Microsoft Defender for EndPoint: Blog Series #1

One of the most challenging applications in today’s environment is that of malware. As computer users are moving to more sophisticated layers of protection, cyber criminals are finding ways to use older vulnerabilities. One way they’ve done this is by using the Internet Explorer browser. This leads me onto my latest blog post series on Microsoft Defender for EndPoint: The Ultimate Blog Series for Windows. In this series, I will be presenting a comprehensive review of Defender for EndPoint. You’ll learn about its products, software solutions and other components that come along with it.

What is Microsoft Defender for EndPoint?

Microsoft Defender for Endpoint is an endpoint security software meant to assist users in preventing, detecting, looking into, and responding to sophisticated threats. Numerous parts, different licensing terms, and added security are all features of Defender for Endpoint. Defender for Endpoint was previously restricted to Windows only. MacOS, Android, iOS, Linux, and Windows are now all included in the Defender for Endpoint stack. Now, the product also includes unmanaged network devices. With the introduction of the new unified agent, all versions, including Server 2012R2, Server 2016, and higher, now have access to more functionality.

To gather and process behavioral signals from the OS, it makes use of endpoint behavioral sensors that are integrated into Windows 10, Windows 11, and Server 2019+. All technical details for additional OS versions will be covered in the blog series.Additionally using cloud security analytics, Defender for Endpoint transforms behavioral signals into insights, detections, and responses.

Microsoft Defender Products

There are two methods for buying Microsoft Defender for Endpoint. P1 is the fundamental collection of skills with a prevention-related focus. Endpoint detection and response (EDR), automation investigation (AIR), incident response, and threat and vulnerability management are all features that Defender for Endpoint P2 delivers (TVM). Defense for Endpoint Plans Comparison | Microsoft Docs

A large portion of the infrastructure, data schemas, and user interface of Defender for Endpoint are shared with the Microsoft 365 Defender product suite as a whole. In the first section, more specific information will be explained.

Defender for Endpoint directly integrates with various Microsoft solutions, including:

  • Microsoft Defender for Cloud
  • Microsoft Sentinel
  • Intune/ MEM
  • Microsoft Defender for Cloud Apps
  • Microsoft Defender for Identity
  • Microsoft Defender for Office
  • And more….

Endpoint Defender and related components

The Microsoft 365 Defender product line includes Microsoft Defender for Endpoint. There are numerous components that are a part of Defender for Endpoint that can be used to expand the overall security posture. Attack Surface reduction and next-generation defense are increasingly crucial for defending against present and potential threats.

  • Microsoft Defender Antivirus / Next-generation protection
  • Microsoft Defender SmartScreen
  • Attack Surface reduction
    • HW-based isolation
    • Exploit protection
    • Network protection
    • Controlled folder access
    • Device control
    • Web protection
    • Ransomware protection
    • Attack Surface reduction rules
    • Application control
  • Windows Defender Credential Guard
  • Tamper Protection
  • Microsoft Defender for Endpoint
  • And much more….

Do you have a specific query or content idea for Defender for Endpoint? Get in touch with us at Bytes Ahead Limited.

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