Originally, Microsoft's "Windows Defender" defended its own operating system against malware and other threats. This has changed: since March, there is the protection software, which is now called "Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP)", also for macOS systems.
In an interview with the IT news site ZDNet, Microsoft's corporate vice president for Microsoft's M365 Security, Rob Lefferts, has now announced a Linux version of the software. Further details, such as the target group of the offer or the exact release date, called the ZDNet article not; Also, there is no official announcement from Microsoft.
A request from heise online to Microsoft regarding Defender ATP for Linux remained unanswered so far.
Cross-operating system ATP protection already available
Indirectly, the protection mechanisms of the Windows version of the Defender, at least for corporate customers, since 2017 on Linux, macOS, iOS and Android systems available. Security applications from Microsoft's partners Bitdefender, Lookout, SentinelOne and Ziften are installed on devices with the mentioned operating systems and communicate with the Defender on the Windows system – as described in this blog entry for the introduction of the function.
After integration, (security) events that occur on company machines are displayed on the central ATP console. Depending on the mode of operation and functionality of the respective partner product, it is also possible to react directly to threats via the Defender console.
A dedicated Linux version of Defender ATP would give corporate customers (more) independence from partner products and, at most, the option of using unified protection software within their organization.
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