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Paul Gibbons, Cloud Services Sales Development Manager at Chess, discusses how businesses can be cyber secure with Microsoft Defender for Business: 

Microsoft Defender for Business
Microsoft Defender for Business

Cyber criminals are constantly looking for weaknesses to exploit and they will attack businesses regardless of their size. This means that even small to medium sized businesses need affordable enterprise-grade security to protect their systems, devices and data. That's where Microsoft Defender for Business comes in. 

What is Microsoft Defender for Business?

Microsoft Defender for Business (MDB) is Microsoft’s enterprise-grade endpoint security solution for businesses with up to 300 employees. Defender for Business brings together threat and vulnerability management, next-gen protection, endpoint detection and response, and automated investigation and remediation to help protect  endpoints from ransomware and other malware attacks.

Delivered in an easy-to-use, cost-effective package, Defender for Business removes the need for add-on solutions while providing cross-platform protection, including for Windows, iOS, Android, and Mac.

What is Microsoft 365 Business Premium?

Microsoft 365 Business Premium is our most comprehensive offer for small and medium businesses (customers between 1 – 300 users). Microsoft 365 Business Premium combines office productivity tools for collaboration with advanced security and management capabilities to enable remote access and protect identities, defend against cyberthreats and data loss, and secure devices, all in one package.

Five Business Benefits of Microsoft 365 Business Premium

The addition of Microsoft Defender for Business (MDB) brings cross-platform endpoint protection to Business Premium and sophisticated ransomware protection with enterprise -grade technologies like Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR).

How should I use Microsoft Defender for business value in Microsoft 365 Business Premium?

Microsoft 365 Business Premium is a complete and compelling all-in-one productivity and security offering for small and medium businesses. 

  • Teams and Office to enterprise-grade security with Defender for Business for endpoint/device protection against ransomware and other malware
  • Defender for Office 365 for email and collaboration protection against phishing and other cyberthreats
  • Intune for managing devices
  • Azure AD Premium Plan 1 for identity protection and helping enable secure remote access
  • Azure Information protection and DLP for data protection for sensitive data
  • Exchange Online Archiving
  • Azure Virtual desktop

Defender for Business further strengthens Business Premium’s existing offering by adding cross-platform endpoint protection with IOS, Android, Mac support and elevating endpoint security against sophisticated ransomware attacks through enterprise –grade technologies like Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR) and Automated Investigation and Remediation. 

Is Microsoft Defender Business available as a standalone subscription?

In addition to inclusion in Microsoft 365 Business Premium, Defender for Business is also available for purchase as a standalone.

If you already have Microsoft 365 subscriptions that don't include Microsoft Defender for Business, Customers will be able to attach Defender for Business to existing Microsoft 365 Subscriptions.

Non-Microsoft 365 customers like on-premises customers or Google Workspace customers will also be able to purchase the standalone Microsoft Defender Business Subscription.

If you have any questions on the Microsoft Defender for Business and Microsoft 365 Packages, or would like to know more, please get in touch and we would be happy to help.  

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Paul Gibbons

Paul Gibbons

Paul is an experienced telecoms & IT professional. He has a wealth of knowledge and understanding in legacy and emerging technologies, including Cloud Services, Software, Hardware and Networking.

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