Microsoft has revealed new changes to its Windows 10 antivirus platform, designed to give administrators a better awareness of the level of vulnerability present in the devices it controls.
Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP), recently named Microsoft Defender for Endpoint, now offers a dashboard that breaks down critical information, including bug severity levels, exploit availability, and vulnerability age.
“The report features graphs and bar charts, with trends for vulnerable devices and current statistics,” Microsoft wrote on its blog. “The goal is for you to understand the magnitude and scope of the camera’s exposure.”
Users can customize their reports using a wide selection of filters, depending on the type of data they want to isolate for analysis. The reports are also divided into two columns: Trends (over time) and Today. This new reporting functionality is immediately available in public view and can be accessed through Reports> Vulnerable Devices.
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With the new Microsoft Defender Dashboard for Endpoint, admins can delve into the security trends that have emerged on devices managed by their organization.
Armed with this information, IT teams can be better equipped to eliminate inefficiencies in patching and maintaining devices. Alternatively, the data can be used to identify specific vulnerabilities present on various machines or on any high risk operating system.
The new reporting feature comes just after a major overhaul of the Windows 10 antivirus service, which was announced at Ignite 2020, which put all of Microsoft’s extended detection and response (XDR) capabilities under the protection of Microsoft Defender.
According to the company, the decision to consolidate its security offerings is designed to minimize the complexity and the problems that could arise from it.
“Security teams have always struggled to deal with threats and signals in a patchwork of poorly integrated solutions that do not span the breadth of workloads, clouds and devices on which businesses operate.” , explained Vasu Jakkal, vice president of Microsoft Security Identity and Compliance.
By consolidating its XDR installations and improving the visibility of risky devices, Microsoft hopes to make it easier to detect, analyze and resolve threats – especially in the context of the changes in the security landscape brought on by the telework boom.
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