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Microsoft Announces Zero-Touch Onboarding for ‘Defender for Endpoint’ on iOS

Microsoft this week announced the public preview of zero-touch onboarding for Defender for Endpoint on iOS.

With the new capability, organizations can deploy Defender for Endpoint on iOS across devices in their environment without requiring any form of user interaction, as long as those devices are enrolled with Microsoft Endpoint Manager.

Microsoft this week announced the public preview of zero-touch onboarding for Defender for Endpoint on iOS.

With the new capability, organizations can deploy Defender for Endpoint on iOS across devices in their environment without requiring any form of user interaction, as long as those devices are enrolled with Microsoft Endpoint Manager.

By providing a zero-touch onboarding experience, the tech giant seeks to eliminate deployment friction and ensure that the app can be rolled out to devices quickly, through silent activation. The user is notified of the installation, but they don’t need to open the application.

With Microsoft Defender for Endpoint, the company says, devices within an organization benefit from capabilities such as anti-phishing, jailbreak detection, vulnerability assessment, and the blocking of unsafe connections.

Security teams, the tech giant says, can head to the Microsoft 365 Defender portal for a unified view of alerts and incidents, along with context that allows them to easily remediate threats across all endpoints.

Administrators can start the zero-touch deployment of Defender for Endpoint on iOS devices in the Microsoft Endpoint manager admin center, and Microsoft has published detailed information on the steps required to begin onboarding.

The tech giant encourages organizations to provide feedback on the new capability, so it could update the documentation during the preview period.

Initially released on Windows machines only, Defender for Endpoint is now available on macOS, Linux, and Android devices as well, in addition to iOS.

Related: Microsoft Announces New Endpoint Security Solution for SMBs

Related: Microsoft Enables Automatic Remediation in Defender for Endpoint

Related: Microsoft Introduces Device Vulnerability Report in Defender for Endpoint

Written By

Ionut Arghire is an international correspondent for SecurityWeek.

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