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Microsoft Defender for Business :
A Game-changer for SMEs

Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) play a crucial role in the UK economy. At the start of 2023 there were 5.6 million SMEs accounting for 99.9% of the total business population. However, their prominence also makes them prime targets for malicious actors, especially given the competitive market, limited security budgets and global insecurity from rogue states and criminals collaborating on cybercrime.

In recent years, SMEs have eagerly embraced cloud-driven workflows, heralding a new era of agility and mobility which has ultimately changed how we all live our lives for the better. However, this paradigm shift has simultaneously heightened the cybersecurity stakes, placing greater importance and autonomy on the Endpoint and highlighting the requirement for a Zero Trust Architecture. “Trust, but verify” is dead, which seems rather poignant given current world events.

Traditional Endpoint protection measures like antivirus software fall short and no longer cut the mustard in the face of the advances in attacker sophistication and evolving threats. The problem SMEs face is Enterprise features such as “Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR)” and “Threat and Vulnerability Management” typically come with an hefty price tags, putting them out of reach for many SMEs. With the launch of Microsoft Defender for Business and the simple monthly pricing plan on offer from OneMSP, we say -  no longer!


Enter Microsoft Defender for Business

Microsoft Defender for Business is poised to rewrite the rules of engagement in SME cybersecurity.

So, what sets Defender for Business apart?

It's not merely a security solution; it's a fortress of Managed Security Services offering:

 • Centralised management orchestrating security operations with unparalleled efficiency.

•  Tailored Firewall and Antivirus configurations, bespoke for Windows environments.

•  Comprehensive Threat and Vulnerability Management, scanning and neutralising risks across diverse platforms.

•  Attack Surface Reduction, fortifying against software vulnerabilities with surgical precision.

•  Next-Gen Protection, augmenting antivirus capabilities with cutting-edge threat detection mechanisms.

•  Endpoint Detection and Response, empowering rapid threat identification and decisive countermeasures.

•  Automated Investigation and Remediation, swiftly containing and resolving security breaches.

But the success story doesn't end there:

Defender for Business boasts seamless cross-platform compatibility, safeguarding Windows, MacOS, iOS, and Android devices alike. Additional perks like Threat Analytics, Partner APIs, and Microsoft 365 Lighthouse further elevate its defensive prowess. Elevating Microsoft Defender for Business as the premier solution for businesses seeking unparalleled protection, rivalling even the most robust security measures of large multinational corporations, which have seemingly bottomless pockets when it comes to their dedication to safeguarding their digital infrastructure.


Read our Tecsa Group case study:


Buying Microsoft Defender for Business

In terms of purchasing options, Microsoft has hit the jackpot with Defender for Business, providing enterprise-grade security features at a wallet-friendly price point that aligns with conventional antivirus solutions. And the icing on the cake? Microsoft Defender can be acquired either as a standalone product or as part of the comprehensive Microsoft 365 Business Premium suite, catering to SMEs with fewer than 300 users. This makes it the go-to stalwart defender against cyber threats and a game-changer for SMEs, all without breaking the bank. Reach out to us for pricing or additional information.


Your Take Away:

As technology marches forward, Microsoft Defender promises to be a cornerstone in enhancing security measures for SMEs. With innovation and adaptability as their guiding principles, businesses can chart a course towards resilience, staying one step ahead of emerging threats and safeguarding their operations with unwavering vigilance.

Even with the best laid plans, maintaining a secure digital environment can be a monumental task —particularly with the speed, ease and sophistication of the threats being developing today. If you need any advice or assistance regarding any aspect of your IT infrastructure or how to protect it, book a complimentary discovery call with one of our security experts for guidance and support.


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