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Microsoft talks security enhancements for businesses in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

Development behind the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update is in full swing, and now Microsoft is highlighting some of the security enhancements that business customers can look forward to when it launches. The biggest push seems to be improvements to the company's Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) mechanism in Windows Defender intended to give a boost to proactive threat monitoring.

From Microsoft:

For the first time, Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) will include seamless integration across the entire Windows threat protection stack to protect, detect and respond with rich, centralized management. In addition, we're extending the reach of Windows Defender ATP to include Windows Server OS to protect customers across platforms. New features and capabilities in the suite include Windows Defender Exploit Guard, Windows Defender Application Guard and substantial updates to Windows Defender Device Guard and Windows Defender Antivirus.

As part of the enhancements coming in the Fall Creators Update, Microsoft says it is leaning on "cloud intelligence" to help Windows Defender detect and respond to new malware threats "in seconds." That's bolstered by Windows Defended Application Guard, which is intended to isolate and stop malicious software from "establishing a foothold" once it is accidentally downloaded.

Application control is also getting a boost through Device Guard, which will automatically manage the safe application list, making overall management a simpler prospect. Detecting and stopping threats will also be enhanced by making Exploit Guard native to Windows 10, helping to prevent intrusions in the first place.

The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update is expected to land in September. For more, you can read through Microsoft's full post.

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  • How about something for mobile? After all, we're feeling more insecure than any other MS customers right now. We could do with feeling a little more secure, please.
  • no need to worry as no one has enough time to develop a virus in .appx format. They cant develop enough apps for the platform, how can they develop virus.... :P
  • We have the retrenchment virus, that's enough to make anyone feel insecure about their devices. I'd rather catch Wannacry.
  • Kaspersky crying in a darkened room somewhere
  • is there a way to slip a "malware" into the actual cloud intelligence in a way that would cause Windows Defender everywhere to attack files that are actually good?