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Which offers better endpoint security - Symantec or Microsoft Defender?


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Oct 31, 2021

We use Symantec because we do not use MS Enterprise products, but in my opinion, Microsoft Defender is a superior solution.

Microsoft Defender for Endpoint is a cloud-delivered endpoint security solution. It includes risk-based vulnerability management, EDR, behavioral threat protection, automatic investigation and remediation, and managed threat hunting, all in a single, holistic solution.

MDE is designed to detect and remediate MITRE threats. It has a good threat detection rate, scans devices in real-time, and can monitor individual user computers. The best feature is the automated detection and remediation with a threat timeline.

It runs on few system resources, and it doesn’t slow your computer when scanning for threats. You only need one login to manage your dashboards, and it is compatible across Mac, iOS, Windows, and Ubuntu Linux.

There are downsides to MDE, though. It doesn’t have web filtering on the macOS (although you can do it via Microsoft Intune). It also doesn’t integrate with the MS Cloud app.

We use Symantec EP on all our devices. It also features a cloud management platform and a central server that reports on all the endpoints.

Symantec offers powerful network threat detection and protection. Symantec detects zero-day threats and mutates malware. The advanced behavioral analysis uncovers malicious files masking as legitimate. The license is also affordable for medium-sized companies.

There is room for improvement, though. If you’ve got Macs in your environment, I will discourage Symantec. The cloud platform and the server sometimes don’t talk to each other. The system also is poor in auto repair.


Which solution you choose will depend on your use case. If you are a small business and not invested in MS products, Symantec is a great option. If you already run MS Enterprise, by all means, go for MDE.

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