How Microsoft's Cloud-based Security Intelligence opens new vista in threat detection

Microsoft hinted on plans to employ artificial intelligence (AI) in building the next generation of antivirus software; included in the upcoming Windows 10 Fall Creators’ update, as an enhancement to the Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection - moving it up from isolated defenses to a smart, interconnected, and coordinated defense grid that is more intelligent, simple to manage, and evolving.

This simply means that Microsoft's Security system will expand beyond detection, investigation, and response, but will also allow companies to use the full power of the Windows security stack for preventative protection.

While, the AI’s main advantage is the ability to instantly pick up the presence of a new malware on a computer, which is then quickly quarantined in the cloud, leveraging the cloud-based security intelligence to understand the context, and providing tools that companies need to quickly investigate and remediate attacks.

And this won't only give companies a full picture of what’s happening on their endpoints, but also put them in the driver seat to quickly react to threats as it occurs.

For instance, it can help to prevent another global malware crisis (like the WannaCry ransomware attack), as the new defense system will be faster in tackling detected malware attacks.

Microsoft also plans to extend Windows Defender ATP to also cover the Windows Server platform, starting with Windows Server 2012 R2 and 2016 releases, while working on supporting more platforms beyond Windows.

The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update will be released for preview later this year around the September-October time-frame, according to the company.
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