Microsoft Defender for Endpoint

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Microsoft Defender for Endpoint is an enterprise endpoint security platform designed to help enterprise networks prevent, detect, investigate, and respond to advanced threats.

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Soon, Microsoft Defender for Endpoint will be available in two plans. This article describes the features and capabilities that are included in Microsoft Defender for Endpoint Plan 2. Learn more about Microsoft Defender for Endpoint Plan 1 (preview) and Plan 2.

Defender for Endpoint uses the following combination of technology built into Windows 10 and Microsoft's robust cloud service:

  • Endpoint behavioral sensors: Embedded in Windows 10, these sensors collect and process behavioral signals from the operating system and send this sensor data to your private, isolated, cloud instance of Microsoft Defender for Endpoint.

  • Cloud security analytics: Leveraging big-data, device-learning, and unique Microsoft optics across the Windows ecosystem, enterprise cloud products (such as Office 365), and online assets, behavioral signals are translated into insights, detections, and recommended responses to advanced threats.

  • Threat intelligence: Generated by Microsoft hunters, security teams, and augmented by threat intelligence provided by partners, threat intelligence enables Defender for Endpoint to identify attacker tools, techniques, and procedures, and generate alerts when they are observed in collected sensor data.

Microsoft Defender for Endpoint

Threat & Vulnerability Management
Threat & Vulnerability Management
Attack surface reduction
Attack surface reduction
Next-generation protection
Next-generation protection
Endpoint detection and response
Endpoint detection and response
Automated investigation and remediation
Automated investigation and remediation
Microsoft Threat Experts
Microsoft Threat Experts
Centralized configuration and administration, APIs
Microsoft 365 Defender

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Threat & Vulnerability Management

This built-in capability uses a game-changing risk-based approach to the discovery, prioritization, and remediation of endpoint vulnerabilities and misconfigurations.

Attack surface reduction

The attack surface reduction set of capabilities provides the first line of defense in the stack. By ensuring configuration settings are properly set and exploit mitigation techniques are applied, the capabilities resist attacks and exploitation. This set of capabilities also includes network protection and web protection, which regulate access to malicious IP addresses, domains, and URLs.

Next-generation protection

To further reinforce the security perimeter of your network, Microsoft Defender for Endpoint uses next-generation protection designed to catch all types of emerging threats.

Endpoint detection and response

Endpoint detection and response capabilities are put in place to detect, investigate, and respond to advanced threats that may have made it past the first two security pillars. Advanced hunting provides a query-based threat-hunting tool that lets you proactively find breaches and create custom detections.

Automated investigation and remediation

In conjunction with being able to quickly respond to advanced attacks, Microsoft Defender for Endpoint offers automatic investigation and remediation capabilities that help reduce the volume of alerts in minutes at scale.

Microsoft Secure Score for Devices

Defender for Endpoint includes Microsoft Secure Score for Devices to help you dynamically assess the security state of your enterprise network, identify unprotected systems, and take recommended actions to improve the overall security of your organization.

Microsoft Threat Experts

Microsoft Defender for Endpoint's new managed threat hunting service provides proactive hunting, prioritization, and additional context and insights that further empower Security operation centers (SOCs) to identify and respond to threats quickly and accurately.

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Defender for Endpoint customers need to apply for the Microsoft Threat Experts managed threat hunting service to get proactive Targeted Attack Notifications and to collaborate with experts on demand. Experts on Demand is an add-on service. Targeted Attack Notifications are always included after you have been accepted into Microsoft Threat Experts managed threat hunting service.

If you are not enrolled yet and would like to experience its benefits, go to Settings > General > Advanced features > Microsoft Threat Experts to apply. Once accepted, you will get the benefits of Targeted Attack Notifications, and start a 90-day trial of Experts on Demand. Contact your Microsoft representative to get a full Experts on Demand subscription.

Centralized configuration and administration, APIs

Integrate Microsoft Defender for Endpoint into your existing workflows.

Integration with Microsoft solutions

Defender for Endpoint directly integrates with various Microsoft solutions, including:

  • Microsoft Defender for Cloud
  • Microsoft Sentinel
  • Intune
  • Microsoft Defender for Cloud Apps
  • Microsoft Defender for Identity
  • Microsoft Defender for Office
  • Skype for Business

Microsoft 365 Defender

With Microsoft 365 Defender, Defender for Endpoint and various Microsoft security solutions form a unified pre- and post-breach enterprise defense suite that natively integrates across endpoint, identity, email, and applications to detect, prevent, investigate, and automatically respond to sophisticated attacks.

Training for security analysts

With this learning path from Microsoft Learn, you can understand Defender for Endpoint and how it can help prevent, detect, investigate, and respond to threats across your organization's endpoints – your devices and systems.

Training: Detect and respond to cyber attacks with Microsoft 365 Defender
Microsoft 365 Defender training icon. Defender for Endpoint is an endpoint security solution that offers vulnerability management, endpoint protection, endpoint detection and response, mobile threat defense, and managed services in a single, unified platform.

2 hr 25 min - Learning Path - 9 Modules