Enterprise security teams can use Microsoft 365 Defender to monitor and assist in responding to alerts of potential advanced persistent threat activity or data breaches.
You can use Microsoft 365 Defender to:
- View, sort, and triage alerts from your endpoints
- Search for more information on observed indicators such as files and IP Addresses
- Change Microsoft Defender for Endpoint settings, including time zone and review licensing information
Microsoft 365 Defender
When you open the portal, you’ll see:
- (1) Navigation pane (select the horizontal lines at the top of the navigation pane to show or hide it)
- (2) Search, Community center, Localization, Help and support, Feedback
Malware related detections will only appear if your devices are using Microsoft Defender Antivirus as the default real-time protection antimalware product.
You can navigate through the portal using the menu options available in all sections. Refer to the following table for a description of each section.
|(1) Navigation pane||Use the navigation pane to move between Dashboards, Incidents, Devices list, Alerts queue, Automated investigations, Advanced hunting, Reports, Partners & APIs, Threat & Vulnerability Management, Evaluation and tutorials, Service health, Configuration management, and Settings. Select the horizontal lines at the top of the navigation pane to show or hide it.|
|Dashboards||Access the active automated investigations, active alerts, automated investigations statistics, devices at risk, users at risk, devices with sensor issues, service health, detection sources, and daily devices reporting dashboards.|
|Incidents||View alerts that have been aggregated as incidents.|
|Devices list||Displays the list of devices that are onboarded to Defender for Endpoint, some information about them, and their exposure and risk levels.|
|Alerts queue||View alerts generated from devices in your organizations.|
|Automated investigations||Displays automated investigations that have been conducted in the network, triggering alert, the status of each investigation and other details such as when the investigation started and the duration of the investigation.|
|Advanced hunting||Advanced hunting allows you to proactively hunt and investigate across your organization using a powerful search and query tool.|
|Reports||View graphs detailing threat protection, device health and compliance, web protection, and vulnerability.|
|Partners & APIs||View supported partner connections, which enhance the detection, investigation, and threat intelligence capabilities of the platform. You can also view connected applications, the API explorer, API usage overview, and data export settings.|
|Threat & Vulnerability management||View your Microsoft Secure Score for Devices, exposure score, exposed devices, vulnerable software, and take action on top security recommendations.|
|Evaluation and tutorials||Manage test devices, attack simulations, and reports. Learn and experience the Defender for Endpoint capabilities through a guided walk-through in a trial environment.|
|Service health||Provides information on the current status of the Defender for Endpoint service. You’ll be able to verify that the service health is healthy or if there are current issues.|
|Configuration management||Displays on-boarded devices, your organizations’ security baseline, predictive analysis, web protection coverage, and allows you to perform attack surface management on your devices.|
|Settings||Shows the settings you selected during onboarding and lets you update your industry preferences and retention policy period. You can also set other configuration settings such as permissions, APIs, rules, device management, IT service management, and network assessments.|
|(2) Search, Community center, Localization, Help and support, Feedback||Search by device, file, user, URL, IP, vulnerability, software, and recommendation. Search supports the use of SHA1 and SHA256 cryptographic hash formats.Community center – Access the Community center to learn, collaborate, and share experiences about the product.
Localization – Set time zones.
Help and support – Access the Defender for Endpoint guide, Microsoft and Microsoft Premier support, license information, simulations & tutorials, Defender for Endpoint evaluation lab, consult a threat expert.
Feedback – Provide comments about what you like or what we can do better.
For devices with high resolution DPI scaling issues, please see Windows scaling issues for high-DPI devices for possible solutions.
Microsoft Defender for Endpoint icons
The following table provides information on the icons used all throughout the portal:
|Microsoft Defender for Endpoint logo|
|Alert: Indication of an activity correlated with advanced attacks.|
|Detection: Indication of a malware threat detection.|
|Active threat: Threats actively executing at the time of detection.|
|Remediated: Threat removed from the device.|
|Not remediated: Threat not removed from the device.|
|Indicates events that triggered an alert in the Alert process tree.|
|Microsoft Defender Antivirus events|
|Windows Defender Application Guard events|
|Windows Defender Device Guard events|
|Windows Defender Exploit Guard events|
|Windows Defender SmartScreen events|
|Windows Firewall events|
|Load DLL events|
|Access token modification|
|PowerShell command run|
|Automated investigation – no threats found|
|Automated investigation – failed|
|Automated investigation – partially investigated|
|Automated investigation – terminated by system|
|Automated investigation – pending|
|Automated investigation – running|
|Automated investigation – remediated|
|Automated investigation – partially remediated|
|Threat & Vulnerability Management – threat insights|
|Threat & Vulnerability Management – possible active alert|
|Threat & Vulnerability Management – recommendation insights|