Microsoft Defender ATP antivirus is now available for Android in preview

Microsoft Defender ATP antivirus is now available for Android in preview

If you’re a long-time Android user you’re probably aware that antivirus apps aren’t really necessary for the average person. As long as you visit safe websites and only install apps from trusted sources, you’ll be fine. However, for those users who require extra security, Android antivirus apps can be useful. That’s why Microsoft announced it would be bringing Defender to corporate devices this year.

Defender is Microsoft’s antivirus software for Windows PCs. There was a time when Defender was very lacking, but it’s improved a lot and actually performs on par with other antivirus software. Microsoft is now launching the public preview for Defender ATP (Advanced Threat Protection) on Android through the Intune Company Portal app. The ICP app is a Mobile Device Management solution for deploying apps in an enterprise environment.

Key Capabilities

The public preview of Microsoft Defender ATP for Android will offer protection against phishing and unsafe network connections from apps, websites, and malicious apps. In addition, the ability to restrict access to corporate data from devices that are deemed “risky” will enable enterprises to secure users and data on their Android devices. All events and alerts will be available through a single pane of glass in the Microsoft Defender Security Center, giving security teams a centralized view of threats on Android devices along with other platforms. These capabilities empower enterprises to enable strong security while ensuring their employees remain productive working on their Android devices. Let’s dive into each of these capabilities in more detail.

Microsoft will be rolling out more capabilities in the coming months. They are also planning to release Defender ATP for iOS later this year. The requirements and installation instructions for Defender ATP on Android can be found here.


Source: Microsoft

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