Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection

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Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection is a platform designed to help enterprise networks prevent, detect, investigate, and respond to advanced threats.

Microsoft Defender ATP uses the following combination of technology built into Windows 10 and Microsoft's robust cloud service:

  • Endpoint behavioral sensors: Embedded in Windows 10, these sensors collect and process behavioral signals from the operating system and sends this sensor data to your private, isolated, cloud instance of Microsoft Defender ATP.

  • Cloud security analytics: Leveraging big-data, machine-learning, and unique Microsoft optics across the Windows ecosystem, enterprise cloud products (such as Office 365), and online assets, behavioral signals are translated into insights, detections, and recommended responses to advanced threats.

  • Threat intelligence: Generated by Microsoft hunters, security teams, and augmented by threat intelligence provided by partners, threat intelligence enables Microsoft Defender ATP to identify attacker tools, techniques, and procedures, and generate alerts when these are observed in collected sensor data.

Microsoft Defender ATP


Threat & Vulnerability Management

Attack surface reduction

Next generation protection

Endpoint detection and response

Automated investigation and remediation

Secure score

Microsoft Threat Experts
Management and APIs
Microsoft Threat Protection

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Threat & Vulnerability Management
This built-in capability uses a game-changing risk-based approach to the discovery, prioritization, and remediation of endpoint vulnerabilities and misconfigurations.

Attack surface reduction
The attack surface reduction set of capabilities provide the first line of defense in the stack. By ensuring configuration settings are properly set and exploit mitigation techniques are applied, these set of capabilities resist attacks and exploitation. This set of capabilities also includes network protection and web protection, which regulate access to malicious IP addresses, domains, and URLs.

Next generation protection
To further reinforce the security perimeter of your network, Microsoft Defender ATP uses next generation protection designed to catch all types of emerging threats.

Endpoint detection and response
Endpoint detection and response capabilities are put in place to detect, investigate, and respond to advanced threats that may have made it past the first two security pillars. Advanced hunting provides a query-based threat-hunting tool that lets you proactively find breaches and create custom detections.

Automated investigation and remediation
In conjunction with being able to quickly respond to advanced attacks, Microsoft Defender ATP offers automatic investigation and remediation capabilities that help reduce the volume of alerts in minutes at scale.

Secure score

Note

Secure score is now part of Threat & Vulnerability Management as Configuration score. The secure score page will be available for a few weeks. View the Secure score page.

Microsoft Defender ATP includes a secure score to help you dynamically assess the security state of your enterprise network, identify unprotected systems, and take recommended actions to improve the overall security of your organization.

Microsoft Threat Experts
Microsoft Defender ATP's new managed threat hunting service provides proactive hunting, prioritization, and additional context and insights that further empower Security operation centers (SOCs) to identify and respond to threats quickly and accurately.

Management and APIs
Integrate Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection into your existing workflows.

Integration with Microsoft solutions
Microsoft Defender ATP directly integrates with various Microsoft solutions, including:

  • Intune
  • Office 365 ATP
  • Azure ATP
  • Azure Security Center
  • Skype for Business
  • Microsoft Cloud App Security

Microsoft Threat Protection
With Microsoft Threat Protection, Microsoft Defender ATP and various Microsoft security solutions form a unified pre- and post-breach enterprise defense suite that natively integrates across endpoint, identity, email, and applications to detect, prevent, investigate and automatically respond to sophisticated attacks.

In this section

To help you maximize the effectiveness of the security platform, you can configure individual capabilities that surface in Microsoft Defender Security Center.

Topic Description
Overview Understand the concepts behind the capabilities in Microsoft Defender ATP so you take full advantage of the complete threat protection platform.
Minimum requirements Learn about the requirements of the platform and the initial steps you need to take to get started with Microsoft Defender ATP.
Configure and manage capabilities Configure and manage the individual capabilities in Microsoft Defender ATP.
Troubleshoot Microsoft Defender ATP Learn how to address issues that you might encounter while using the platform.

Microsoft Defender ATP helps detect sophisticated threats