Back in June, Microsoft Defender ATP (Advanced Threat Protection) was confirmed for release on the Android mobile platform. Microsoft made a promise a preview of the security tool would come to Google's service soon. Well, now Defender ATP has made its debut in public preview.
Users can get the app from the Google Play Store, but this is not a free tool. Instead, it is part of Redmond's wider Microsoft 365 E5 license. That removes all but the top paying enterprise customers who subscribe to Microsoft 365's top tier.
It's still an important release because Microsoft is increasingly positioning its mobile tools to business users and not consumers.
Back in June when the company made its announcement regarding Microsoft Defender ATP on Android, it was seemingly to coincide with the Surface Duo. Microsoft's new Android smartphone is certainly for business users, with camera and other consumer-focused features taking a back seat.
Considering the Surface Duo is launching in September, the arrivals of Microsoft Defender ATP is timely. Microsoft announced its plan to bring Microsoft Defender ATP to Android and iOS back in February.
Users need to be running Android 6 or newer and can get ATP from the Google Play Store here.
As for the core features of Microsoft Defender ATP, here are the details:
- “Protection from phishing and access to risky domains and URLs through web protection capabilities that will block unsafe sites accessed through SMS/text, WhatsApp, email, browsers, and other apps. We're using the same Microsoft Defender SmartScreen services that are on Windows to quickly detect malicious sites which means that a decision to block a suspicious site will apply across all devices in the enterprise.
- Proactive scanning of malicious applications, files, and potentially unwanted applications (PUA) that users may download to their mobile devices. Our capabilities and investments in cloud-powered protection and intelligence on application reputation allow us to quickly detect sophisticated malware and apps that that may display undesirable behavior.
- Adding layers of protection to help prevent and limit the impact of breaches in an organization. By leveraging tight integration with Microsoft Endpoint Manager and Conditional Access, mobile devices that have been compromised with malicious apps or malware are considered high risk and are blocked from accessing corporate resources.
A unified security experience through Microsoft Defender Security Center where defenders can see alerts and easily get the additional context they need to quickly assess and respond to threats across Windows, Mac, Linux, and now mobile devices.”