Microsoft Defender for Endpoint (formerly Microsoft Defender ATP)

Microsoft Defender for Endpoint (formerly Microsoft Defender ATP)

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Score 8.8 out of 100
Microsoft Defender for Endpoint (formerly Microsoft Defender ATP)


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Centralized Management (6)


Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR) (6)


Anti-Exploit Technology (6)


Infection Remediation (6)


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What is Microsoft Defender for Endpoint (formerly Microsoft Defender ATP)?

Microsoft Defender for Endpoint (formerly Microsoft Defender ATP) is a holistic, cloud delivered endpoint security solution that includes risk-based vulnerability management and assessment, attack surface reduction, behavioral based and cloud-powered next generation protection, endpoint detection and response (EDR), automatic investigation and remediation, managed hunting services, rich APIs, and unified security management.

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Deployment TypesOn-premise
Operating SystemsWindows
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What is Microsoft Defender for Endpoint (formerly Microsoft Defender ATP)?

Microsoft Defender for Endpoint (formerly Microsoft Defender ATP) is a holistic, cloud delivered endpoint security solution that includes risk-based vulnerability management and assessment, attack surface reduction, behavioral based and cloud-powered next generation protection, endpoint detection and response (EDR), automatic investigation and remediation, managed hunting services, rich APIs, and unified security management.

What is Microsoft Defender for Endpoint (formerly Microsoft Defender ATP)'s best feature?

Reviewers rate Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR) and Centralized Management and Vulnerability Management highest, with a score of 9.6.

Who uses Microsoft Defender for Endpoint (formerly Microsoft Defender ATP)?

The most common users of Microsoft Defender for Endpoint (formerly Microsoft Defender ATP) are from Enterprises (1,001+ employees) and the Information Technology & Services industry.

