The simplified configuration process in Microsoft Defender for Business

Microsoft Defender for Business features a simplified configuration process, designed especially for small and medium-sized businesses. This experience takes the guesswork out of onboarding and managing devices, with a wizard-like experience and default policies that are designed to protect your company's devices from day one. We recommend using the simplified configuration process; however, you're not limited to this option.

When it comes to onboarding devices and configuring security settings for your company's devices, you can choose from several experiences:

What to do

  1. Review your setup and configuration options
  2. Learn more about the simplified configuration process in Defender for Business
  3. Proceed to your next steps

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Review your setup and configuration options

The following table describes each experience:

Portal experience Description
The simplified configuration experience in the Microsoft 365 Defender portal (https://security.microsoft.com)
(This is the recommended option for most customers)
The simplified configuration experience includes a wizard-like experience to help you set up and configure Defender for Business. To learn more, see Use the wizard to set up Microsoft Defender for Business.

Simplified configuration also includes default security settings and policies to help you protect your company's devices as soon as they are onboarded to Defender for Business. You can view your default policies, and if necessary, edit your policies to suit your business needs. To learn more, see View or edit device policies in Microsoft Defender for Business.

With the simplified experience, your security team uses the Microsoft 365 Defender portal as a one-stop shop to:
- Set up and configure Defender for Business
- View and manage incidents
- Respond to and mitigate threats
- View reports
- Review pending or completed actions
The Microsoft Endpoint Manager admin center (https://endpoint.microsoft.com) Microsoft Intune is a cloud-based mobile device management (MDM) and mobile application management (MAM) provider for apps and devices. Intune is not included in the standalone version of Defender for Business; however, Microsoft 365 Business Premium includes Intune.

If you're already using Intune, you can use the Endpoint Manager admin center to manage devices, such as mobile phones, tablets, and laptops. See Microsoft Intune: Device management.

Why we recommend using the simplified configuration process

We recommend using the simplified configuration process in Microsoft Defender for Business for most customers.

  • The simplified configuration process is streamlined especially for small and medium-sized businesses.
  • Defender for Business doesn't require deep technical expertise or special knowledge.
  • With default security settings and policies, your devices are protected as soon as they're onboarded.
  • The streamlined experience in the Microsoft 365 Defender portal makes it simple to onboard devices and manage them.
  • Default policies are included so that your company's devices are protected as soon as they're onboarded.
  • You can keep your default settings as they are, or make changes to suit your business needs.
  • You can add new, custom policies to suit your business needs.

Next steps