Microsoft is planning to bring its Defender antivirus software to Android and iOS later this year. The software giant is developing apps for both mobile operating systems that are designed to provide antivirus prevention and a “full command line experience.” Microsoft isn’t revealing exactly what the apps will do just yet, but the company plans to preview them at the RSA Conference next week.
With this, Microsoft aims to provide security solutions to millions of active Apple and Google users, amid growing malware threats worldwide. Microsoft Defender was introduced back in 2006 after several betas build, and is now known as Windows Defender for Windows users.
According to a note shared by the company on Thursday, the Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) will not only combat threats from third-party apps but will further share analytics with Azure Sentinel, Microsoft’s cloud-native security information and event manager (SIEM) security teams, to “view and manage threats across Microsoft for future”.
The company will also be extending the ATP for Linux, the note added.
Speaking more on the company’s vision, Rob Lefferts, Microsoft corporate vice president told CNBC, “They [iOS and Android operating systems] are pretty safe but pretty safe is not the same as safe. Malware does happen on those platforms”, he said adding that the ATP feature will tackle phishing attempts.
One of the bigger goals for Defender on iOS and Android is phishing prevention to stop employees at companies from accidentally revealing their usernames, passwords, or other account information.
The latest announcement by Microsoft is an attempt by the company to further tap into the smartphone industry, after providing antivirus security to PCs for decades. Earlier this week, the company launched its all-in-one Office app for both Android and iOS devices that provides access to Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.