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    Introducing Microsoft Defender for Business

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    Confidential data is one of the most important assets of any organization. Effective workplace and advanced information security prevent you from additional cost, reputational damage, and other expenses that can impact your company in case of security breach.

    What is Microsoft Defender for Business?

    Since security has become more important than ever, especially among small and medium-sized businesses, Microsoft has invested in security solutions designed to protect them from sophisticated cyber-attacks. In March 2022, Microsoft introduced Defender for Business, that is now available within Microsoft 365 Business Premium, and Standalone solution in preview.

    Microsoft Defender for Business, a new cost-effective endpoint security solution built to help companies run their businesses in the new hybrid work environment. You can easily use it to protect your organization against cyber threats across Windows, macOS, iOS, and Android devices. Microsoft Defender for Business offers security policies activated out-of-the-box as well as simplified client configuration together with threat and vulnerability management, automated investigation, and remediation. 

    Introducing Microsoft Defender for Business

    What are the capabilities of Microsoft Defender for Business?

    Microsoft Defender for Business is specifically built for companies with up to 300 employees to help them better protect their business. It is an easy-to-use solution that brings together enterprise-grade endpoint security capabilities:

    • Attack surface reduction minimizes the level of cyber-attacks across your devices and apps.
    • Threat and vulnerability management helps you detect and remediate software vulnerabilities.
    • Next-generation protection offers antimalware and antivirus protection—on your devices and in the cloud.
    • Endpoint detection and response (EDR) allows you to discover persistent threats and remove them from your environment. 
    • Automated investigation and remediation examine alerts, prioritize tasks, and help you focus on more sophisticated threats.
    • APIs and integration enable you to automate workflows and integrate security data into your existing security platforms and reporting tools.

    Introducing Microsoft Defender for Business

    What is the difference between Microsoft Defender for Business and Microsoft Defender for Endpoint?

    Defender for Business brings the enterprise-grade capabilities of Defender for Endpoint to small and medium-sized businesses. Microsoft Defender for Endpoint (Previously Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection) is an enterprise endpoint security platform designed to help enterprise networks prevent, detect, investigate, and respond to advanced threats. It is a comprehensive security solution for Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, iOS, and even network devices, such as routers. Defender for Endpoint offers vulnerability management, endpoint protection, endpoint detection and response (EDR), mobile threat defense, and managed hunting all in a single, unified platform. Microsoft Defender for Endpoint offers post-breach detection, automated investigation, and response for devices in your organization. It is available in two plans, Defender for Endpoint Plan 1 and Plan 2.

    Microsoft Defender for Endpoint Plan 1 (P1) is available as a standalone user subscription license for commercial and education customers. It is also included as part of Microsoft 365 E3/A3.

    Microsoft Defender for Endpoint Plan 2 (P2) is available as a standalone license and as part of the following plans:

    • Windows 11 Enterprise E5/A5.
    • Windows 10 Enterprise E5/A5.
    • Microsoft 365 E5/A5/G5 (which includes Windows 10 or Windows 11 Enterprise E5).
    • Microsoft 365 E5/A5/G5/F5 Security.
    • Microsoft 365 F5 Security & Compliance.

    Both Defender for Business and Defender for Endpoint provide strong threat protection capabilities for your company's endpoints. Defender for Business has basically the same functionality of Defender for Endpoint P1. One of the most distinguishing factors between Defender for Business and Defender for Endpoint is that Defender for Business was specifically designed for small and medium-sized businesses (up to 300 employees). With a simplified configuration process and device onboarding options, Defender for Business enables customers who don't necessarily have a security background to set up, configure, and use Defender for Business to protect company devices.

    To learn more about the differences, see Compare Defender for Business to Defender for Endpoint Plans.

    What is the price for Microsoft Defender for Business?

    Microsoft Defender for Business is a cost-effective solution built to deliver maximum security value at a price point that works best for your business. Microsoft has designed this licensing model flexible and simple to help you easily onboard and manage endpoint security with low operational overhead. Microsoft Defender for Business is available for purchase:

    Microsoft Defender for Business allows you to quickly secure your devices with no special knowledge required. It helps you protect your endpoints on-premises, Microsoft 365, or other solution at an affordable price. You can buy Microsoft Defender for Business directly from our website or contact IT Partner Team for additional information.


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