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We performed a comparison between Microsoft Defender for Identity and Microsoft Defender for Office 365 based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two ATP (Advanced Threat Protection) solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
To learn more, read our detailed Microsoft Defender for Identity vs. Microsoft Defender for Office 365 Report (Updated: November 2022).
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Pros
"The basic security monitoring at its core feature is the most valuable aspect. But also the investigative parts, the historical logging of events over the network are extremely interesting because it gives an in-depth insight into the history of account activity that is really easy to read, easy to follow, and easy to export.""This solution has advanced a lot over the last few years.""It is easy to set up. Based on the number of devices you would like to set up, you can use scripts, Group Policy, etc. It takes five minutes to set up.""Defender for Identity has not affected the end-user experience."

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"Microsoft Defender for Office 365 is a stable solution.""The risk level notifications are most valuable. We get to know what kind of intrusion or attack is there, and we can fix a problem on time.""The basic features are okay and I'm satisfied with the Defender.""At the moment we are satisfied with this product. It's a stable, scalable, and resilient solution for us.""It also gives the vulnerability status according to the versions you have selected. Let's say you have Google Chrome. It mentions the versions it has, and it updates. Within two hours of an update, it is reflected in the dashboard. That's really nice to have.""The most valuable feature is the integration. It's a single console, so we don't have to switch around between multiple products. Another valuable feature is the ease of operations and maintenance.""I would say that 90% of the spam and phishing attack emails get blocked right off the bat.""Some of the valuable features on the email side are anti-phishing, anti-malware, and Safe Links."

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Cons
"The impact of the sensors on the domain controllers can be quite high depending on your loads. I don't know if there's any room for improvement there, but that's one of the things that might be improved.""When the data leaves the cloud, there are security issues.""I would like to be able to do remediation from the platform because it is just a scanner right now. If you onboard a device, it shows you what is happening, but you can't use it to fix things. You need to go into the system to fix it instead.""The solution could be better at using group-managed access and they could replace it with broad-based access controls."

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"The custom alerts have to improve a lot.""Configuration requires going to a lot of places rather than just accessing one tab.""We need a separate license and we don't know how to get the license that is required.""We are always looking for others tools to increase automation on tasks. There can be better integration with other solutions, such as PowerPoint and email.""In some situations, it has not been able to pick impersonated emails having no attachments. Technical support definitely has a scope for improvement.""They can improve their security in a way where a customer can know if all their attachments are safe or not to open through a report. The solution does its job perfectly, but it never reports to the customer whether those attachments have been stopped before or not.""Too many false positives and lacks an accurate capability to detect malicious SharePoint sites.""In one of the reports I can get the exact place where a vulnerable file resides. But for that, I need to explicitly go into the device and check. If they could include that file part in the report, without my having to go to the device itself, that would help."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "You won't be able to change your tenants from where you deploy them. For example, if you select Canada, they will charge you based on Canadian pricing. If you are also in London, when you deploy in Canada, the pound is higher than Canadian dollars, but your platform resources are billable in Canadian dollars. Using your pounds to pay for any of these things will be cheaper. Or, if you deploy in London, they will charge you based on your local currency."
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  • "It's a user-base subscription."
  • "From the pricing point of view, like any other product in the market, there is scope for negotiation."
  • "Defender is a little bit more expensive as compared to others. We are in the manufacturing environment. So, we don't have a high budget for all of our endpoint devices. Its cost is a major concern for us."
  • "For licensing, it's usually a yearly package for customers who are subscribed to Office 365, but they can also pay on a monthly basis."
  • "Microsoft Defender for Office 365 is an add-on to the Office license. Many customers are purchasing this solution."
  • "Microsoft Defender for Office 365 comes with Microsoft Windows. It is free with the operating system."
  • "The solution saves money so we have seen a return on investment."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:This solution has advanced a lot over the last few years.
    Top Answer:When the data leaves the cloud, there are security issues. The cloud security services and the integration with on-prem applications like SIEM, needs to be improved.
    Top Answer:We are looking at this solution as a trusted tenant for our network. This way, all of the data that goes through is trusted and the communication between our on-prem system and the Azure Cloud remains… more »
    Top Answer:Threat Explorer is one of the features that I very much like because it is a real-time report that allows you to identify, analyze, and trace security attacks.
    Top Answer:I would recommend Microsoft Defender for Office 365. If you already have a deployment method, like CCM or something similar, it will be easy. Even if not, there are several other deployment methods… more »
    Top Answer:There is room for improvement with the UI. The company should focus on adding threats that the solution is currently unable to detect. Sometimes it misses threats and viruses across the whole solution… more »
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    Also Known As
    Azure Advanced Threat Protection, Azure ATP, MS Defender for Identity
    MS Defender for Office 365
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    Overview

