Microsoft Defender XDR vs Microsoft Purview Compliance Manager comparison


Comparison Buyer's Guide

Executive Summary

Categories and Ranking

Microsoft Defender XDR
Ranking in Microsoft Security Suite
Average Rating
Number of Reviews
Ranking in other categories
Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR) (6th), Extended Detection and Response (XDR) (5th)
Microsoft Purview Complianc...
Ranking in Microsoft Security Suite
Average Rating
Number of Reviews
Ranking in other categories
Data Governance (11th)

Mindshare comparison

As of July 2024, in the Microsoft Security Suite category, the mindshare of Microsoft Defender XDR is 5.2%, down from 10.6% compared to the previous year. The mindshare of Microsoft Purview Compliance Manager is 1.6%, up from 1.4% compared to the previous year. It is calculated based on PeerSpot user engagement data.
Microsoft Security Suite
Unique Categories:
Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR)
Extended Detection and Response (XDR)
Data Governance

Featured Reviews

Alok Kumar Singh - PeerSpot reviewer
Jun 28, 2024
Easy to configure and customizable with good threat protection
It's great that it's a cloud solution. You don't need to worry about physical hardware. You can configure the product very easily. It's simple to implement and easy to run. The XDR platform provides unified identity and access management. We only use it to cover Microsoft products; it works really well. 365 Defender stops lateral movement of advanced attacks, like ransomware or business email compromise. It protects us from spam and ransomware. So far, we haven't had any attacks. It also allows us to adapt to evolving threats. We use the solution's multi-tenant management capabilities. It's easy to access and helps with investigating and responding to threats across tenants. With Microsoft, we get multiple services under one platform. With Defender, we've been able to reduce costs. We've likely saved around 25% in costs so far. We've also been able to save time - around 10% to 20%. You can customize the product based on your requirements - and everything is available under one platform.
Sumedh Patil - PeerSpot reviewer
Nov 27, 2023
Great integration, useful compliance, and helpful automation capabilities
The data classification, sensitivity labeling, and regulatory compliance capabilities are all very useful. They provide compliance with industry-specific regulations such as HIPPA, CCPA, and GDPR and can help us with future policy enforcement. We can enforce various policies, including data governance policies. Also, we can establish custom policies. We have direct access control. We can control our data in terms of sensitivity labels. If it is a high sensitivity, we can label it so. We can also manage data retention and deletion. Purview delivers data protection across multi-cloud and multi-platform environments. It has good integration with third parties, including GCP. It also integrates very easily with Microsoft 365 and other Microsoft solutions. Purview can connect with iOS, Mac, Android devices, et cetera. This is important for us as we have different types of employees. Some are using Windows only. Others are on Mac. We can have a unified enforcement policy no matter the platform they use. We have different types of data connectors present. We can use GCP or AWS, and they would be supported. It provides cover for a wide range of sources, including those on the cloud and on-premises. It provides classification, cataloging, and data mapping. We can integrate all of our tools together. Since we can bring all sources together, we can more easily manage everything. It helps with our ISO and other types of compliance. We can follow worldwide or US standards. We can also integrate with reporting tools like Power BI and can enable organizations to leverage business intelligence. AI does provide us with some useful suggestions for what compliance to follow. It can advise on what policies to implement and follow, and we can look at the information right on the dashboards. It saves time in terms of compliance. If you had to do everything manually, it would take a lot of time. However, this helps with automation. We might have saved 20% to 30% of our time overall since it's helped reduce manual work. A lot of the compliance is automatically set up by Purview if we configure it that way. It really does have the potential to help us stay on top of compliance.

Quotes from Members

We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:


