Microsoft Defender ATP is now available in public preview for Linux, and with Microsoft Defender’s preview rollout to Linux, Microsoft Defender is now available in some form on Windows, macOS and Linux.
“We are announcing the public preview of preventative protection capabilities from Microsoft Defender ATP on the following supported Linux server distributed versions: RHEL 7+, CentOS Linux 7+, Ubuntu 16 LTS, or higher LTS, SLES 12+, Debian 9+, and Oracle EL 7,” Microsoft stated in a blog post.
Using the Microsoft Defender ATP endpoint software, Linux administrators will gain access to a command-line antivirus system which will feed into the Microsoft Defender Security Center any threats found.
Microsoft also plans to release Defender ATP anti-malware applications for smartphones and other devices running Google’s Android and iOS mobile operating systems from Apple soon. As per the report, at next week’s RSA Conference in San Fransisco, Microsoft could release the Defender app for Android and iOS.
It’s not yet known how exactly Microsoft plans to integrate Linux devices into the Microsoft Defender Security Center. Still, based on the history of Defender, it is likely to be via non-Windows machines onboard through an option for third-party integration.
Microsoft Application Guard comes to all Office 365 documents as well. This security feature was previously only available in Edge and allowed users to safely open a webpage in an isolated virtual machine to protect against malware.
Therefore, users who access Office 365 applications, such as Word or Excel, will be given equal rights.