Posted by: kurtsh | September 4, 2021

NEWS: Microsoft Defender for Endpoint “Plan 1” – coming to Microsoft 365 E3 subscribers

imageToday, we are excited to announce the preview of a core set of our industry leading prevention and protection capabilities for client endpoints running Windows, macOS, Android, and iOS. This new solution will make it easier for more security teams across the globe to buy and adopt the best of breed fundamentals of Microsoft Defender for Endpoint.

Microsoft is committed to delivering best of breed, multi-platform, and multi-cloud security for all organizations across the globe. Our aim is to offer simplified, comprehensive protection that prevents breaches and enables our customers to innovate and grow. As part of that commitment, we’re excited to offer a foundational set of our market leading endpoint security capabilities for Windows, macOS, Android, and iOS at a lower price in a new solution to be named Microsoft Defender for Endpoint Plan 1 (P1).

With Microsoft Defender for Endpoint P1, customers will get the following core capabilities:

  • Industry leading antimalware that is cloud-based with built-in AI that helps to stop ransomware, known and unknown malware, and other threats in their tracks.
  • Attack surface reduction capabilities that harden the device, prevent zero days, and offer granular control over access and behaviors on the endpoint.
  • Device based conditional access that offers an additional layer of data protection and breach prevention and enables a Zero Trust approach.

During this public preview, organizations can try out Microsoft Defender for Endpoint P1 for free. General availability is estimated to be later this year. Once generally available, Plan 1 will be offered in two ways:

  1. As a standalone SKU licensed per user. Eligible licensed users will be able to use Microsoft Defender for Endpoint Plan 1 on up to five concurrent devices.
  2. Included as part of Microsoft 365 E3/A3 with the same per user model and device entitlements as stated above.

For those customers that already have Microsoft 365 E3/A3, you will automatically get Microsoft Defender for Endpoint P1 capabilities when they become generally available. There will be a few steps you will have to take to enable this – we will share that information in detail closer to general availability.

Read more about this great new addition to Microsoft 365 E3 here:


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