Microsoft Will Leverage AI to Fight Malware in Next Creators Update

Prayank

Soon after the new Petya ransomware threat took over thousands of PCs in USA and several countries in Europe, Microsoft has announced the security updates that its Windows 10 Fall Creators update will feature in order to protect the users better.

The new update will ensure a higher level of protection as the company will improve its Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) for Win 10 enterprise services.

The Windows Defender ATP will now also include Windows Defender Exploit Guard, Windows Defender Application Guard and updates to Windows Defender Device Guard and Windows Defender Antivirus.

“The Microsoft mindset is a security mindset. Our goal is to ensure customer safety as the security threat landscape continues to grow increasingly more sophisticated and adversaries are more successful at impacting the bottom line,” the company stated.

In addition to securing their platform from threats and equipping it to fight them better, the company will also be harnessing cloud intelligence to mitigate threats.

Microsoft will make use of the cloud power of ISG, a global tech research and advisory firm, alongside its data science and machine learning in order to better understand threats and protect against them before they can infect the system.

“New security features in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update allows us to be more front footed and make life harder for the bad guys. We’re raising the bar by hardening our Windows platform, taking advantage of cloud intelligence and bringing everything together in one end-to-end solution,” the company stated.

The Windows Defender antivirus will also get the power of artificial intelligence using machine learning to protect the users better than before.

The company claims that using the power of cloud intelligence, the antivirus programme is able to identify threats from trillions of signals and can give its verdict on a malware in a few seconds — even if the malware hasn’t been seen before.

“With Windows 10, enterprises will benefit from a new level of security that doesn’t require you to install any additional agent. Windows Defender ATP gives customers visibility into hacking and malware-related threats discovered and blocked on the enterprise endpoints,” the company added.

These enhanced security protocols will currently only be available to enterprise users when the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update is released but as the threat of ransomware is growing rampantly, Microsoft should also release a similar security update for its commercial users.

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