Microsoft Defender for Endpoint Adds Support for Android Enterprise COPE devices

Cloud Computing

Microsoft has launched its Defender for Endpoint solution on Android Enterprise (AE) company-owned personally enabled (COPE) devices. The company says that organizations can deploy this update with Microsoft Intune.

Microsoft Defender for Endpoint is an enterprise endpoint security solution that helps to protect businesses from advanced threats. With this release, Android Enterprise COPE devices can now leverage all security capabilities, such as network protection, malware scanning, phishing and web protection, and more.

The COPE model allows organizations to provide their employees with mobile computing devices. The devices are primarily intended for work purposes, but individuals can also use them in a personal capacity. It’s possible for both IT admins and employees to install applications on organization-owned mobile devices.

“Cope architecture uses containerization tools like a work profile to maintain separation between personal and work data, and the applications used for each. This provides admins full management control within the work profile while only limited visibility into the personal profile. This practice helps admins continue to enforce policies while maintaining employee privacy,” the company explained.

IT Pros can deploy Microsoft Defender for Endpoint on Android Enterprise enrolled devices with Microsoft Intune

Microsoft notes that this update builds on the existing support available for enrolled devices for AE fully managed modes, the legacy Device Administrator mode, AE bring your own device (BYOD) as well as the unenrolled mobile application management (MAM) devices. You can find more details about the deployment of Microsoft Defender for Endpoint on Android Enterprise enrolled devices on this support page.

Back in July, Microsoft Defender for Endpoint also introduced a new mobile network protection feature that protects businesses against Wi-Fi-related threats. It provides remediation options to change networks in case an unsecured or suspicious network is detected. This capability is available for both iOS and Android devices.