    Microsoft Defender for Identity is a cloud-based security solution that leverages your on-premises Active Directory signals to identify, detect, and investigate advanced threats, compromised identities, and malicious insider actions directed at your organization. With Microsoft Defender for Identity, you can:

    - Monitor users, entity behavior, and activities with learning-based analytics

    - Protect user identities and credentials stored in Active Directory

    - Identify and investigate suspicious user activities and advanced attacks throughout the kill chain

    - Provide clear incident information on a simple timeline for fast triage

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

      Microsoft Defender for Office 365 protects all of Office 365 against advanced threats like business email compromise and credential phishing, and automatically investigates and remediates attacks. With Defender for O365 you get Integrated threat protection for all of Office 365 that gives you:

      - Native protection for Office 365 with built-in protection that simplifies administration, lowers total cost of ownership, and boosts productivity.

      - Unparalleled scale and effectiveness with powerful automated workflows to improve SecOps efficiency.

      - A complete solution for collaboration that protects you from attacks across the kill chain.

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

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      Sample Customers
      Microsoft Defender for Identity is trusted by companies such as St. Luke’s University Health Network, Ansell, and more.
      Microsoft Defender for Office 365 is trusted by companies such as Ithaca College.
      Top Industries
      VISITORS READING REVIEWS
      Computer Software Company22%
      Financial Services Firm11%
      Government8%
      Comms Service Provider8%
      REVIEWERS
      Comms Service Provider25%
      Financial Services Firm17%
      Manufacturing Company17%
      Performing Arts8%
      VISITORS READING REVIEWS
      Computer Software Company19%
      Comms Service Provider10%
      Government8%
      Financial Services Firm7%
      Company Size
      VISITORS READING REVIEWS
      Small Business21%
      Midsize Enterprise14%
      Large Enterprise65%
      REVIEWERS
      Small Business25%
      Midsize Enterprise25%
      Large Enterprise50%
      VISITORS READING REVIEWS
      Small Business28%
      Midsize Enterprise19%
      Large Enterprise54%
      Buyer's Guide
      Microsoft Defender for Identity vs. Microsoft Defender for Office 365
      November 2022
      Find out what your peers are saying about Microsoft Defender for Identity vs. Microsoft Defender for Office 365 and other solutions. Updated: November 2022.
      655,711 professionals have used our research since 2012.

      Microsoft Defender for Identity is ranked 10th in ATP (Advanced Threat Protection) with 4 reviews while Microsoft Defender for Office 365 is ranked 2nd in ATP (Advanced Threat Protection) with 15 reviews. Microsoft Defender for Identity is rated 9.0, while Microsoft Defender for Office 365 is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Microsoft Defender for Identity writes "Gives most administrators absolutely amazing insight into what's happening in the network that they probably never had before". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Microsoft Defender for Office 365 writes "Essential security capabilities, plenty of email protection, and enhanced data loss prevention". Microsoft Defender for Identity is most compared with Splunk User Behavior Analytics, Rapid7 InsightIDR, IBM QRadar User Behavior Analytics, Microsoft Purview Insider Risk Management and Quest Change Auditor Threat Detection, whereas Microsoft Defender for Office 365 is most compared with Proofpoint Email Protection, Mimecast Email Security with Targeted Threat Protection, Barracuda Email Security Gateway, Fortinet FortiMail and Trend Micro Email Security. See our Microsoft Defender for Identity vs. Microsoft Defender for Office 365 report.

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