In a three-part series, my colleague Florian Vees and I will introduce the key updates to modern working, Azure, and security—starting with a topic that’s on everyone’s lips more than ever: Security!
Microsoft kicked off in this sector with some exciting news: Microsoft Defender for Cloud provides support for multi-cloud environments. Defender for Cloud was previously simply a combination of Azure Security Center and Azure Defender, and as the names suggests, was purely designed to secure Azure environments. In accordance with the new name, Microsoft has expanded protection to cover all cloud vendors, meaning that AWS customers, for example, can expect the same level of protection they know from the Azure world.
More information: Microsoft Defender for Cloud - an introduction.
Onto the next piece of news. If you use Microsoft 365 E3, you’ll probably know this common problem: All Windows 10 and Windows 11 devices are protected by Microsoft Defender but there is no way to manage it from a management console. Microsoft has listened to community feedback and tweaked it so that the Defender can be managed via the Defender Security Center.
If you want to find out about the differences between Defender for Endpoint Plan 1 and 2, see here for more information: Compare Microsoft Defender for Endpoint Plan 1 to Plan 2.
Previously, Microsoft Defender for Endpoint iOS and Android apps were only equipped with rudimentary features, making it even more gratifying that the updates ensure vulnerability management in both systems. For Android, the new features support both operating system and Android-based in-app vulnerabilities. OS-based vulnerabilities are covered for iOS devices.
Microsoft Endpoint Data Loss Protection (DLP) and Microsoft Insider Risk Management are now available on the macOS as previews. With DLP, customers can identify sensitive content such as medical documents or intellectual property in files and documents and implement DLP guidelines to prevent unauthorised sharing and use. Data outflow is a very high risk for companies nowadays. Insider Risk Management enables companies to define additional guidelines to detect and defend against indicators for high-risk user behaviour and unauthorised or malicious user data activity.
Microsoft Defender for Business is the new endpoint security solution, initially as a preview and planned for companies with up to 300 employees. The solution helps protect against complex cyber-attacks. It’s specially developed for SMEs (Bechtle was actually one of the instigators in close contact with the development group) and targets security threats—including malware and ransomware for Windows, macOS, iOS, and Android devices. Microsoft Defender for Business is available both as a stand-alone product and as part of Microsoft 365 Business Premium.
For more information: Introducing Microsoft Defender for Business.