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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Next-generation protection in Defender for Business (preview) includes robust antivirus and antimalware protection. Your default policies are designed to protect your devices and users without hindering productivity; however, you can also customize your policies to suit your business needs. And, if you’re using Microsoft Endpoint Manager, you can use that to manage your security policies and settings.
This article describes:
- Next-generation protection settings and options
- Other preconfigured settings in Defender for Business (preview)
- Defender for Business default settings and Microsoft Endpoint Manager
Next-generation protection settings and options
The following table lists your settings and options:
|Turn on real-time protection||Enabled by default, real-time protection locates and stops malware from running on devices. We recommend keeping real-time protection turned on.
When real-time protection is turned on, it configures the following settings:
|Block at first sight||Enabled by default, block at first sight blocks malware within seconds of detection, increases the time (in seconds) allowed to submit sample files for analysis, and sets your detection level to High. We recommend keeping block at first sight turned on.
When block at first sight is turned on, it configures the following settings for Microsoft Defender Antivirus:
IMPORTANT: If block at first sight is turned off, it affects
|Turn on network protection||When turned on, network protection helps protect against phishing scams, exploit-hosting sites, and malicious content on the Internet. It also prevents users from turning network protection off.
Network protection can be set to one of the following modes:
|Action to take on potentially unwanted apps (PUA)||PUA can include advertising software, bundling software that offers to install other, unsigned software, and evasion software that attempts to evade security features. Although PUA is not necessarily a virus, malware, or other type of threats, PUA can affect device performance.
PUA protection blocks items that are detected as PUA. You can set PUA protection to one of the following settings:
|Scheduled scan type||Consider running a weekly antivirus scan on your devices. You can choose from the following scan type options:
– Quickscan checks locations, such as registry keys and startup folders, where malware could be registered to start with a device. We recommend using the quickscan option.
– Fullscan checks all files and folders on a device
– Disabled means no scheduled scans will take place. Users can still run scans on their own devices. (In general, we do not recommend disabling your scheduled scans.)
|Day of week to run a scheduled scan||Select a day for your regular, weekly antivirus scans to run.|
|Time of day to run a scheduled scan||Select a time to run your regularly scheduled antivirus scans to run.|
|Use low performance||This setting is turned off by default. We recommend keeping this setting turned off. However, you can turn this setting on to limit the device memory and resources that are used during scheduled scans.
IMPORTANT If you turn Use low performance on, it configures the following settings for Microsoft Defender Antivirus:
|Allow users to access the Windows Security app||Turn this setting on to enable users to open the Windows Security app on their devices. Users won’t be able to override settings that you configure in Microsoft Defender for Business (preview), but they will be able to run a quick scan if need be, or view any detected threats.|
|Antivirus exclusions||Exclusions are processes, files, or folders that are skipped by Microsoft Defender Antivirus scans. In general, you should not need to define exclusions. Microsoft Defender Antivirus includes many automatic exclusions that are based on known operating system behaviors and typical management files.|
|Process exclusions||Process exclusions prevent files that are opened by specific processes from being scanned by Microsoft Defender Antivirus.|
|File extension exclusions||File extension exclusions prevent files with specific extensions from being scanned by Microsoft Defender Antivirus.|
|File and folder exclusions||File and folder exclusions prevent files that are in specific folders from being scanned by Microsoft Defender Antivirus.|
Other preconfigured settings in Defender for Business
The following security settings are preconfigured in Defender for Business (preview):
- Scanning of removable drives is turned on (AllowFullScanRemovableDriveScanning)
- Daily quick scans do not have a preset time (ScheduleQuickScanTime)
- Security intelligence updates are checked before an antivirus scan runs (CheckForSignaturesBeforeRunningScan)
- Security intelligence checks occur every four hours (SignatureUpdateInterval)
Defender for Business default settings and Microsoft Endpoint Manager
The following table describes settings that are preconfigured for Defender for Business (preview) and how those settings correspond to what you might see in Microsoft Endpoint Manager (or Microsoft Intune). If you’re using the simplified configuration process in Defender for Business (preview), you do not need to edit these settings.
|Cloud protection||Sometimes referred to as cloud-delivered protection or Microsoft Advanced Protection Service (MAPS), cloud protection works with Microsoft Defender Antivirus and the Microsoft cloud to identify new threats, sometimes even before a single device is affected. By default, AllowCloudProtection is turned on.|
|Monitoring for incoming and outgoing files||To monitor incoming and outgoing files, RealTimeScanDirection is set to monitor all files.|
|Scan network files||By default, AllowScanningNetworkFiles is not enabled, and network files are not scanned.|
|Scan email messages||By default, AllowEmailScanning is not enabled, and email messages are not scanned.|
|Number of days (0-90) to keep quarantined malware||By default, DaysToRetainCleanedMalware this setting is set to zero (0) days. Artifacts that in quarantine are not removed automatically.|
|Submit samples consent||By default, SubmitSamplesConsent is et to send safe samples automatically. Examples of safe samples include
|Scan removable drives||By default, AllowFullScanRemovableDriveScanning is configured to scanning removable drives, such as USB thumb drives on devices.|
|Run daily quick scan time||By default, ScheduleQuickScanTime is set to 2:00 AM.|
|Check for signature updates before running scan||By default, CheckForSignaturesBeforeRunningScan is configured to check for security intelligence updates prior to running antivirus/antimalware scans.|
|How often (0-24 hours) to check for security intelligence updates||By default, SignatureUpdateInterval is configured to check for security intelligence updates every four hours.|