What is Microsoft Defender for Business?

Microsoft Defender for Business is a new endpoint security solution that was designed especially for the small and medium-sized business (up to 300 employees). With this endpoint security solution, your company's devices are better protected from ransomware, malware, phishing, and other threats.

This article describes what's included in Defender for Business, with links to learn more about these features and capabilities.

Video: Enterprise-grade protection for small and medium-sized businesses

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What's included with Defender for Business

Microsoft Defender for Business features and capabilities.

With Defender for Business, you can help protect the devices and data your business uses with:

  • Enterprise-grade security. Defender for Business brings powerful endpoint security capabilities from our industry-leading Microsoft Defender for Endpoint solution and optimizes those capabilities for IT administrators to support small and medium-sized businesses.

  • An easy-to-use security solution. Defender for Business offers streamlined experiences that guide you to action with recommendations and insights into the security of your endpoints. No specialized knowledge is required, because Defender for Business offers wizard-driven configuration and default security policies that are designed to help protect your company's devices from day one.

  • Flexibility for your environment. Defender for Business can work with your business environment, whether you're using Microsoft Intune or you're brand new to the Microsoft Cloud. Defender for Business works with components that are built into Windows, and with apps for macOS, iOS, and Android devices.

  • Integration with Microsoft 365 Lighthouse. If you're a Managed Service Provider (MSP) using Microsoft 365 Lighthouse, more capabilities are available. If your customers are using Microsoft 365 Business Premium together with Defender for Business, you can view security incidents and alerts across customer tenants that are onboarded to Microsoft 365 Lighthouse.

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