Microsoft Defender Takes Aim at Mid-Market

Microsoft this week announced the general availability of Defender for Business, an endpoint security solution aimed small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs).

Defender for Business packs ant-malware protection alongside attack surface reduction, endpoint detection and response (EDR), and threat and vulnerability management and offers support for both desktop and mobile operating systems.

The Redmond, Wash. software maker said the product was designed to help organizations of up to 300 employees stay protected from ransomware and other malicious threats.

Separately, Microsoft announced the integration of Microsoft 365 Lighthouse with Defender for Business to provide customers with security alerts from across tenants.

Announced in preview last year and available at no cost to Microsoft’s IT partners only, Lighthouse is a unified administration portal designed to help managed service providers scale security through an aggregated view across devices, users, and data.

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Ionut Arghire is an international correspondent for SecurityWeek.

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