Stopping hacks in their tracks

Microsoft’s terry myerson announced that Windows 10 now includes Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection. He says that this new service will help detect, investigate, and respond to advanced attacks on company networks. For you, this means your personal data should be more secure when companies switch to Windows 10 and use this new service. Companies are also encouraged to click over here for information on extra network and email security.

According to Myerson, Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection builds on Windows 10’s existing security defenses and addsa new “post-breach layer of protection.” The service combines a “robust” cloud service with Windows 10’s client technology, and will supposedly detect attacks that will break through other defenses.

The new Windows 10 service will provide detailed information about what happened during an attack, including why, when, and by whom. Myerson says the service is powered by multiple ingredients: Windows behavioral sensors, threat intelligence, cloud-based security analytics, and Microsoft’s own intelligent security graph.

“This immense security graph provides big-data security analytics that look across aggregate behaviors to identify anomalies— informed by anonymous information from over one billion Windows devices, 2.5 trillion indexed URLs on the web, 600 million reputation look-ups online, and over one million suspicious files detonated every day,” Myerson writes.

Because this service is baked into Windows 10, customers won’t have to worry about manual updates and deployments, Myerson says. There’s also no ongoing maintenance or the need for an onpremise server infrastructure. Windows Defender Advanced Threat Detection also complements current Microsoft services, such as Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection. -KP

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