UPDATE 2nd May 2022. Microsoft Defender for Business is now generally available. Please see New endpoint security for small and medium businesses now available with Defender for Business. - Mi...
Security remains one of the biggest concerns and most challenging responsibilities facing businesses today. With a rise in cyberattacks targeting small and medium-sized businesses, threats are becoming increasingly automated and indiscriminate, and striking at a significantly higher rate. In the last year, we’ve seen a 300% increase in ransomware attacks with over 50% reaching small businesses1. To address this, Microsoft is investing in security solutions purposefully designed to help protect them.
We’re excited to introduce Microsoft Defender for Business, a new endpoint security solution that’s now generally available within Microsoft 365 Business Premium, and Standalone solution in preview. Microsoft Defender for Business is specially built to bring enterprise-grade endpoint security to businesses with up to 300 employees, in a solution that is easy-to-use and cost-effective.
Let’s look at Defender for Business in more detail.
Today's top security threats are extortion or disruption from ransomware. Your business needs increased protection from these and other threats at an affordable price, so you can have peace of mind.
Defender for Business elevates security from traditional antivirus to next-generation protection, endpoint detection and response, threat and vulnerability management, and more. It offers simplified configuration and management with intelligent, automated investigation and remediation. Defender for Business helps you to protect against cybersecurity threats including malware and ransomware across Windows, macOS, iOS, and Android devices.
We’re bringing capabilities from our industry-leading Microsoft Defender for Endpoint solution and optimizing them for businesses with up to 300 employees.
Defender for Business will include the following capabilities:
No specialist security knowledge is required to install and manage Defender for Business. It offers streamlined experiences that guide you to action with recommendations and insights into the security of your endpoints. It allows you to secure endpoints with less complexity and fewer gaps that can be exploited by bad actors.
The product includes simplified client configuration with wizard-driven set up and recommended security policies activated out-of-the-box, allowing you to quickly secure devices. Easy-to-use management controls and actionable insights help you to save time and prioritize tasks.
Defender for Business is designed to deliver maximum security value at a price point that works for your business. The simplicity of it allows you to onboard and manage endpoint security with low operational overhead, and less burden to learn complex cybersecurity concepts to get your business secured.
Defender for Business protects your endpoints whether your email and productivity are on-premises, Microsoft 365, or other solution. So, we’ve made the licensing model flexible and simple. Upon general availability, you will be able to buy direct from Microsoft and via Microsoft Partner Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) channels. It will be available for purchase:
If you are an IT partner serving small and medium-sized businesses, you can use Microsoft 365 Lighthouse to secure your customers at scale. Microsoft 365 Lighthouse integration with Defender for Business gives you a view of security incidents and alerts across customers onboarded into Lighthouse. Additional management capabilities for Defender for Business in Lighthouse are also on the roadmap.
We are excited to introduce you to Microsoft Defender for Business and deliver these powerful endpoint security capabilities to help you secure your business.
Preview will launch with an initial set of scenarios to test and we will be rolling out to customers and partners in phases, adding new capabilities regularly. You can learn more about the about the preview experience and sign-up process for customers and partners in the latest blog.
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