Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) is a unified endpoint security platform that is available for Windows 10 users around the world. As enterprises will have mix of Windows 7/Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 devices till they completely move to Windows 10, Microsoft is today announcing that they are adding Windows Defender ATP down-level support for Windows 7 SP1 and Windows 8.1.
Starting this summer, Microsoft will allow organizations moving to Windows 10 to add Windows Defender ATP Endpoint Detection & Response (EDR) functionality to their Windows 7, and Windows 8.1 devices.
For Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, we are building a behavioral based EDR solution to give security teams rich insights into threats on their endpoints. All detections and events are surfaced in Windows Defender Security Center, the cloud-based console for Windows Defender ATP.
IT security teams will receive alerts for known and unknown adversaries, additional threat intelligence, and a detailed machine timeline for further investigations and manual response options.