What is Microsoft Defender
There are different avenues of getting licensed for Defender for Endpoint or Business. It can come bundled with other M365 licensing, or it can be added a la carte to your current licensing model. Here are the a la carte and bundles that each can be added with as well as the pricing for each:
1. Defender for Endpoint Plan 1 - $3/user/month
- This also comes bundled in the EMS E3 ($10.60/user/month) and M365 E3 ($36/user/month) licenses
2. Defender for Endpoint Plan 2 - $5.20/user/month
- This also comes bundled in EMS E5 ($16.40/user/month) or M365 E5 licenses ($57/user/month)
3. Defender for Business - $3/user/month
- This also comes bundled in M365 Business Premium ($22/user/month)
So, if you would like to simply add these licenses on to take advantage of the added security, that can always be done, but you also may have it in your current licensing or can upgrade to bundle it in with other extensive features included in the higher licensing.
Why Microsoft Defender?
Lastly, it's important to know why choosing Microsoft Defender for Endpoint or Business is better than simply than using any old anti-virus software. Sure, anti-virus software has been around a long time and has proven to give you what you need to identify threats within the device it is applied to, but it doesn't give that extra sense of security that MS Defender will give you. Defender is more than just an anti-virus and can be extremely comprehensive when combined with security features and products in M365 to give you the best possible protection from threats that are becoming more and more common. Some of the features that come with Defender that you will not get in a standard anti-virus are endpoint protection and response (EDR), automated investigation and remediation (AIR), attack surface reduction and threat and vulerability management, among other things. In today's world, it doesn't hurt to have more protection as it continues to adapt to the higher security items being applied to businesses. Hackers have proven that nothing will stop them from figuring out how to gain access to businesses regardless of the security features in place. Thankfully, Microsoft knows exactly that and continues to improve and adopt security products and features to combat those threats.