Secure configuration assessment for macOS and Linux now in public preview
Published May 11 2021 08:30 AM 15.7K Views

Effectively identifying, assessing, and remediating device misconfigurations that deviate from security best practices is pivotal in running a healthy security program, hardening your surface area, and reducing organizational risk. Microsoft’s Threat and Vulnerability Management capabilities already does this for Windows 10 and Windows Server devices today. However, when it comes to misconfiguration detection and remediation, covering additional operating systems is just as important.


Today, we’re excited to announce that we're expanding our secure configuration assessment capabilities to cover macOS and Linux, in addition to existing support for Windows 10 and Windows Server devices. With this expansion, organizations can now discover, prioritize, and remediate over 30 known unsecure configurations in macOS and Linux to improve their organization's security posture. We’ll be continuously expanding on the initial set of supported configuration assessments to provide more visibility into your security posture.


The secure configuration assessment feature in threat & vulnerability management is a key component of Microsoft Secure Score for Devices. When generally available, the newly introduced configuration assessments for macOS and Linux will also be surfaced in the all-up Microsoft Secure Score.


Want to know how many macOS devices have FileVault turned off, or how many Linux devices have real-time protection disabled? Go to Vulnerability management > Security recommendations in the Microsoft 365 security portal ( You can also open the device page for any of your macOS or Linux devices and select the 'Security recommendations' tab.


This new capability requires client version 101.23.64 and later.










Microsoft Defender for Endpoint team



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‎May 14 2021 12:15 PM
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