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Microsoft Defender network protection generally available on iOS, Android


The Mobile Network Protection feature is generally available to help organizations detect network weaknesses affecting mobile devices running Microsoft’s Defender for Endpoint security platform.

When rogue threats and certificates are detected, MDE will provide protection and alert when Mobile Network Protection is toggled.

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Push notifications will be sent when open wi-fi networks are discovered and if MDE discovers suspicious networks.

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“As the world continues to make sense of the digital transformation, networks are becoming increasingly complex and provide a unique avenue for malicious activity if left unattended”, the company said in June when it announced the public preview.

“Microsoft offers a mobile network protection feature in Defender for Endpoint that helps organizations identify, assess, and remediate endpoint weaknesses with the help of robust threat intelligence.”

Even though Mobile Network Protection is enabled by default on mobile devices, Microsoft provides detailed information on how to set it up on mobile devices using the Microsoft Endpoint Manager admin center.

Endpoint security platform covering all major OSs

Defender for Endpoint’s capabilities have slowly been expanded to protect devices across all major platforms and to enable security teams to defend network endpoints using a unified security solution

Disable MDE Network Protection

In February, MDE on iOS was updated with zero-touch onboarding to help admins silently and automatically install Defender for Endpoint on all Enrolled Devices in an enterprise network.

One month later, Microsoft announced that MDE threat and vulnerability management support for the two operating systems were general availability.

Increasing their organization’s resilience against attack attempts targeting mobile devices is achieved by vulnerability management.

“With this new cross- platform coverage, threat and vulnerability management capabilities now support all major device platforms across the organization”, Microsoft said.

Redmond revealed earlier this year that MDE is now allowing admins to “contain” unmanaged Windows devices on their network if they were compromised and is better at blocking ransomware on Windows 11

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