Microsoft Defender for Business is now in preview, and will roll out gradually to customers and IT Partners who sign-up here to request it. We will onboard an initial set of customers and partners in the coming weeks and will expand the preview leading up to general availability. Note that preview will launch with an initial set of scenarios, and we will be adding capabilities regularly.
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Microsoft offers a wide variety cloud solutions and services, including several different plans for small and medium-sized businesses. For example, Microsoft 365 Business Premium includes security and device management capabilities, along with productivity features, like Office apps.
Use this article to:
- Compare Microsoft Defender for Business (preview) to Microsoft 365 Business Premium
- Compare Defender for Business to Microsoft Defender for Endpoint enterprise offerings
You don’t have to have a Microsoft 365 subscription to buy and use Microsoft Defender for Business (preview). Microsoft Defender for Business (preview) is a standalone security solution for small and medium-sized businesses. If you do already have another subscription (such as Microsoft 365 Business Basic or Standard), consider adding Microsoft Defender for Business to get additional threat protection capabilities.
If your company is a small or medium-sized business (300 or fewer users) and you would like to sign up for the Microsoft Defender for Business preview program, visit https://aka.ms/MDB-Preview. To learn more, see Get Microsoft Defender for Business.
Compare security features in Microsoft Defender for Business to Microsoft 365 Business Premium
This article is intended to provide a high-level overview of threat protection features included in Microsoft Defender for Business (preview) and Microsoft 365 Business Premium. This article is not intended to serve as a service description or licensing contract document. For more information, see Microsoft 365 licensing guidance for security & compliance
The following table compares security features and capabilities in Defender for Business to Microsoft 365 Business Premium while Defender for Business is in preview. When Defender for Business becomes generally available, it will be included in Microsoft 365 Business Premium.
|Feature/Capability||Microsoft Defender for Business (preview)||Microsoft 365 Business Premium|
|Email protection||Yes (email scanning in Microsoft Defender Antivirus)||Yes (Exchange Online Protection)|
|Antispam protection||Yes (for devices)||Yes (for Microsoft 365 email content, such as messages and attachments)|
|Antimalware protection||Yes (for devices)||Yes (for Microsoft 365 email content, such as messages and attachments)|
(antivirus and antimalware protection)
|Yes (Microsoft Defender Antivirus is included in Windows 10 and later)||Yes (Microsoft Defender Antivirus is included in Windows 10 and later)|
|Attack surface reduction
(attack surface reduction rules and other protection)
|Yes (Attack surface reduction rules built into Windows 10 and later, plus centrally managed capabilities)||Yes (Attack surface reduction rules built into Windows 10 and later)|
|Endpoint detection and response||Yes. Includes:
– Behavior-based detection
– Manual response actions
– Live response
|Automated investigation and response||Yes||No|
|Threat & vulnerability management||Yes||No|
|Centralized management and reporting||Yes. You can onboard Windows client devices and manage them in the Microsoft 365 Defender portal (https://security.microsoft.com), or choose to manage devices in Microsoft Endpoint Manager (https://endpoint.microsoft.com).||Yes. You can manage Windows client devices in the Microsoft 365 admin center (https://admin.microsoft.com). Devices must be onboarded in Microsoft Endpoint Manager (https://endpoint.microsoft.com).|
(enables you to integrate with custom apps or reporting solutions)
Compare Microsoft Defender for Business to Microsoft Defender for Endpoint Plans 1 and 2
Defender for Business (preview) brings enterprise-grade capabilities of Defender for Endpoint to small and medium-sized businesses. The following table compares security features and capabilities in Defender for Business (preview) to Microsoft Defender for Endpoint Plans 1 and 2.
|Feature/Capability||Defender for Business (preview)||Defender for Endpoint Plan 1||Defender for Endpoint Plan 2|
|Centralized management ||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Simplified client configuration||Yes||No||No|
|Threat & vulnerability management||Yes||No||Yes|
|Attack surface reduction capabilities||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Endpoint detection and response||Yes ||No||Yes|
|Automated investigation and response||Yes ||No||Yes|
|Threat hunting and 6 months of data retention||No||No||Yes|
|Threat analytics||Yes ||No||Yes|
(Windows, macOS, iOS, and Android OS)
|Microsoft Threat Experts||No||No||Yes|
|Microsoft 365 Lighthouse integration
(For viewing security incidents across customer tenants)
(3) During the preview program, Windows client devices are supported in the Microsoft 365 Defender portal (https://security.microsoft.com).