Microsoft 365 Defender prerequisites

Important

Welcome to Microsoft 365 Defender, the new name for Microsoft Threat Protection. Read more about this and other updates here.

Applies to:

  • Microsoft 365 Defender

Learn about licensing and other requirements for provisioning and using Microsoft 365 Defender.

Licensing requirements

Any of these licenses gives you access to Microsoft 365 Defender features in Microsoft 365 security center without additional cost:

  • Microsoft 365 E5 or A5
  • Microsoft 365 E5 Security or A5 Security
  • Windows 10 Enterprise E5 or A5
  • Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS) E5 or A5
  • Office 365 E5 or A5
  • Microsoft Defender for Endpoint
  • Microsoft Defender for Identity
  • Microsoft Cloud App Security
  • Defender for Office 365 (Plan 2)

Note

Trial licenses for Office 365 currently do not provide access to Microsoft 365 Defender.

For more information, view the Microsoft 365 Enterprise service plans.

Don't have license yet? Try or buy a Microsoft 365 subscription

Check your existing licenses

Go to Microsoft 365 admin center (admin.microsoft.com) to view your existing licenses. In the admin center, go to Billing > Licenses.

Note

You need to be assigned either the Billing admin or Global reader role in Azure AD to be able to see license information. If you encounter access problems, contact a global admin.

Required permissions

You must be a global administrator or a security administrator in Azure Active Directory to turn on Microsoft 365 Defender. For the list of roles required to use Microsoft 365 Defender and information on how access to data is regulated, read about managing access to Microsoft 365 Defender.

Browser requirements

Access Microsoft 365 Defender in the Microsoft 365 security center using Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer 11, or any HTML 5 compliant web browser.

Availability to US GCC, GCC High, and other US government institutions

Currently, Microsoft 365 Defender is not available to:

  • US Government Community Cloud (GCC)
  • US Government Community Cloud High (GCC High)
  • US Department of Defense
  • All US government institutions with commercial licenses