Microsoft Defender for Business - the guardian angel of your company

Author: Helen Neudorf Time: 01.06.2022

Over the past year, the importance of cybersecurity has skyrocketed. Viruses and other cyberattacks are evolving faster and faster. Ransomware attacks have increased by 300% in the last year, with more than 50% targeted at small businesses. The commercialization of cybercrime has led to an increase in the frequency and sophistication of attacks on small and medium-sized businesses (SMB). For smaller businesses this type of impact can be hard to manage with potential financial, operational, and customer trust implications. 

  • 61% of small businesses that experienced a recent cyberattack were not able to operate.
  • 60% of SMBs lack skills inhouse to deal with cyberattacks.
  • 90% of SMBs would consider hiring a new MSP (managed service provider) if they offered the right cybersecurity solution.
  • The average cost of SMB data breach is 100 000€

Microsoft 365 Business Premium

Microsoft 365 Business Premium offers many different security features which help to maximize company’s security level:

Microsoft Intune

Manage PCs, Macs, Android and iOS devices

Gets endpoint security, device management, and intelligent cloud actions in a unified management platform with Microsoft Intune and Configuration Manager. Helps secure, deploy, and manage all users, apps, and devices without disruption to existing processes.

Information Protection

Collaborate knowing your data is protected

Azure Information Protection for Microsoft 365 protects important information from unauthorized access, enforces policies that improve data security, and helps enable secure collaboration. 

         Conditional Access

Set and manage access controls

Conditional Access is a capability of Azure Active Directory that enables you to enforce controls on the access to apps in your environment, all based on specific conditions and managed from a central location.

        Windows Virtual Desktop

Work flexibly, where you want
Access Windows 10 desktops on any device, from anywhere. Provide employees a great virtualized experience with the only solution fully optimized for Windows 10 and Office 365. 

        Defender for Business

Protect your corporate and employee personal devices

Prevent and protect against device threats with antimalware, antivirus, ransomware mitigation, web & network protection and more. Prioritize and focus on the weaknesses that pose the most urgent and the highest risk to your business. Get behavioral-based alerts and automate detection, investigation and remediation

        Defender for O365

Protect your email from external threats

Microsoft Defender for Office 365 offers a comprehensive solution to protect your organsiation and employees from advanced, targeted and zero-day phishing, malware and business email compromise attacks.

        Cloud App Security

Keeping all your cloud services secure

Identify and combat cyberthreats across all your cloud services with Microsoft Cloud App Security, a cloud access security broker (CASB) that provides multifunction visibility, control over data travel, and sophisticated analytics.

   Microsoft Defender for Business

Microsoft Defender for Business – an enterprise-grade endpoint security to business with up to 300 employees in a simple and cost-effective solution. 
You can use Defender for Business to elevate your security from traditional antivirus to next-gen antivirus protection, endpoint detection and response, and threat and vulnerability management. It offers simplified configuration and management with intelligent automated investigation and response to help protect your endpoints.
Defender for Business brings together additional endpoint security capabilities in one package to remove the need for separate web and network protection, threat, and vulnerability management solutions. It’s proactive automated investigation and response mean that IT administrators can prioritize only on security events that need their attention.  

For IT service providers, Microsoft 365 Lighthouse will add alerts and incidents from Defender for Business providing a view of security events across multiple customers, with additional management controls coming. 
Microsoft Defender for Business will be available to customers as a standalone solution, and it will be included within Microsoft 365 Business Premium.

And the best part is that Microsoft Defender for Business will be included in Microsoft 365 Business Premium at no additional cost. It’s E5 security value being added to Microsoft 365 Business Premium.  With this addition, Microsoft 365 Business Premium really offers an unparalleled and comprehensive suite for SMB needs - from Teams and Office to enterprise-grade security with Defender for Business for endpoint/device protection against ransomware and other malware. It’s a great value in a simple, easy to use package vs. going for point solutions which can cost you double the price in many cases.

With Defender for Business, you can help protect the devices and data your business uses with many different features.

Enterprise-grade protection

Security for all your devices with next-gen protection, endpoint detection and response, and threat and vulnerability management.

Easy to use

Streamline onboarding with wizard-driven set up and recommended security policies activated out-of-the-box to quickly secure devices. 


Endpoint security that keeps you productive and works with your IT without compromising budget.


Licensing Options:

  • 1. As standalone License, up to 300 users

Entitlement for use on up to 5 devices

  • 2. Included as part of Microsoft 365 Business Premium, up to 300 users.

This is generally available as of March 1, 2022. 

Find more information about Microsoft Defender for Business here.


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Source: Microsoft