Commercially released: Microsoft Defender Endpoint Plan 1

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  • Microsoft announced the new Microsoft Defender for Endpoint Plan 1, it is finally at the commercial release stage.
  • Windows, macOS, iOS and Android get extra protection on Plan one at an affordable rate.
  • Plan 2 comes with Plan 1 capabilities plus advanced threat protection, detection, hunting capabilities, deep investigation among others.


Microsoft Defender Endpoint Plan 1 implementation scheduled

On Monday, Microsoft made the announcement that the new Microsoft Defender for Endpoint Plan 1 (P1) had finally reached the general availability commercial release stage

During the Microsoft Ignite online event, the Plan 1 was launched as the new antimalware service for devices that had already been highlighted earlier this month. This led to the existing Microsoft Defender for Endpoint product being renamed to Microsoft Defender for Endpoint Plan 2.

Windows, macOS, iOS and Android can now get extra device security courtesy of Plan one at a lower cost. 

It is already commercially released as a product that can be licensed on a per-user basis. The P1 will also be included in Microsoft 365 E3/A3 subscriptions at the beginning of next year. 

However, the exact release date of when subscribers can actually get the plan is yet to be disclosed. Organizations seeking plain endpoint protection stand to benefit mostly from the P1 plan. 

Services provided

Users also get device-based conditional access that provides extra protection for data and breach prevention and enables a Zero Trust approach.

The P1 plan provides its users with industry-leading antimalware that is cloud-based with in-built AI that helps users prevent ransomware, both known and unknown malware, as well as other threats in their tracks.

The P1 plan also caters for attack surface reduction capabilities that harden the device, it also prevents zero days. Users also gain granular control over access and behaviors on the endpoint. 

Plan 2

On the other hand, Plan 2 is in place for enterprises that require threat-hunting capabilities. The Plan 2 provides users with all the P1 capabilities as well as advanced threat protection, detection, hunting capabilities, deep investigation, advanced SecOps as well as remediation tools.

It is currently available and an existing product. It calls for top-tier E5/A5 licensing, to ensure that everything runs smoothly. During the announcement, links were provided for free previews of both the P1 and P2 products. 

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