The Microsoft Active Protections Program (MAPP) is a program for security software providers. Members of MAPP receive security vulnerability information from the Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) in advance of Microsoft's monthly security updates.
When MAPP partners receive vulnerability information early, they can provide updated protections to customers via their security software or devices, such as antivirus, network-based intrusion detection systems, or host-based intrusion prevention systems.
Even with these protections, Microsoft recommends that customers deploy security updates to help prevent exploitation of vulnerabilities as quickly as possible.
Get an Early Start on Building Protections
The amount of time between the release of a Microsoft security update and the release of exploit code for that update continues to shorten. MAPP gives security software providers early access to vulnerability information.
Before the launch of MAPP, security software providers had to wait until the public release of a security update before building protections. With MAPP, security software providers can deliver protection features to customers faster. To determine whether active protections are available from security software providers, please select a current MAPP partner in the dropdown below and visit the active protections websites provided by program partners.
For more information about how MAPP partners build enhanced protections that better protect customers, read the white paper "Building a Safer, More Trusted Internet through Information Sharing".
Becoming a Member of MAPP
Interested in becoming a member of MAPP? Security software providers who meet the program criteria are invited to apply. For more information, read Frequently Asked Questions.