Microsoft to release 'Defender for Business' platform

On Tuesday, Microsoft announced the upcoming release of Microsoft Defender for Business, a new security tool that will soon be available for preview. 

In a blog post, Microsoft 365 product marketing manager Jon Maunder said the tool is “specially built to bring enterprise-grade endpoint security to businesses with up to 300 employees, in a solution that is easy-to-use and cost-effective.”

Once the tool is available, customers will be able to buy the platform directly from Microsoft as a standalone offering costing $3 per user per month.

Maunder noted that Microsoft was prompted to create the platform because of a 300% increase in ransomware attacks in the last year. More than 50% of attacks are able to reach small businesses, according to Microsoft data. 

“Defender for Business elevates security from traditional antivirus to next-generation protection, endpoint detection and response, threat and vulnerability management, and more. It offers simplified configuration and management with intelligent, automated investigation and remediation. Defender for Business helps you to protect against cybersecurity threats including malware and ransomware across Windows, macOS, iOS, and Android devices,” Maunder said. 

The platform covers everything from threat and vulnerability management to misconfiguration remediation, attack surface reduction, antimalware and antivirus protection. 

It also comes with endpoint detection and response,

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