Windows Defender family optionsSource: Windows Central

What you need to know

  • Microsoft Defender ATP is now available in public preview on Linux.
  • Microsoft Defender can automatically block attacks and prevent them from starting again.
  • Microsoft Defender will also be on Android and iOS by the end of the year.

Microsoft Defender ATP is now available for Linux in public preview. With the preview rollout of Microsoft Defender to Linux, Microsoft Defender is now available on Windows, macOS, and Linux in some form. Microsoft Defender will also be available on iOS and Android by the end of the year.

Microsoft discussed the rollout of Microsoft Defender in preview on Linux as well as the capabilities of Microsoft Defender MTP accross platforms in a recent blog post. The blog post states,

Today, we're announcing another step in our journey to offer security from Microsoft with the public preview of Microsoft Defender ATP for Linux. Extending endpoint threat protection to Linux has been a long-time ask from our customers and we're excited to be able to deliver on that.

Microsoft summarizes the role of Microsoft Defender ATP in Microsoft doc:

Microsoft Defender ATP is a unified endpoint platform for preventative protection, post-breach detection, automated investigation, and response.

Microsoft aims to provide a "single solution and streamlined view" to people across several platforms. The public preview rollout on Linux extends that streamlined view to yet another operating system.

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