"The best feature is probably the alert generation. When I do a security reset, the other session triggers instantly from the Defender console, and I can work on it. The policies are three times, but they are also ready to install it."
"The most valuable feature depends on the scenario. For compliance, I like Microsoft Purview Information Protection and Data Loss Prevention. Sentinel is the most helpful feature for security. 365 Defender helps us prioritize threats across an enterprise. It's a crucial feature for the managed services team."
"The comprehensiveness of Microsoft's threat detection is good."
"The 'Incidents and Alerts' tab is a valuable feature where we can find triggered alerts."
"Microsoft 365 Defender is simple to upgrade."
"All of the security components are valuable including, antiphishing, antispam, and stage three antivirus."
"It's a very scalable tool that can be used in a very small environment or in a very large environment. Everything can be managed from a simple dashboard and can be scaled up or down depending on the customer's environment."
"I like Defender XDR's automation capabilities. XDR isn't automated by default, but you can automate it to respond. If an attack is performed anywhere within the organization, you can isolate that instance from the network. This is what I can figure out for it. When integrated with Sentinel, you can set up playbooks to automate all the alerts gathered on Sentinel from different Microsoft solutions. Sentinel has a wider range of capabilities than XDR."
"We move data between clouds and also from on-premises to the cloud. There is no other mechanism to check if this data is moving according to industry standards for such things as security, bandwidth, and SSL encryption mechanism. We would not be able to see these metrics without Microsoft Purview Compliance Manager."
"Purview delivers data protection across multi-cloud and multi-platform environments."
"We have more visibility of data and how it is being shared."


"The dashboard should be easier to use. There is also improvement needed in the reporting when it comes to exporting or scheduling reports."
"The web filtering solution needs to be improved because currently, it is very simple."
"The support could be more knowledgable to improve their offering."
"At times, there may be delays in the execution of certain actions and their effects."
"Defender XDR could provide recommendations for threat-hunting queries. Some people do not know how to write an advanced threat query, so we need to spend time training them."
"Correctly updated records are the most significant area for improvement. There have been times when we were notified of a required fix; we would carry out the fix and confirm it but still get the same notification a week later. This seems to be a delay in records being updated and leads to false reporting, which is something that needs to be fixed."
"One of the biggest downsides of Microsoft products, in general, is that the menus are often difficult to find, as they tend to move from place to place between versions."
"365 Defender has multiple subsets, including Defender for Cloud Apps. When integrating Defender for Cloud Apps with apps on third-party cloud platforms like AWS or GCP, there are limitations on our ability to control user activities. If Microsoft added more control over third-party products, that would be a game-changer and help us quite a lot."
"We've had issues with data connectors for Teams."
"We'd like to see the solution expanded to include firewalls and endpoints."
"One area for improvement is the technical support for Purview. With all the other solutions from Microsoft we get really good technical support, but with Purview we had a compliance error and we couldn't find the solution. Purview would not point us to the correct solution, it just indicated the error. We had to troubleshoot it and find out what led to this error. We contacted technical support but it took them one week to identify the root cause of the error."

Pricing and Cost Advice

"Microsoft Defender XDR is expensive."
"The functionality is fantastic, but for medium and small-sized companies it's overpriced. It would be better if it were a little bit cheaper."
"Microsoft Defender XDR is already included in our Office 365 licensing. It is better because we're saving money by using it."
"It has consistently offered highly appealing academic pricing, with distinct rates for higher education and general educational purposes."
"Microsoft 365 Defender offers competitive pricing."
"We have a lot of problems in Latin America regarding the price of Microsoft 365 Defender, because the relationship between dollars and the money of the different countries, it's is a lot. Many customers that have small businesses say that they would like the solution but it is too expensive. However, large companies do not find the cost an issue."
"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."
"It is fairly priced because we get complete integrated services with the E5 license."
"The pricing and licensing are moderate because we have other licenses for Microsoft services. The pricing is in line with that."
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Top Industries

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Computer Software Company
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Manufacturing Company
Computer Software Company
Financial Services Firm
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Questions from the Community

What do you like most about Microsoft 365 Defender?
Microsoft Defender XDR provides strong identity protection with comprehensive insights into risky user behavior and potential indicators of compromise.
What needs improvement with Microsoft 365 Defender?
The solution can improve the rules and privileges it offers. They need to be more transparent with changes. Often, changes come too rapidly.
What do you like most about Microsoft Purview Compliance Manager?
We have more visibility of data and how it is being shared.
What is your experience regarding pricing and costs for Microsoft Purview Compliance Manager?
I'm not sure of the exact pricing of the solution. It's cheaper than our previous option. The cost is not much of an issue at the moment.

Also Known As

Microsoft 365 Defender, Microsoft Threat Protection, MS 365 Defender
Microsoft Compliance Manager



Sample Customers

Accenture, Deloitte, ExxonMobil, General Electric, IBM, Johnson & Johnson and many others.
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