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"The product is very easy to use.""I have found the ability to delete unwanted threats beneficial.""The solution is well integrated with applications. It is easy to maintain and administer.""I like that it's stable. It's been stable for a long time, and Microsoft Defender has done a good job there."

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"The most valuable features of this solution are the vulnerability assessments and the glossary of compliance.""We saw improvement from a regulatory compliance perspective due to having a single dashboard.""When we started out, our secure score was pretty low. We adopted some of the recommendations that Security Center set out and we were able to make good progress on improving it. It had been in the low thirties and is now in the upper eighties.""It's quite a good product. It helps to understand the infections and issues you are facing.""Good compliance policies.""The technical support is very good.""We can create alerts that trigger if there is any malicious activity happening in the workflow and these alerts can be retrieved using the query language.""The most valuable features of this solution are the remote workforce capabilities and the general experience of the remote workforce."

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"The solution could improve by having better machine learning and AI. Additionally, the interface, documentation, and integration could be better.""The data recovery and backup could be improved.""It would be helpful if the solution could scan faster when it comes to scanning attachments to emails.""The price could be better. It'll also help if they can continuously update and upgrade the solution. Every day there's a new virus uploaded into the network, and we have to keep updating it to identify all these things."

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"Azure is a complex solution. You have so many moving parts.""The overview provides you with good information, but if you want more details, there is a lot more customization to do, which requires knowledge of the other supporting solutions.""The solution could improve by being more intuitive and easier to use requiring less technical knowledge.""No possibility to write or edit any capability.""We would like to have better transparency as to how the security score is calculated because as it is now, it is difficult to understand.""I felt that there was disconnection in terms of understanding the UI. The communication for moving from the old UI to the new UI could be improved. It was a bit awkward.""As an analyst, there is no way to configure or create a playbook to automate the process of flagging suspicious domains.""You cannot create custom use cases."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"The price could be better. Normally, the costs depend on the country you're located in for the license. When we were in the initial stage, we went with the E5 license they call premium standard. It cost us around $5.20 per month for four users.""The price of the solution is high compared to others and we have lost some customers because of it.""The solutions price is fair for what they offer."

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"There is a helpful cost-reducing option that allows you to integrate production subscriptions with non-production subscriptions.""Microsoft's licensing and pricing are sometimes complicated. If someone is new to Microsoft's licensing, they might have difficulty with it.""We are using the free version of the Azure Security Center.""The price of the solution is good for the features we receive and there is an additional cost for Microsoft premier support. However, some of my potential customers have found it to be expensive and have gone on to choose another solution.""Although I am outside of the discussion on budget and costing, I can say that the importance of security provided by this solution is of such importance that whatever the cost is, it is not a factor.""The licensing cost per server is $15 per month.""I'm not privy to that information, but I know it's probably close to a million dollars a year.""Security Center charges $15 per resource for any workload that you onboard into it. They charge per VM or per data-base server or per application. It's not like Microsoft 365 licensing, where there are levels like E3 and E5. Security Center is pretty straightforward."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: The solution is well integrated with applications. It is easy to maintain and administer.
Top Answer: The data recovery and backup could be improved.
Top Answer: Azure Security Center is very easy to use, integrates well, and gives very good visibility on what is happening across your ecosystem. It also has great remote workforce capabilities and supports a… more »
Top Answer: The integration with Logic Apps allows for automated responses to incidents.
Top Answer: This is a worldwide service and depending on the country, there will be different prices. There is a price calculator for Azure Services. You select the service that you are interested in, and the… more »
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Also Known As
Microsoft Threat Protection, MS 365 Defender
Microsoft Azure Security Center, Azure Security Center, Microsoft ASC, Azure Defender
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Microsoft 365 Defender, part of Microsoft’s XDR solution, leverages the Microsoft 365 security portfolio to automatically analyze threat data across domains, building a complete picture of each attack in a single dashboard. With this breadth and depth of clarity defenders can now focus on critical threats and hunt for sophisticated breaches, trusting that the powerful automation in Microsoft 365 Defender detects and stops attacks anywhere in the kill chain and returns the organization to a secure state.

- Reduce signal noise by viewing prioritized incidents in a single dashboard. 

- Use the automated investigation capabilities to spend less time on detection and response.

- Take care of routine and complex remediation with Microsoft 365 Defender by auto-healing affected assets.

- Hunt across all your data, leveraging your organizational knowledge with custom queries. 

- Develop custom detection and response tools for long-term protection and improved security posture.

To learn more about our solution, ask questions, and share feedback, join our Microsoft Security, Compliance and Identity Community.

Microsoft Defender for Cloud protects your Azure and hybrid resources. Microsoft uses a wide variety of physical, infrastructure, and operational controls to help secure Azure—but there are additional actions you need to take to help safeguard your workloads. Turn on Azure Security Center to strengthen your cloud security posture. Within Azure Security Center, use Azure Defender to protect your hybrid cloud workloads. With Azure Security Center, you can:

- Assess and visualize the security state of your resources in Azure, on-premises, and in other clouds with Azure Secure Score

- Simplify enterprise compliance and view your compliance against regulatory requirements

- Protect all your hybrid cloud workloads with Azure Defender, which is integrated with Security Center

- Use AI and automation to cut through false alarms, quickly identify threats, and streamline threat investigation

To learn more about our solution, ask questions, and share feedback, join our Microsoft Security, Compliance and Identity Community.

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Microsoft Defender for Cloud is trusted by companies such as ASOS, Vatenfall, SWC Technology Partners, and more.
Top Industries
Computer Software Company30%
Comms Service Provider19%
Insurance Company10%
Computer Software Company29%
Consumer Goods Company14%
Insurance Company7%
Computer Software Company32%
Comms Service Provider18%
Financial Services Firm6%
Insurance Company5%
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Small Business29%
Midsize Enterprise8%
Large Enterprise63%
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Microsoft 365 Defender is ranked 7th in Extended Detection and Response (XDR) with 4 reviews while Microsoft Defender for Cloud is ranked unranked in Extended Detection and Response (XDR) with 23 reviews. Microsoft 365 Defender is rated 7.0, while Microsoft Defender for Cloud is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Microsoft 365 Defender writes "Stable and easy to use but could scan attachments faster". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Microsoft Defender for Cloud writes "Improves security posture, offers real-time assessments, and has great compliance policy features". Microsoft 365 Defender is most compared with Cisco SecureX and Cortex XDR by Palo Alto Networks, whereas Microsoft Defender for Cloud is most compared with Prisma Cloud by Palo Alto Networks, Amazon GuardDuty, Trend Micro XDR, Cortex XDR by Palo Alto Networks and Wiz.

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