Microsoft takes security to the Edge with Windows Defender Application Guard

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With many cyber attacks now initiated through the browser, endpoint security is something all businesses need to take seriously.

Among today's announcements at Ignite, Microsoft trailed security enhancements across a range of its products, including the Edge browser. Windows Defender Application Guard will be available to Windows 10 Enterprise users from next year and aims to make Edge the most secure business browser.

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With Windows Defender Application Guard mode enabled, the Edge browser will protect enterprises from advanced attacks that can infiltrate networks and devices via the Internet, creating a safer, worry-free browsing experience for customers.

It's powered by virtualization-based security technology and uses isolated containers. These are built directly into the hardware to prevent malicious code from moving across employee devices and into the corporate network.

Other security announcements today include Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (WDATP) and Office 365 ATP now being able to share intelligence mutually across both services, helping IT pros to investigate and respond to security threats across both Windows 10 and Office 365 more quickly and efficiently.

Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection will also be extended to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business. It will benefit from enhancements that include dynamic delivery, this enables users to receive email immediately with a placeholder attachment while the actual attachment undergoes scanning, and URL detonation, which analyzes links in real time to identify any new malicious URLs.

Office 365 Threat Intelligence will provide alerts and information on the origin of specific attacks, integrate with existing security incident event management (SIEM) systems, and enable customers to deploy dynamic policies based on the nature of a threat.

Enterprise Mobility + Security E5, is a new offering that expands security to help companies transition to mobility and cloud. Available starting Octrober 1, 2016, the suite includes the new Microsoft Azure Information Protection service to help organizations classify, label and protect their sensitive data.

The first of October will also see the launch of Secure Productive Enterprise, which offers the latest and most advanced security and productivity capabilities across Office 365, Windows 10 Enterprise and Enterprise Mobility + Security.

You can see a short video explaining how Defender Application Guard will work in Edge below.

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