Microsoft Defender for Business now available as standalone product

Microsoft’s endpoint security solution, Microsoft Defender for Business, is now generally available to SMBs worldwide

Microsoft Defender for Business was already included in Microsoft 365 Enterprise PremiumMicrosoft’s solution for companies with up to 300 employees.

Server support for the new offering will arrive later this year, according to Microsoft.

What does Microsoft Defender for Business offer?

The company claims that Microsoft Defender for Business provides protection against a wide variety of cyber threat types, including phishing, malwareand Ransomware attacks on Windows, macOS, iOS and Android devices.

Available initially for Windows desktops only, this includes features that help organizations prioritize the most pressing risks to their organization, minimize attack surfaces, provide endpoint detection, as well as investigation and automated correction.

“Microsoft believes in security for everyone,” said Vasu Jakkal, CVP, Security, Compliance and Identity at Microsoft. “We are proud to deliver on that vision today.”

“With Defender for Business AG, SMBs will get better protection with simplified security to help them better protect, detect and respond to threats.

Microsoft Defender for Business also integrates with Microsoft 365 Lighthouse, a tool that became generally available in March 2022 and enables Microsoft cloud service providers to view security incidents across tenants in a unified portal.

Customers can purchase a standalone license for the product now for $3 per month per user from Microsoft or one of Microsoft’s Cloud Solution Provider Partner (CSP) channels.

The news comes shortly after research suggested that many SMBs may be dropping the metaphorical ball when it comes to cybersecurity.

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A survey of UK IT decision makers in Germany found that more than a quarter of employees (27%) admitted be more lax with their IT security after switching to working from home.

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