Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection

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

Windows 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 Windows 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 Windows Defender ATP to identify attacker tools, techniques, and procedures, and generate alerts when these are observed in collected sensor data.

Windows Defender ATP


Attack surface reduction

Next generation protection

Endpoint detection and response

Automated investigation and remediation

Secure score

Advanced hunting
Management and APIs
Microsoft Threat Protection

Tip

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 exploitations.

Next generation protection
To further reinforce the security perimeter of your network, Windows 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.

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

Secure score
Windows 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.

Advanced hunting
Create custom threat intelligence and use a powerful search and query tool to hunt for possible threats in your organization.

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

Microsoft Threat Protection
Windows Defender ATP is part of the Microsoft Threat Protection solution that helps implement end-to-end security across possible attack surfaces in the modern workplace. Bring the power of Microsoft threat protection to your organization.

In this section

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

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

Windows Defender ATP helps detect sophisticated threats