Support for more operating systems coming

Today, Microsoft announced it is expanding the scope of its Threat and Vulnerability Management (TVM) solution within Microsoft Defender for Endpoint by pushing support for macOS to General Availability (GA) and adding support for downstream Windows 8.1 in (public) preview.

The additions of macOS should not come as a surprise, as it’s been in preview for a while. However, that Microsoft added support for Windows 8.1 is both surprising and not at the same time. Although Windows 10 has been around for a while and organizations seem to be adopting it steadily, the number of active Windows 8.1 devices appears to be important enough to warrant an update to TVM to support it as well. That is, of course, less good news…

I am nonetheless happy with the expanded support and am looking forward to the inclusion of Linux as well at some point in the future. Threat and Vulnerability Management is an often overlooked, but crucial part of a comprehensive security strategy. After all, endpoints are an important attack surface in your organization. When left untreated, bugs and vulnerabilities can make it considerably easier for someone with malicious intent to gain access to, elevate privileges from, or move laterally to another endpoint. As such, gaining visibility into what software is running on your endpoints and which (known) vulnerabilities are associated to it, is an important step in your device management strategy and – by extension.- your overall approach to security. With the information provided by TVM, you don’t only get a complete picture of your potential attack surface, but you can also prioritize patching efforts to focus on the vulnerabilities that pose the biggest threat.

For more information about the new features, have a look at Microsoft’s original post via the link below: