As working from anywhere and everywhere becomes increasingly easier, so do cyberthreats.
To protect yourself and your company data, and ensure that your data is secure, you can use Microsoft Defender for Office 365, formerly Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection (ATP).
This article outlines what Microsoft 365 Defender is and how it can protect your business.
Microsoft 365 Defender security is a cloud-based cybersecurity service offered by Microsoft and designed to protect Office 365 (now Microsoft 365) users.
Microsoft 365 Defender protects an enterprise's email messages and Office 365 resources.
Generally, Microsoft 365 Defender is a unified pre- and post-breach enterprise cybersecurity defense suite that can be used by small and medium-sized businesses.
The goal of Microsoft 365 Defender is to provide integrated threat protection against malware and sophisticated attacks.
Essentially, Defender for Office 365 targets malicious threats that can occur through the email and use of Microsoft 365.
The security service is connected to a Microsoft database that analyzes an enterprise's endpoints and correspondence and evaluates the likelihood of a text, file, or link being a potential malware.
Microsoft 365 Defender has three primary security services (or products) in every subscription type:
To protect your business, the Defender for Office 365 security service includes:
This enterprise endpoint security platform helps enterprise networks detect, prevent, investigate, and respond to advanced threats.
Set the appropriate threat protection level for your organization.
These leading-edge tools help investigate, simulate, understand, and prevent threats.
Real-time reports monitor Defender for Office 365's performance within the organization.
Automate threat investigation to save time and effort and help you mitigate threats early.
Microsoft Defender for Office 365 shows the precise location in the attack chain where the incident's contributing activities occurred through these capabilities.
For instance, these activities could highlight defense evasion, persistence, or lateral movement.
This allows you to see the issue's severity, and you can act accordingly.
The entire Defender for Office 365 services process involves an emphasis goal that looks like this:
Protect > Detect > Investigate > Respond
All plans (EOP, MDO P1, and MDO P2) can conduct any of the goals of enterprise security breach protecting, detecting, investigating, and responding, but each has a core goal:
The structure Defender for Office 365 protection is cumulative.
When you're configuring the product, it's essential to start with standalone Exchange online protection (EOP) as you move to Defender for Office 365 P1 and P2.
Office 365 E3, or below, comes with EOP security and an option to acquire and upgrade to a standalone Defender for Office 365 P1.
Office 365 E5 comes with Defender for Office 365 P2, which includes EOP and MDO P1.
If you or your security team are new to Defender for Office 365, you should know that Microsoft Defender for Office 365 automatically turns on when eligible customers who have the required permissions visit the service portal.
To turn on Microsoft Office 365 Defender, follow these steps:
If support services are not enabled, stay on the left pane, then:
You can do the same for other service policies on your subscription.
Microsoft 365 Defender has an indirect pricing structure.
It charges most services per user in hours or per month.
Microsoft also included the prices in the Microsoft 365 plans.
The Microsoft Defender for Cloud is a free service for the first 30 days. After that, it's charged as per the pricing structure below:
You can access Microsoft 365 Defender even if you don't have a Microsoft 365 subscription.
Microsoft's Windows Defender, as currently offered, isn't good enough.
Although it comes closer to competing with third-party security suites, it still lacks essential features that a great security suite should provide.
It ranks detection rates of top anti-malware competitors in malware detection, takes longer to scan, causes more PC slowdown, and severely lacks security features compared to top antivirus and security suites.
So, using Windows Defender as a standalone security suite may still leave you vulnerable to advanced threats.
You can combine it with premium internet security suites like Microsoft Defender for Office 365.
Overall, we recommend that you ensure that your business/organization is cyber-secure by enabling Microsoft Defender for Office 365.
You cannot depend on Windows Defender alone for your cloud protection.
Select the right plan for your business needs from the available options for a better outcome.
To get started, confer with a trusted IT cybersecurity and support partner like Integrity Technology Solutions to help you understand how your business can integrate Microsoft Defender for Office 365.
You could also assess your company’s data security status by downloading this free data security checklist to help you understand your business' security posture and where you might need help.