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 …

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 …

Azure Information Protection Scanner & Analytics – Resource Collection

Hey there, This might sound like a bad excuse for not writing up a whole blog post, but in fact I had planned to write a few words about the Azure Information Protection Scanner and the recently announced Azure Information Protection Analytics that provides a central reporting capability for the AIP Scanner. Those that have used the AIP Scanner before, will agree that, gathering scanner results data was quite tedious as you had to grab Read More …

ToolTip: Microsoft Safety Scanner

If you’re looking for a FREE Virus and Malware scanning tool that does not require installation, have a look at the Microsoft Safety Scanner tool. The software runs on Windows 7, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista and Windows XP. I wonder why Server 2008 and 2008-R2 are not listed, but the fact that it does support Server 2003 makes it a perfect utility for my Windows Home Server. Note that the Microsoft Safety Scanner does Read More …

Forefront vs. the competition

With two customers telling me within just one week that they both have plans to replace their existing client security solutions with Microsoft Forefront Client Security I thought it’s about time to get a better understanding of the FCS product. After having visited the Microsoft Forefront Client Security product page I continued searching the web for additional information and stumbled upon the Forefront vs. the competition blog post on Microsoft-NOW.