Microsoft Defender for Office 365 Valuable Features

GH
Principal Consultant at a tech services company with 201-500 employees

Some of the valuable features on the email side are anti-phishing, anti-malware, and Safe Links. Anything that has the word "safe" in it is essentially made to defend against the common email vulnerabilities that you would see in similar products. Without these features, it does not have nearly the capabilities. 

On the information protection side, the best features are probably the data loss prevention policies that cover the whole suite of Office 365 applications. I will explain it a little more, from an information protection standpoint, Defender for Office 365, does strictly apply to the Office apps, but that is where it can get confusing because it can do more. It works with MIP, and MIP can be part of a SKU in the M365, particularly the E5 SKU or equivalent. It can protect and prevent data loss of data wherever it operates. It does not matter where it operates, it can be in a different cloud service, on-premises, in Office, a SaaS application, or even It could be your own applications that you have developed. Defender for Office 365 helps with the loss prevention for Office 365 applications.

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Rajitha Jayasekera - PeerSpot reviewer
Associate Tech Lead at a comms service provider with 201-500 employees

The most valuable feature is the score. By looking at the score, you can identify if you are at risk or not.

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.

It gives me everything I need, visibility-wise. It also helps prioritize threats across our enterprise and that's very important. That means we can identify the critical vulnerabilities first and keep an eye on other vulnerabilities. By looking at the dashboard, I immediately get an idea of how critical an issue is and we can fix vulnerabilities before they result in an attack.

It has also helped eliminate looking at multiple dashboards, giving us one XDR dashboard, which has made our security operations really easy. We can also create internal tickets within the portal itself. We can assign them to people and see how long it took them to close the tickets. That makes things really easy.

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Vishnu-Reddy - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Manager at SSEL

Defender for Office 365 can help your organization configure policies, analyze threats to your organization and respond to attacks.  It is important to note that there are different levels of protection and capabilities depending upon which version of Office365 license you have. The best features we found most valuable are Forwarding Report, Safe Attachment Files Types, Treat Protection Status, Malware Detected in Email, URL Threat Protection and many more.

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MS
Deputy Chief SAP BASIS Administrator at a comms service provider with 201-500 employees

The basic features are okay and I'm satisfied with the Defender.

The initial setup is pretty simple. It's easy to configure.

Microsoft products are always easy to use.

The solution has been stable and reliable. 

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Prateek Agarwal - PeerSpot reviewer
Manager at NISG

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.

The Attack Simulator feature is built into Defender and runs real-time attack scenarios to identify any security vulnerabilities, phishing attacks, or ransomware attacks.

The automated incident responses, AIRs, have capabilities that save time and effort.

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PP
Supervisor of IT Infrastructure & Cybersecurity at a comms service provider with 51-200 employees

The solution does a thorough job of examining email for malicious content and examines the URLs and potential malicious content in emails. It offers peace of mind with more real-time updates as far as what they're looking for as opposed to a signature-based solution. It's probably the most valuable feature to my mind. I've deployed it for a couple of clients in a 365 environment and it seems to be a pretty solid solution. 

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BCOng - PeerSpot reviewer
Corporate IT Infrastructure Manager at United Test and Assembly Center Ltd.

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.

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FL
Information Technology Manager at a performing arts with 51-200 employees

The good part is that you don't have to configure it, which is very convenient.

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OK
Consultant at Astra Graphia Information Technology

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. 

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Basil AlEfranji - PeerSpot reviewer
Sales Account Manager at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

The solution is very easy to use. All you have to do is to assign the license to the end-user and it's done. The customer will only have the feature activated, and the solution will monitor the emails to determine if they are a threat or not.

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MP
Chief Information Security Officer at a outsourcing company with 10,001+ employees

The deployment capability is a great feature. We're able to activate this feature throughout France with a click.

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OR
General Manager IT at a logistics company with 10,001+ employees

Safe attachments, safe links, policies, and the ability to protect from zero-day threats are the most valuable features.

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IR
Cybersecurity and Business Continuity Consultant at a tech services company with 201-500 employees

The most valuable feature of Microsoft Defender for Office 365 is the ease of use.

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RB
Senior Network Analyst at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees

At the moment we are satisfied with this product. It's a stable, scalable, and resilient solution for us.

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Microsoft Defender for Office 365
November 2022
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