Microsoft 365 Defender Pros

Lukasz Rutkowski - PeerSpot reviewer
Microsoft 365 Consultant at a tech services company with 5,001-10,000 employees
There is also one dashboard that shows us the status of many controls at once and the details I can get... It gives a great overview of many areas, such as files, emails, chats, and links. Even with the apps, it gives you a great overview. In one place you can see where you should look into things more deeply...
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Nimesh Aggarwal - PeerSpot reviewer
Principal Consultant - Cyber Security & Cloud Infra. at RPS Consulting Pvt. Ltd.
It has been great for us. Previously, we didn't have a solution to protect us, especially from malware, whereas now, we are getting protection up front, especially from the malware attacks coming through emails or endpoints.
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Tochukwu Josiah Okafor - PeerSpot reviewer
Security and Compliance Engineer - Data Protection at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Many people don't realize that Microsoft Azure, Exchange Online, and the security and compliance portal all sync together. For instance, within the Azure portal you can set security restrictions and policies to help secure your tenants... The good part of it is that these products have already been integrated. When you sign on as an admin you have global admin rights and that gives you access to all these features.
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Microsoft 365 Defender
November 2022
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HB
Support Engineer at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The EDR features are valuable. By getting the EDR features, we have more control over the device. We have information about events in real-time and more protection against zero-day threats and zero-day vulnerabilities. We can monitor every event or action that a device is going through. We can get an idea if it is something malicious or if we have to take any actions.
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Florian Stamer - PeerSpot reviewer
Regional Director, Cloud Lead Architect at Cloudeteer GmbH
I like the easy integration and advanced possibilities. We can implement it at customer sites in a few clicks, but we can also dive deep and drill down to extended features. There's a very good starting point to get into this product and all the features from Defender.
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MM
SysAdmin Engineer at FileVine, LLC
The Endpoint Manager is incredible; it has a very straightforward interface and is exceedingly easy to use. Pulling out and deploying different tags or resources is a simple task across various departments with different levels of security. The notifications are also simple and satisfying; it's great to see the bubble informing us which devices are compliant and which are waiting to update.
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JR
Deputy Director of Infrastructures and IT Services at a government with 10,001+ employees
The most valuable feature of all is the full integration with the rest of the software in the operating system and Office 365, as well as Microsoft SCCM. It is quite easy for us to work with the whole instance of Microsoft products. This integration improves the benefits of the whole suite of products.
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Hande Tarhan - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Business Consultant at PeakUp
Setting up Microsoft 365 Defender is easy. It's a user-friendly solution that provides threat protection. It has good stability and scalability.
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NP
Security Solutions Architect at a computer software company with 10,001+ employees
It gives a lot of flexibility in terms of configuration and customization as per the business requirements.
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PT
Product Manager at a comms service provider with 501-1,000 employees
The product is very easy to use.
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Microsoft 365 Defender Cons

Lukasz Rutkowski - PeerSpot reviewer
Microsoft 365 Consultant at a tech services company with 5,001-10,000 employees
There should be better information for experts on features in the solution. What I see when reading about features in Microsoft 365 Defender is that it is always general information. If Microsoft could go deeper into details for the experts about how to use the tools, usage of it would be more familiar and it would be easier to use.
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Nimesh Aggarwal - PeerSpot reviewer
Principal Consultant - Cyber Security & Cloud Infra. at RPS Consulting Pvt. Ltd.
The Defender agent itself is more compatible with Windows 10 and Windows 11. Other than these two lines, there are so many compatibility issues. Security is not only about Microsoft. The core technical aspects of it are quite good, but it would be good if they can better support non-Microsoft solutions in terms of putting the agents directly into VMware and other virtualization solutions. There should be more emphasis on RHEL and other operating systems that we use, other than Windows, in the server category.
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Tochukwu Josiah Okafor - PeerSpot reviewer
Security and Compliance Engineer - Data Protection at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The message trace feature for investigating mail flow issues should add more detailed information to the summary report... if they could extend the summary report a little bit, make it more descriptive, ordinary administrators could understand what happened and that the emails failed at this or that point. That way they would know the location to go to try to correct it and to prevent it from occurring again.
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Microsoft 365 Defender
November 2022
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HB
Support Engineer at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The onboarding and offboarding need improvement. I work with other vendors as well, and they have an option to add a device or remove a device from the portal, whereas with Microsoft 365 Defender, we need to do that manually. However, once you do that, everything can be controlled through the portal, but getting the device onboarded and offboarded is currently manual. If we have an option to simply remove a device from the portal or get a device added from the portal, it would be more convenient. The rest of the features are similar. This is the only area where I found it different from others. I would also like to be able to simply filter with a few of the queries that are already there.
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Florian Stamer - PeerSpot reviewer
Regional Director, Cloud Lead Architect at Cloudeteer GmbH
I would like more of the features in Defender for 365 to be included in the smaller licenses. Even if I buy a small license and don't need everything, security shouldn't be a question. Security is one of the main aspects of all projects from our side, so it would be nice to have more features in the smaller licenses.
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MM
SysAdmin Engineer at FileVine, LLC
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.
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JR
Deputy Director of Infrastructures and IT Services at a government with 10,001+ employees
I'd like to see a wider solution that includes not only desktop devices but also other devices, such as servers, storage cabinets, switching equipment, et cetera.
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Hande Tarhan - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Business Consultant at PeakUp
What could be improved in Microsoft 365 Defender is its licensing, e.g. it should be more consolidated and would be good if it has some optimizations. Improving the alerts and notifications, in terms of adding more details, would also be good for this solution.
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NP
Security Solutions Architect at a computer software company with 10,001+ employees
I personally have not seen much evidence of how Defender can enhance the story of zero trust for enterprises.
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PT
Product Manager at a comms service provider with 501-1,000 employees
It would be helpful if the solution could scan faster when it comes to scanning attachments to emails.
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Buyer's Guide
Microsoft 365 Defender
November 2022
Learn what your peers think about Microsoft 365 Defender. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: November 2022.
655,774 professionals have used our research since 2012.