Protection Updates Delay overview

Document created by bgoddard Employee on Aug 22, 2019Last modified by bgoddard Employee on Nov 4, 2019
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Protection Updates Delay enables Malwarebytes Cloud administrators to specify how long a Protection Updates version must be publicly available before endpoints are allowed to download it. Enabling this feature gives your systems a buffer, allowing them more time before updating to the latest version.



Your endpoints check in during system startup, before every scan, and at times set by the Protection Updates feature in the Malwarebytes Cloud console. When endpoints check in with Malwarebytes servers for protection updates, the Protection Update Delay feature first verifies if the update is older than the delay time set in the Policy.


Note: This feature is available for Windows endpoints only.


How Protection Updates Delay interacts with Protection Updates

By default, the Malwarebytes Cloud console sets every endpoint to check into Malwarebytes servers every 1 hour for Protection Updates. If you turn on Protection Updates Delay for 1 hour, endpoints check in with our servers hourly, but any updates less than an hour old will not be downloaded. In short, your endpoints will download Protection Updates every hour, but each of those updates will be more than 1 hour old.


Important: Delays between Protection Updates may reduce the risk of encountering a false positive but increase vulnerability to zero-day threats. We recommend you assess your security posture before choosing to delay updates.


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