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Microsoft delivers Defender ATP security service to Macs

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Microsoft on Monday made good on a March pledge by announcing that its most sophisticated endpoint security service is now available for Macs.

Microsoft Defender ATP (Advanced Threat Protection) for Mac shifted to what the company calls "general availability" on June 28, wrote Helen Allas, a principal program manager on the enterprise security team, in a July 8 post to a company blog.

Core components of Defender ATP, including the latest - "Threat & Vulnerability Management," which made it to general availability a week ago - now serve Macs.

"Full Microsoft Defender ATP integration is not available yet," Microsoft said in the "Known issues" section of the still-sparse online documentation.

Microsoft Defender ATP detects ongoing attacks on corporate networks, blocks what it recognizes as malicious, then follows up to investigate the attack - or in the worst cases, the breach - and provides response recommendations and attack remediation.

The service is a component within the most expensive Windows 10 licenses, such as those provided by the subscription-based Windows 10 Enterprise E5 or Microsoft 365 E5.

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