Microsoft Shares Telemetry Data Collected from Windows 10 Users with 3rd-Party
Cyber security is a major challenge in today's world, as cyber attacks have become more automated and difficult to detect, where traditional cyber security practices and systems are no longer sufficient to protect businesses, governments, and other organizations.
The good news is that if you are a Windows 10 user, Microsoft will now offer you a machine learning based threat intelligence feature via its inbuilt Windows security service, which will improve the security capabilities available on Windows 10 devices.
But, the bad news is that it is not free.
The company is offering this "differentiated intelligence" feature on its newly added service to Windows 10, dubbed Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (WDATP), which helps enterprises detect, investigate, and respond to advanced attacks on their networks.
This becomes possible after Microsoft recently signed a deal with FireEye that integrates the security vendor's iSIGHT Threat Intelligence into Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection.
As part of the partnership, Microsoft will give FireEye access to all the telemetry data from every device running Windows 10, Australian website ARN reports.
"FireEye has invested in nation-state grade threat intelligence, and we are strategically partnering with industry leaders to operationalize this high-quality intel," Ken Gonzalez, FireEye's Vice President of Corporate Development, said in the official press release.
"By working with Microsoft, we're able to offer differentiated threat intelligence within WDATP and together help make organizations more secure."
It's no secret that Windows 10 collects all sorts of usage information on users and sends them back to Microsoft, which then uses this telemetry data to help identify security issues, fix problems and improve the quality of its operating system.
This telemetry data includes information on the device running Windows 10, a list of installed apps, crash dumps, and other statistics from devices powered by its latest operating system.
However, this Microsoft's data mining capability also raised some privacy concerns among Windows users.
This newly-signed deal with FireEye is the first time that Microsoft has publicly agreed to share telemetry data of Windows 10 users with a third-party, which is definitely worrying for many users.