What's new in Microsoft Defender for Endpoint

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The following features are in preview or generally available (GA) in the latest release of Microsoft Defender for Endpoint.

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January 2023

December 2022

November 2022

  • Built-in protection is now generally available. Built-in protection helps protect your organization from ransomware and other threats with default settings that help ensure your devices are protected.

  • Zeek is now generally available as a component of Microsoft Defender for Endpoint.

    Microsoft has partnered with Corelight, a leader in open source Network Detection and Response (NDR), to provide a new open-source integration with Zeek for Defender for Endpoint. With this integration, organizations can super-charge their investigation efforts with rich network signals and reduce the time it takes to detect network-based threats by having unprecedented visibility into network traffic from the endpoints' perspective.

    The new Zeek integration is available in the latest version of the Defender for Endpoint agent via the following knowledge base articles:

    Note

    This integration doesn’t currently support the use of custom scripts to gain visibility into extra signals.

October 2022

  • Network protection C2 detection and remediation is now generally available.
    Attackers often compromise existing internet-connected servers to become their command and control servers. Attackers can use the compromised servers to hide malicious traffic and deploy malicious bots that are used to infect endpoints. Network protection detection and remediation will help improve the time it takes security operations (SecOps) teams to pinpoint and respond to malicious network threats that are looking to compromise endpoints.

September 2022

August 2022

  • Device health status
    The Device health status card shows a summarized health report for the specific device.

  • Device health reporting (Preview)
    The devices status report provides high-level information about the devices in your organization. The report includes trending information showing the sensor health state, antivirus status, OS platforms, and Windows 10 versions.

  • Tamper protection on macOS is now generally available
    This feature will be released with audit mode enabled by default, and you can decide whether to enforce (block) or turn off the capability. Later this year, we'll offer a gradual rollout mechanism that will automatically switch endpoints to block mode; note this will only apply if you have not made a choice to either enable (block mode) or disable the capability.

  • Network Protection and Web Protection for macOS and Linux is now in Public Preview!
    Network Protection helps reduce the attack surface of your devices from Internet-based events. It prevents employees from using any application to access dangerous domains that may host phishing scams, exploits, and other malicious content on the Internet. It's the foundation on which our Web Protection for Microsoft Defender for Endpoint is built. These capabilities include Web threat protection, Web content filtering, and IP/URL Custom indicators. Web protection enables you to secure your devices against web threats and helps to regulate unwanted content.

  • Improved Microsoft Defender for Endpoint (MDE) onboarding for Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2016
    Configuration Manager version 2207 now supports automatic deployment of modern, unified Microsoft Defender for Endpoint for Windows Server 2012 R2 & 2016. Windows Server 2012 and 2016 devices that are targeted with Microsoft Defender for Endpoint onboarding policy will use the unified agent versus the existing Microsoft Monitoring Agent based solution, if configured through Client Settings.

July 2022

June 2022

May 2022

April 2022

  • Updated onboarding and feature parity for Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2016)
    The new unified solution package is now generally available and makes it easier to onboard servers by removing dependencies and installation steps. In addition, this unified solution package comes with many new feature improvements.

  • Integration with Tunnel for iOS. Microsoft Defender for Endpoint on iOS can now integrate with Microsoft Tunnel, a VPN gateway solution to enable security and connectivity in a single app. This feature was earlier available only on Android.

  • Enhanced Antimalware Protection in Microsoft Defender for Endpoint Android
    We're excited to share major updates to the Malware protection capabilities of Microsoft Defender for Endpoint on Android. These new capabilities form a major component of your next-generation protection in Microsoft Defender for Endpoint. This protection brings together machine learning, big-data analysis, in-depth threat research, and the Microsoft cloud infrastructure to protect Android devices (or endpoints) in your organization.

  • Enhanced antimalware engine capabilities for Linux and macOS
    We're announcing a significant upgrade to our next-generation protection on Linux and macOS with a new, enhanced engine. The Microsoft Defender Antivirus antimalware engine is a key component of next-generation protection. This protection brings machine learning, big-data analysis, in-depth threat research, and the Microsoft cloud infrastructure, to protect devices (or endpoints) in your organization. The main benefits of this major update include performance and prevention improvements, as well as adding support for custom file indicators on macOS and Linux.

  • New Reporting Functionality for Device Control and Windows Defender Firewall
    We're excited to announce the new Endpoint reporting capabilities within the Microsoft 365 Defender portal. This work brings new endpoint reports together so you can see what is happening in your environment with just a couple clicks. Our reports are designed to provide insight into device behavior and activity while allowing you to take full advantage of the integrated experiences within Microsoft 365 Defender portal, such as device timeline and advanced hunting.

  • Unified submissions in Microsoft 365 Defender now Generally Available!
    Your security team now has a “one-stop shop” for submitting emails, URLs, email attachments, and files in one, easy-to-use submission experience. To simplify the submission process, we're excited to announce a new unified submissions experience in the Microsoft 365 Defender portal (https://security.microsoft.com). With unified submissions, you can submit files to Microsoft 365 Defender for review from within the portal. We're also adding the ability to submit a file directly from a Microsoft Defender for Endpoint Alert page.

  • Announcing expanded support and functionality for Live Response APIs
    We're happy to share that we continue to expand support of existing APIs across all of our supported platforms in Microsoft Defender for Endpoint, alongside announcing new ones that will help simplify and augment organization's response automation and orchestration.

February 2022

  • The Splunk Add-on for Microsoft Security is now available
    We're happy to share that the Splunk-supported Splunk Add-on for Microsoft Security is now available. This add-on builds on the Microsoft 365 Defender Add-on for Splunk 1.3.0 and maps the Microsoft Defender for Endpoint Alerts API properties or the Microsoft 365 Defender Incidents API properties onto Splunk's Common Information Model (CIM).

  • Deprecating the legacy SIEM API - Postponed
    We previously announced the SIEM REST API would be deprecated on 4/1/2022. We've listened to customer feedback and the API deprecation has been postponed for now, more details expected in Q3, 2022. We look forward to sharing exciting details about the ​Microsoft 365 Defender APIs in Microsoft Graph in Q3 2022.

January 2022