Update: A Microsoft spokesperson has reached out to us, stating that the partnership won’t give FireEye access to Windows 10 telemetry. Microsoft is actually licensing content from FireEye iSIGHT Intelligence, which will add an addition layer of security to Windows Defender Threat Protection.
“The nature of the deal between Microsoft and FireEye is to license threat intelligence content from FireEye iSIGHT Intelligence. This additional layer of intelligence includes indicators and reports of past attacks collected and edited by FireEye and enhances detection capabilities of Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (WDATP). The deal does not include the sharing of Microsoft telemetry. – Microsoft Spokesperson”
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Microsoft touts Windows 10 as the most secure Windows ever. The company has been adding new security features to the operating system over the past couple of months with updates to the OS. Most recently, the company added Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (WDATP) to Windows 10 with the Anniversary Update which allows enterprise customers to detect and respond to advanced attacks on their network.
Now, according to a new report from ARN, Microsoft has apparently teamed up with security vendor FireEye. As part of the partnership, Microsoft will give FireEye access to all the telemetry coming from every Windows 10 device in the world. FireEye’s Vice President of Corporate Development stated that the company will be able to offer “differentiated intelligence” on Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection thanks to the partnership with Microsoft. He added:
“FireEye has invested in nation-state grade intelligence and we are strategically partnering with industry leaders to operationalise this high-quality intel,”
The partnership is expected to benefit both Microsoft and FireEye. However, this also raises some questions regarding the privacy of Windows 10 users. Both FireEye and Microsoft believes that the partnership will improve security in Windows 10 as the companies will be using the data to improved Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection — so it will be interesting to see if this actually does end-up improving security in Windows 10. Of course, Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection is mostly for enterprise customers, but Microsoft and FireEye are using telemetry from all Windows 10 users to improve WDATP’s features.