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Microsoft Defender for Endpoint brings remote deployment to iOS


With the latest Microsoft Defender for Endpoint (MDE) preview for iOS, Microsoft has taken another step that should make life easier for IT administrators who need to secure remote iOS devices at the endpoint.

Endpoint protection without the user friction

The MDE preview includes a new capability to install Defender for Endpoint remotely and automatically on any devices enrolled in the service. The company first announced its intention to deliver the feature last month.

In practice, this seems relatively friction-free.

Once configured, the app will be installed on iPhones and iPads without requiring any user interaction. The devices are then added to the Microsoft Defender Security console and the user is informed that the installation has taken place.

With MDE installed, the device will gain all the anti-phishing, jailbreak detection, and vulnerability assessment tools offered by the service. These include unsafe connection blocking, which is invaluable for remote workers who may unknowingly use insecure networks.

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This information is also made available to security teams who can monitor threats across all active endpoints via the console. These teams will receive an alert about any security events — for example, if a device has been jailbroken. And if Conditional Access is in place, the device will be blocked from accessing corporate data once it exceeds the acceptable risk score.

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