ATLANTA, GA. — Microsoft today unveiled what it calls the most secure browser for enterprise customers, along with expanded security features for Office 365 users.
At its Ignite conference in Atlanta, the tech giant debuted Windows Defender Application Guard, a new enterprise feature for Microsoft Edge designed to ward off browser-based malware attacks.
Windows Defender Application Guard, built into Microsoft Edge and Windows 10, opens a browser session in an isolated “container” that binds directly to hardware. It wards off any malware that may be inherent inside of a SaaS application viewed through Edge.
Microsoft said that the hardware-binding aspect of the new feature is key, noting that current containers within other browsers leave companies vulnerable to a majority of the most common security attacks.
Windows Defender Application Guard will be available early next year.
The new security product is one of several that Microsoft announced today. Others include intelligence sharing between Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection and Office 365 ATP; improvements to Office 365 ATP like new reports, dynamic delivery, and URl detonation; and expanded Office 365 ATP for apps like Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
Microsoft is also rolling out Office 365 Threat Intelligence, which tracks and identifies advanced threats by analyzing data signals across Windows, Office and Azure.
“We are building security deeply into every product family that we have,” Judson Althoff, executive vice president for worldwide commercial business, told a group of reporters and analysts on Sunday evening.
Last week, Uber announced that it is using a selfie security feature that uses machine learning developed by Microsoft to verify the identity of drivers.