On November 28 (yesterday), the new Firmware Assessments feature in Microsoft Defender Vulnerability Management was announced as being available in Public Preview. Read more about the announcement here: Firmware assessments in Microsoft Defender Vulnerability Management
The license requirements are too often clear as mud, but it seems to work just fine with a regular Microsoft 365 E5 license. Upon logging into the Microsoft 365 Defender portal (https://security.microsoft.com ) and navigating to Vulnerability management / Inventories, I was greeted with the message: The new Microsoft Defender Vulnerability Management add-on has been turned on for all devices, including servers, in your organization.
Onboarding a few devices
I quickly onboarded a few devices, and while the quickly showed up under devices, complete with inventory and all, it required a reboot of the machines for the Hardware & Firmware info to be populated. Could be a coincidence too, but gut feeling says no 🙂
Sure enough, since I knew that some of the Dell machines haven't had their BIOS updated in a while, they got flagged for not being secure.