How Microsoft Defender is helping businesses beat cybercrime 

60% of Small and Medium Businesses (SMBs) admit they do not feel confident handling cyber-attacks due to the complexities of understanding cybersecurity solutions. But where does this lack of confidence stem from?

Most people are well-versed in the severity of security breaches and know what to expect as a threat but need-more knowledge when it comes to the solutions available to defend themselves.

Cybercriminals are well-known to exploit weaknesses in networks, processes, and devices to steal data and assets, harming both operations and reputations. Faced with consequences like these, businesses can feel intimidated by the scale of the task of protecting themselves.

However, putting effective security in place is not as complex as it seems. The answers lie in gaining comprehensive knowledge to understand and utilise the correct solutions to create a cybersecurity defence easily. Robust protections and processes can be put in place without feeling overwhelming or distracting from the day’s business.

Take your security to the next level and better protect your customers from ransomware, malware, phishing, and other threats across all platforms on Windows PCs, Macs, Androids or iPhones with Microsoft Defender.

Leverage the power of Microsoft to prevent and detect attacks across your identities, endpoints, apps, email, data, and cloud apps with XDR capabilities. Investigate and respond to attacks with out-of-the-box, best-in-class protection. Hunt for threats and easily coordinate your response from a single dashboard.

Powerful and flexible, Microsoft’s solutions provide the horsepower for numerous cloud services through processing frameworks such as Azure and expansive suites such as Microsoft 365.

Solutions developed with Managed Service Providers (MSPs) at the forefront to suit a wide range of business needs…

Microsoft 365 Defender for Endpoint Plan 1

Microsoft 365 Defender for Endpoint Plan 1 encompasses next-generation protection (including antimalware and antivirus), attack surface reduction, manual response actions, security reports and APIs, all from one centrally managed solution across Windows 10 iOS, Android OS, and macOS devices.

Microsoft 365 Defender for Endpoint Plan 2

Microsoft 365 Defender for Endpoint Plan 2 boasts all Defender for Endpoint Plan 1 capability, plus device discovery and inventory, core Defender Vulnerability Management capabilities, integrated threat analytics, automated investigation and response, advanced hunting, endpoint detection and response, and more supporting Windows (client only) and non-Windows platforms (macOS, iOS, Android, and Linux).

Microsoft Defender for Business: a comprehensive, robust solution

Microsoft Defender for Business brings enterprise-grade security to small businesses. It helps prevent ransomware, malware, next-generation antivirus, phishing and more to meet every type of cybersecurity need.

Designed especially for SMBs (up to 300 employees), it protects all devices and systems, whether using Windows, macOS, Android or iOS. It’s easy to deploy and comprehensive in its protection.

Microsoft Defender for Business features:

  • Threat and vulnerability management
  • Attack surface reduction
  • Next-generation protection
  • Endpoint detection and response
  • Automated investigation and response

Upgrades make Defender easy to implement

Microsoft Defender for Endpoint solutions are included in Microsoft 365 Business Premium via Defender for Business and Microsoft 365 E3 and E5 with Defender for Endpoint Plan 1 and 2 respectively. This makes implementation easy with a straightforward upgrade – removing the need to scout around for a stand-alone solution.

The following table compares security features and capabilities in Defender for Business to the enterprise offerings:

Microsoft Defender Table

Microsoft’s Endpoint protection solutions provide partners with a myriad of opportunities and benefits:

  • Increased security and reduced risk – AI-powered automation rapidly protects, detects, and responds to threats.
  • Grow revenue and reduce costs – build new, higher-margin, standardised endpoint security services with reduced operational costs and overheads.
  • Engage new customers and harness upselling opportunities – Microsoft Defender for Business can be an entry point for new customers, enabling partners to upsell the broader Microsoft portfolio.
  • Integration with Microsoft 365 Lighthouse – Microsoft Defender for Business and the Enterprise offerings integrate with Microsoft 365 Lighthouse, an admin portal that MSPs can use to secure and manage devices, data, and users at scale.
  • Vendor Consolidation – reduce costs and complexity by consolidating your customer’s 3rd party endpoint solutions into the Microsoft 365 suite.

Microsoft security solutions form a unified defence suite that natively integrate across endpoint, identity, email, and applications to detect, prevent, investigate, and automatically respond to sophisticated attacks. This security offering is sophisticated enough behind the scenes to handle all forms of attack but simple for partners to integrate into their working practices easily and efficiently.

intY equips partners with a wide range of vendors to offer the best-in-class solutions that support both the security needs of an organisation (protecting devices, networks, and assets) and its operational functions.

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