Microsoft Defender AV must be configured for automatic remediation action to be taken for threat alert level High. (Cat II impact)
This policy setting allows the customization of which automatic remediation action will be taken for each threat alert level. Threat alert levels should be added under the Options for this setting. Each entry must be listed as a name value pair. The name defines a threat alert level. The value contains the action ID for the remediation action that should be taken. Valid threat alert levels are: 1 = Low 2 = Medium 4 = High 5 = Severe Valid remediation action values are: 2 = Quarantine 3 = Remove 6 = Ignore
Verify the policy value for Computer Configuration >> Administrative Templates >> Windows Components >> Microsoft Defender Antivirus >> Threats >> "Specify threat alert levels at which default action should not be taken when detected" is set to "Enabled". Click the "Show…" box option and verify the "Value name" field contains a value of "4" and the "Value" field contains a "2". A value of "3" in the "Value" field is more restrictive and also an acceptable value. Procedure: Use the Windows Registry Editor to navigate to the following key: HKLM\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows Defender\Threats\ThreatSeverityDefaultAction Criteria: If the value "4" is REG_SZ = 2 (or 3), this is not a finding.
Set the policy value for Computer Configuration >> Administrative Templates >> Windows Components >> Microsoft Defender Antivirus >> Threats >> "Specify threat alert levels at which default action should not be taken when detected" to "Enabled". Select the "Show…" option box and enter "4" in the "Value name" field and enter "2" in the "Value" field.
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