Using Microsoft Defender for Endpoint in app protection policies for Android and iOS

This week is all about some new and exiting functionality related to Microsoft Defender for Endpoint (MDE) that was announced around Microsoft Ignite. That new and exiting functionality is that MDE risk signals can now be used in app protection policies for Android and iOS. Those signals are based on the protection against phishing, unsafe network connections (on Android and iOS), and malicious apps (on Android only). That enables the usage of MDE on unmanaged devices for even better protection of work data. This behavior can be achieved by configuring an integration between MDE and Microsoft Intune, to send the required signals to Microsoft Intune, and by configuring an app protection policy, to create a conditional launch for the app, based on the signals provided …

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Deploy Microsoft Defender Application Control policies without forcing a reboot

This week is all about Microsoft Defender Application Control (MDAC). More specifically, about configuring MDAC policies on Windows 10 devices by using Microsoft Intune without forcing a reboot. MDAC, often still referred to as Windows Defender Application Control (WDAC), restricts application usage by using a feature that was previously already known as configurable Code Integrity (CI) policies. To make the history lesson complete, configurable CI policies was one of the two main components of Windows Defender Device Guard (WDDG). History aside, CI policies help with protecting Windows 10 devices by checking apps based on the attributes of the code signing certificates and the app binaries, the reputation of the app, the identity of the process that initiated the installation (managed installer) and the path from …

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Working with Attack Surface Reduction rules to reduce the attack surface of applications

This week is al about Attack Surface Reduction (ASR) rules. ASR rules are originally introduced as one of the four main features of Windows Defender Exploit Guard. Windows Defender Exploit Guard was introduced as a major update to Microsoft Defender Antivirus, in Windows 10 version 1709, and was the successor of Enhance Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET). Nowadays ASR rules are just part of the attack surface reduction controls of Microsoft Defender, but many configuration paths will still refer to Windows Defender Exploit Guard. In this post I’ll have a closer look at configuring ASR rules by using Microsoft Intune. I’ll start with a short introduction about licensing and the different configuration options, followed by the steps for configuring ASR rules and showing the actual configuration. …

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