Microsoft Defender ATP for Mac now available in Public Preview

Yesterday Microsoft released Microsoft Defender ATP for Mac in public preview and are now available for download and installation though the Microsoft Defender Security Center.

In the onboarding section in Microsoft Defender Security Center, if you have preview features selected, you will see how to onboard macOS machines.

You will have the option to download a standalone package or package for Mobile Device Management / Microsoft Intune.

System Requirements

Before you try to install Microsoft Defender ATP on macOS you need to make sure you meet the following system requirements [1]:

  • macOS version: 10.14 (Mojave), 10.13 (High Sierra), 10.12 (Sierra)
  • Disk space: 1GB
  • No other third-party endpoint protection software installed

Manual deployment

If you want to manually deploy Microsoft Defender ATP to your macOS devices, Microsoft has created the following guide:
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/security/threat-protection/windows-defender-antivirus/microsoft-defender-atp-mac-install-manually

Microsoft Intune

If you use Microsoft Intune as a Mobile Device Management solution for your macOS devices, you could configure it to automatically onboard and deploy Microsoft Defender ATP. A guide from Microsoft on how this could be done is found here:
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/security/threat-protection/windows-defender-antivirus/microsoft-defender-atp-mac-install-with-intune

JAMF

If you use JAMF as a Mobile Device Management solution for your macOS devices, you could configure it to automatically onboard and deploy Microsoft Defender ATP. A guide from Microsoft on how this could be done is found here:
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/security/threat-protection/windows-defender-antivirus/microsoft-defender-atp-mac-install-with-jamf

Other MDM

If you are not using Microsoft Intune or JAMF but a other third party Mobile Device Management solution for your macOS devices, Microsoft has created a guide for this process on how you could use it to automatically onboard and deploy Microsoft Defender ATP for Mac, which could be found here:
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/security/threat-protection/windows-defender-antivirus/microsoft-defender-atp-mac-install-with-other-mdm

 

Keep in mind, Microsoft Defender ATP for Mac is in Public Preview, so you want to make sure you verify and test this before rolling out in full scale production!

[1] https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/security/threat-protection/windows-defender-antivirus/microsoft-defender-atp-mac#system-requirements

Disclaimer: All information on this blog is offered "as is" with no warranty. It is strongly recommended that you verify all information and validate all scripts in isolated test environments before using them in production environments.