Windows Defender, More than just Antivirus – Part 1

Due to my professional activity as a Cyber Security Consultant, I regularly speak with customers about Windows Defender and find that many are not fully aware of all the features and capabilities that Windows Defender offers. Also, when reviewing existing implementations, I’ve noticed a pattern of some common issues. I guess the blog post title ‘Windows Defender, more than just Antivirus’ says it all. The objective of today’s blog post is to provide you with Read More …

Monitoring Windows Defender Cloud Protection Service connectivity with ConfigMgr

Hello everyone, earlier this week I wrote a blog post how to test Microsoft Defender Cloud Protection Service (MAPS) with PowerShell. Today I would like to share a possible approach how to actively monitor MAPS Connectivity across all your devices using ConfigMgr configuration baselines. As mentioned in my earlier blogpost in order to take full advantage of Microsoft Defender protection capabilities, it’s important that clients can communicate with MAPS, if the client cannot communicate with Read More …

Testing Windows Defender MAPS Connectivity with PowerShell

Whenever I work with customers on Windows Defender or Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection, one of the first things I usually review are the current Windows Defender settings. Having Windows Defender properly configured is key, because otherwise you might not be able to make use of all the capabilities Defender and Defender ATP provides. One of them is MAPS (Microsoft Active Protection Service) or also known as Windows Defender Antivirus cloud-delivered protection service. Quite often Read More …

Managing Windows Defender / System Center Endpoint Security with PowerShell

I just read a blog post from Ed Wilson (Scripting Guy) about Use PowerShell to Configure Windows Defender Preferences and wondered if there’s more here. And yes there is. If you have a default insallation of Windows 8 and have defender enabled or work in an enterprise environment and use Configuration Manager with the  System Center Endpoint Security agent deployed on your clients then you the below listed cmdlets available. Windows Defender To get a Read More …