Microsoft is making sure that IT Professionals around the world can assess if they Windows devices across the enterprise are protected. Today, the Analytics Service from Windows introduced new capabilities which will help them analyze, and then report the status of devices they manage.
The tool will check if the CPU has got the firmware update, if Windows OS has the latest update, and if the anti-virus software is compatible with the latest Windows updates. Microsft did share about the anti-virus compatibility sometimes back, and this new capability just aligns with that.
These new capabilities include:
Anti-virus Status: Some anti-virus (AV) software may not be compatible with the required Windows Operating System updates. This status insight indicates if the devices’ anti-virus software is compatible with the latest Windows security update3.
Windows Operating System Security Update Status: This Windows Analytics insight will indicate which Windows security update is running on any device and if any of these updates have been disabled. In some cases, IT Administrators may choose to install the security update, but disable the fix. Our complete list of Windows editions and security updates can be found in our Windows customer guidance article.
Firmware Status – This insight provides details about the firmware installed on the device. Specifically, this insight reports if the installed firmware indicates that it includes the specific protections required. Initially, this status will be limited to the list of approved and available firmware security updates from Intel4. We will be adding other CPU (chipset) partners’ data as it becomes available to Microsoft.
Keeping in mind the impact of this vulnerability, its good to see Microsoft is making sure IT & Businesses are able to pinpoint these PCs, so they can be better managed.