Microsoft Defender Antivirus suffers from a perception problem. For the first decade of its existence, starting with its 2006 release, Defender was a much-maligned piece of software that no business would use to protect its endpoints. That’s no longer the case. Defender has today evolved into a competent and competitive endpoint security platform backed by one of the world’s largest companies. This improvement didn’t happen by accident.
Since 2016, Microsoft invested at least $1 billion per year into cybersecurity research — much of which has gone directly into upgrading and maintaining Windows Defender. The results are easy to spot. To take one example, Microsoft’s incredibly rapid patching of a significant vulnerability in 2017 shows the capability that an organization as big as Microsoft can bring to the table when it comes to endpoint security. Since then, investment continues to improve Microsoft’s no-cost OS native endpoint protection product. As a result, users now rate Defender among the top antivirus solutions available — on par with any paid alternative.
That a genuinely reliable enterprise-grade antivirus solution now comes as a standard with Windows machines presents a solid opportunity for organizations. However, the question remains, why don’t more enterprises use Defender as their