Microsoft is considering to extend its Defender antivirus software to Android and iOS ecosystems. It will also showcase a preview during the RSA Conference that will be held during February 24 – 28. Amid growing malware threats worldwide, Microsoft is aiming to provide security solutions to Apple and Google users. Microsoft Defender was introduced in 2006 after several betas build and it is now known as Windows Defender.
Microsoft shared a note on Thursday which says, the Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) will combat threats from third-party apps and will further share analytics with Azure Sentinel, the cloud-native Security Information and Event Manager (SIEM) security teams of Microsoft which will view and manage threats across Microsoft for future.
The note also declared the extension of the ATP for Linux.
Rob Lefferts, Microsoft corporate vice president told CNBC, “They are pretty safe but pretty safe is not the same as safe. Malware does happen on those platforms”, and added that the ATP feature will tackle phishing attempts.
It is not clear when and how the company rolls out the Defender app for mobile.
This step is looking like an attempt by the company to further tap into the smartphone industry, after providing antivirus security to PCs for decades. The company also launched its all-in-one Office app for both Android and iOS devices providing access to Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
Microsoft partnered with South-Korean giant Samsung in 2019 to sell some of its smartphones which were pre-installed with Microsoft Android apps. In 2018, the Redmond company brought Windows Defender Browser Protection for Google Chrome and Firefox in the form of an add-on.