By Josh Applebaum

End of Support for Microsoft Security Center Endpoint Protection (SCEP) for Mac

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Microsoft recently announced end of support for their Mac and Linux anti-virus (AV) product called Security Center Endpoint Protection or more commonly SCEP.

Specifically, the Microsoft Tech Community announcement stated the following:

End of Support for SCEP for Mac and SCEP for Linux on December 31, 2018
Support for System Center Endpoint Protection (SCEP) for Mac and Linux (all versions) ends on December 31, 2018. Availability of new virus definitions for SCEP for Mac and SCEP for Linux may be discontinued after the end of support. This discontinuation may occur without notice. If you are using any version of SCEP for Mac or SCEP for Linux, plan to migrate to a replacement endpoint protection product for Mac and Linux clients.

How does this affect me?

  • Starting today, customers with active deployments of SCEP for Mac will have the option to get ESET Endpoint Security for Mac. If you qualify, log in to the Microsoft Volume License Service Center (VLSC) to get more information. Further details are available on the download pages for the various versions of System Center Endpoint Protection.
  • No replacement is being made available for SCEP for Linux.
  • If you are using Configuration Manager current branch version 1810 or later, Management Insights will help alert you to the presence of Mac and Linux clients in your environments.

Consider Your Options

So, if you’re currently a SCEP customer or have been selling or reselling the SCEP product, it is time to evaluate your options for replacing SCEP. The Ziften Zenith cloud-delivered endpoint protection platform with Advanced AV, built entirely on a foundation of artificial intelligence, is one such option.

Zenith’s Advanced AV leverages proprietary algorithms to detect multiple attack vectors used by adversaries to breach corporate, government, and industrial endpoints. And unlike next-gen AV and traditional AV solutions that provide good protection against known or prevalent malware and little else, Ziften provides protection against a full range of attacks eliminating the need for ineffective system rollbacks and time-consuming reimaging.

Think About More Than Anti-Virus

But you may be thinking your organization needs more than just AV to properly secure your endpoints, and I’d have to agree with your conclusion. Comprehensive endpoint security demands much more than yesterday’s simple AV products. Endpoint security today requires:

  • Advanced threat prevention to stop known malware, protect against unknown malware and zero-day attacks, and to prevent fileless attacks including weaponized content.
  • Endpoint threat detection and response (EDR) to speed breach detection, threat analysis and remote remediation.
  • Continuous endpoint visibility including real-time visibility and 6 months of historical insight of endpoints including system, user behavior, network activity, application, binary, process data and more.
  • Endpoint hygiene monitoring and hardening to shrink the overall attack surface and improve the overall security posture against known and unknown threats and exploits.

So, if it’s time for your organization to consider more than AV, consider Ziften Zenith – the first endpoint protection platform for all endpoints – laptops, desktops, servers, and cloud – preventing multi-vector attacks with advanced AV, detection and response, PLUS visibility and hardening.

What About Microsoft for my Endpoint Security?

You might even be already considering Microsoft’s Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) unified platform for preventative protection, post-breach detection, automated investigation, and response. It’s a good solution for your Windows based endpoints, servers and virtual machines.

And it just so happens that Ziften is a partner in Microsoft’s Intelligent Security Association. And, as a member of the Microsoft Intelligent Security Association partner program, Ziften has collaborated with Microsoft and integrated our Zenith security platform with Microsoft Windows Defender ATP. The integration enables customers to prevent, detect, view, investigate, and respond to advanced cyber-attacks not only on Windows, but also macOS and Linux-based endpoints directly within the Microsoft Windows Defender Security Center Console. Ziften covers the macOS and Linux endpoints.

You can learn more about the Ziften and Microsoft integration for endpoint security here: https://ziften.com/microsoft-and-ziften/.

If you’d like to try Ziften Zenith to replace your Microsoft SCEP solution, see a Ziften Zenith demo, or try Ziften Zenith with Microsoft Windows Defender ATP let us know: https://ziften.com/demo/. We’d be happy to help!

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