Microsoft Defender for Cloud Pros

RP
Associate Principal - Cloud Solutions at Apexon
It is very intuitive when it comes to policy administration, alerts and notifications, and ease of setting up roles at different hierarchies. It has also been good in terms of the network technology maps. It provides a good overview, but it also depends on the complexity of your network.
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TD
Global Cloud Security Architect at a consumer goods company with 5,001-10,000 employees
One of the features that I like about the solution is it is both a hybrid cloud and also multi-cloud. We never know what company we're going to buy, and therefore we are ready to go. If they have GCP or AWS, we have support for that as well. It offers a single-panel blast across multiple clouds.
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SF
Network & Security Manager at SNP Technologies, Inc.
It has seamless integration with any of the services I mentioned, on Azure, such as IaaS platforms, virtual machines, applications, or databases, because it's an in-house product from Microsoft within the Azure ecosystem.
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IS
Senior Cloud Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
When you have commissioned Defender, you have these things visible already on your dashboard. This gives the efficiency to the people to do their actual work rather than bothering about the email, sorting out the email, or looking at it through an ITSM solution, whey they have to look at the description and use cases. Efficiency increases with this optimized, ready-made solution since you don't need to invest in something externally. You can start using the dashboard and auditing capability provided from day one. Thus, you have fewer costs with a more optimized, easier-to-use solution, providing operational efficiency for your team.
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DS
Azure Solution Architect at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
The solution is very easy to deploy.
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VA
Senior DevSecOps Engineer at a consumer goods company with 11-50 employees
With respect to improving our security posture, it helps us to understand where we are in terms of compliance. We can easily know when we are below the standard because of the scores it calculates.
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PratikSavla - PeerSpot reviewer
Principal Product Security Officer at a tech vendor with 201-500 employees
The vulnerability reporting is helpful. When we initially deployed Defender, it reported many more threats than we currently see. It gave us insight into areas we had not previously considered, so we knew where we needed to act.
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MS
Cloud Architect at a legal firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
Using Security Center, you have a full view, at any given time, of what's deployed, and that is something that is very useful.
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HJ
Cloud Architect at CloudShapers
Defender lets you orchestrate the roll-out from a single pane. Using the Azure portal, you can roll it out over all the servers covered by the entire subscription.
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AA
Manager at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
One important security feature is the incident alerts. Now, with all these cyberattacks, there are a lot of incident alerts that get triggered. It is very difficult to keep monitoring everything automatically, instead our organization is utilizing the automated use case that we get from Microsoft. That has helped bring down the manual work for a lot of things.
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Microsoft Defender for Cloud Cons

RP
Associate Principal - Cloud Solutions at Apexon
For Kubernetes, I was using Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS). To see that whatever is getting deployed into AKS goes through the correct checks and balances in terms of affinities and other similar aspects and follows all the policies, we had to use a product called Stackrox. At a granular level, the built-in policies were good for Kubernetes, but to protect our containers from a coding point of view, we had to use a few other products. For example, from a programming point of view, we were using Checkmarx for static code analysis. For CIS compliance, there are no CIS benchmarks for AKS. So, we had to use other plugins to see that the CIS benchmarks are compliant. There are CIS benchmarks for Kubernetes on AWS and GCP, but there are no CIS benchmarks for AKS. So, Azure Security Center fell short from the regulatory compliance point of view, and we had to use one more product. We ended up with two different dashboards. We had Azure Security Center, and we had Stackrox that had its own dashboard. The operations team and the security team had to look at two dashboards, and they couldn't get an integrated piece. That's a drawback of Azure Security Center. Azure Security Center should provide APIs so that we can integrate its dashboard within other enterprise dashboards, such as the PowerBI dashboard. We couldn't get through these aspects, and we ended up giving Reader security permission to too many people, which was okay to some extent, but when we had to administer the users for the Stackrox portal and Azure Security Center, it became painful.
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TD
Global Cloud Security Architect at a consumer goods company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Azure is a complex solution. You have so many moving parts.
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SF
Network & Security Manager at SNP Technologies, Inc.
If a customer is already using Okta as an SSO in its entire environment, they will want to continue with it. But Security Center doesn't understand that and keeps making recommendations. It would help if it let us resolve a recommendation, even if it is not implemented.
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IS
Senior Cloud Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
The solution could extend its capabilities to other cloud providers. Right now, if you want to monitor a virtual machine on another cloud, you can do that. However, this cannot be done with other cloud platform services. I hope once that is available then Defender for Cloud will be a unified solution for all cloud platform services.
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DS
Azure Solution Architect at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
You cannot create custom use cases.
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VA
Senior DevSecOps Engineer at a consumer goods company with 11-50 employees
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.
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PratikSavla - PeerSpot reviewer
Principal Product Security Officer at a tech vendor with 201-500 employees
Microsoft sources most of their threat intelligence internally, but I think they should open themselves up to bodies that provide feel intelligence to build a better engine. There may be threats out there that they don't report because their team is not doing anything on that and they don't have arrangements with another party that is involved in that research.
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MS
Cloud Architect at a legal firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
Consistency is the area where the most improvement is needed. For example, there are some areas where the UI is not uniform across the board.
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HJ
Cloud Architect at CloudShapers
Another thing is that Defender for Cloud uses more resources than CrowdStrike, which my current company uses. Defender for Cloud has two or three processes running simultaneously that consume memory and processor time. I had the chance to compare that with CrowdStrike a few days ago, which was significantly less. It would be nice if Defender were a little lighter. It's a relatively large installation that consumes more resources than competitors do.
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AA
Manager at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Most of the time, when we log into the support, we don't get a chance to interact with Microsoft employees directly, except having it go to outsource employees of Microsoft. The initial interaction has not been that great because outsourced companies cannot provide the kind of quality or technical expertise that we look for. We have a technical manager from Microsoft, but they are kind of average unless we make noise and ask them to escalate. We then can get the right people and the right solution, but it definitely takes time.
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Microsoft Defender for Cloud
January 2023
Learn what your peers think about Microsoft Defender for Cloud. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: January 2023.
670,523 professionals have used our research since 2012.