Defender for Endpoint: Protect your Endpoints and Servers with P1, P2 and Defender for Business.

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As a technical architect, it’s important to understand the various endpoint security options available from Microsoft. Two key plans to consider are Microsoft Defender for Endpoint and Microsoft 365 Defender. These solutions are designed specifically for enterprise organizations and help prevent, detect, investigate, and respond to advanced threats.

The following table summarizes what’s included in Microsoft endpoint security plans.

Plan What’s included
Defender for Endpoint Plan 1
Defender for Endpoint Plan 2 All of the Defender for Endpoint Plan 1 capabilities, plus:

Defender Vulnerability Management add-on More Defender Vulnerability Management capabilities for Defender for Endpoint Plan 2:

Defender for Business Services optimized for small and medium-sized businesses include:

  • Email protection
  • Antispam protection
  • Antimalware protection
  • Next-generation protection
  • Attack surface reduction
  • Endpoint detection and response
  • Automated investigation and response
  • Vulnerability management
  • Centralized reporting
  • APIs (for integration with custom apps or reporting solutions)
  • Integration with Microsoft 365 Lighthouse


For Endpoints:

  • Microsoft Defender for Business is available as a standalone subscription for small and medium-sized businesses. It’s also included as part of Microsoft 365 Business Premium.
  • Defender for Endpoint Plan 1 and 2 (standalone), Defender for Business (standalone), and Microsoft 365 Business Premium don’t include server licenses.

For Servers:

For Business Servers:


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