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Defender options with M365 A3 licensing

Copper Contributor

We are an educational institution in Asia. We are early days on implementing Microsoft InTune and Defender to better monitor our end user device status.

We are licensed as Microsoft M365 A3 for Faculty.

This license includes the following components that may have implications for implementing better security:

  • Azure Active Directory Premium P1
  • Azure Information Protection Premium P1
  • Information Protection and Governance Analytics – Standard
  • Information Protection for Office 365 – Standard
  • Microsoft Defender for Cloud Apps Discovery
  • Microsoft Defender for Endpoint Plan 1
  • Office 365 Cloud App Security

Before digging into what could be done with the M365 Admin toolbox (Defender as the apparent successor to Security). I'd like guidance as to what features in Defender are available under an A3 license? (Don't want to use up time going down roads that will be blocked).


Thanks one and all.

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@Dan-Hudkins - you will get the following capabilities for Defender for Endpoint plan 1 as it a part of Microsoft 365 E3/A3.

- Next-generation protection that includes industry-leading, robust antimalware and antivirus protection

- Manual response actions, such as sending a file to quarantine, that your security team can take on devices or files when threats are detected

- Attack surface reduction capabilities that harden devices, prevent zero-day attacks, and offer granular control over endpoint access and behaviors

- Centralized configuration and management with the Microsoft 365 Defender portal and integration with Microsoft Endpoint Manager

- Protection for a variety of platforms, including Windows, macOS, iOS, and Android devices