the network configuration, now, it’s easier for organizations to lock down their network’s foundation as they monitor unmanaged devices, enabling them to execute on their Zero Trust strategy. All these capabilities are part of Microsoft Defender for Endpoint, and customers can start benefiting from them right now. It’s that easy.
Customers enrolled in Microsoft Defender for Endpoint public preview can take advantage of the latest capabilities that give them visibility into unmanaged endpoints (such as Windows, Linux, macOS, iOS, and Android) and network devices (such as routers, firewalls, WLAN controllers, and others) within minutes. From here, customers can use integrated workflows to onboard and secure the devices. These new Microsoft Defender for Endpoint features increase the security, productivity, efficiency, and safety of your environment.
Once network devices are discovered, security administrators will receive the latest security recommendations and vulnerabilities on them. Discovered endpoints (such as workstations, servers, and mobile devices) can be onboarded to Microsoft Defender for Endpoints, allowing all its deep protection capabilities.
As defenders, Microsoft is committed to security for all, helping organizations gain confidence in the security of their devices, data, and digital actions, regardless of where the work gets done.