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Score 9 out of 10
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Verified User
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My company utilizes Defender for Endpoint across all end point devices, including Windows and Linux servers. For me, Defender's capabilities are above any other AV tool I previously used. Some of the main benefits for us are:
  • Cloud Console
  • Cloud based updates
  • Live protection
Additionally, we use the EDR capability extensively. It has made life easer for our SOC team.
  • AV/Malware protection
  • Vulnerability Management
  • End Point Detection and Response (EDR)
  • Onboarding devices
  • Device configuration can be challenging
  • In order to use this product to its full capabilities, Intune will be required
Live Protection works well, it almost renders scheduled scans pointless.
Vulnerability management is a nice feature. It allows for vulnerabilities to be factored in for an overall exposure score.
Secure Score .
We utilize EDR as well. It makes easier for our Incident Response team to built a timeline. We're using Defender more when it comes to IR.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Review Source
We use it organization-wide. Defender has addressed malware, phishing, and viruses (trojans). This has significantly decreased our issues and potential exposure.
  • Great dashboard for the techs on the end of support
  • Provides good notifications for the user
  • Does a great job quarantining questionable emails that may have suspicious links.
  • Stop changing the product name - creates confusion at times
[Microsoft Defender is a] great product for standard office users. It does not become a resource hog, yet does the job well.
Joe Aldeguer | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Verified User
Review Source
MDE is Microsoft's latest cybersecurity tool which takes a holistic approach to protect my organization from known and zero-day threats. I love the fact that I don't need to stitch together a diverse solution to increase my organization's security posture. I only have to use one login to manage my dashboard. MDE is compatible with all endpoints in my organization. I have macOS, iOS, Windows server, Windows 10, and Ubuntu Linux on-boarded. It is an EDR, XDR that is mapped against the MITRE ATT&CK framework.
  • Compatible with macOS, iOS, Android, Windows Server, Windows 10 and Linux
  • It runs natively on Windows it is not a bolted on solution. Once you have the correct license it is easy enough to light up the application to protect the endpoint
  • Integrated with Microsoft Intune
  • It is designed to detect and remediate adversary tactics from the MITRE knowledge base.
  • Microsoft analyzes billions of signals daily to detect attacks against O365 tenants these same signals are fed into ML to further fine-tune MDE. How many other solutions out there will have access to this vast amount of data to analyze to train their ML?
  • Automated detection and remediation of threats with a graphical timeline view of how the treat got into the device and was stopped
  • It has its own vulnerability scanner to feed data into the dashboard so you can see daily which endpoints need to be patch first based on its value
  • It comes with an advanced hunting tool using the kusto query language to search your tenant for threats
  • It can keep 180 days of log data
  • From one bundled license I can protect Exchange online email, Sharepoint, Microsoft Teams, One Drive, Azure identities, AD, endpoints
  • Web filtering on the macOS it not available yet
  • They recently made it easier to on-board macOS endpoints using Microsoft Intune by deploying it as an app. It used to take a lot of more configuration profiles to set up. For older macOS Sierra using the older extensions it will still require the multiple steps to on-board to MDE
  • They need to integrate Microsoft Cloud app into the new dashboard of MDE
  • Reduce the memory overhead of the mdatp agent running on Linux
Small or large organizations will benefit from using MDE. They need to provide a way to buy MDE as a standalone add-on product not only make it a bundled feature in Microsoft 365 E5. I wish it had the ability to deploy updates to 3rd party apps when the vulnerability scanner discovers a vulnerability. Currently, I have to use a 3rd party tool to address this gap.
The first time I tried to onboard my macOS endpoints to MDE I struggled for quite a bit. I had to reach out to Microsoft's MDE support team. The tech was very helpful in walking me through the steps during a screen share session.
Score 10 out of 10
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Verified User
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We use Microsoft Defender ATP to get visibility into systems, as well as provide antivirus protection for our Microsoft 365 resources. We currently have it set up for just our IT department and a select few users as we consider transitioning our entire organization away from our current, more traditional Antivirus to something like ATP.
  • Visibility: It's great to be able to see what KBs are missing, etc.
  • Lightweight AV protection built on the already included Windows Defender Application
  • Deployment: We've had some issues deploying, especially outside of the Windows environment.
  • Offboarding: There is currently no way to delete a computer. They disappear over time. We even renamed a computer, and it kept both the old and new name in there. Eventually, the older machines do go away, but there is no manual way to do this at the moment.
Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection is the perfect solution for a company that is completely invested in a Microsoft environment. We have Windows 10 machines joining our Azure Active Directory. We use Exchange Online for emails, and it feels like Defender ATP gives you visibility into each and every corner of our environment. It's super lightweight and fairly easy to deploy (though we had some isolated difficulties), and end users seem to not notice it, which is, in my opinion, a very positive thing.

Where it may not be great is in mixed-OS environments. It requires a bit of determination to get ATP installed on OSX or Linux. While these platforms do get fewer viruses in general, it's good to have the layer of visibility and security for web and browser based threats.
Every time I've had a question or a problem, I was able to get it addressed quickly. Microsoft has a huge database for ATP support, and it has contained 90% of what I have looked for. It was a lifesaver during initial setup.
Score 7 out of 10
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Verified User
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Microsoft Defender is being used across our organization by all the departments. The major reason why we are using the software is, of course, data protection. In this day and age, when data has become such a valuable asset, one needs to keep their data safe from hackers or rival companies.
  • One of the undeniable strengths of Windows Defender is that it is free. It already comes packaged with Windows. You don't have to install separately or pay extra for the excellent kind of protection it provides.
  • Unlike all the other anti-virus software out there, the service is very light on the system and one doesn't even get to know when a background check is going on in the background. I never had to open the application to run scans. It automatically keeps running in the background and informs if anything fishy is going on in the background.
  • When it comes to the latest threats and malware, it is not the most updated antivirus software in the market. It can always benefit from quick virus definition updates.
  • It is not a complex antivirus solution when it comes to its feature sets. People who are finicky about each and every feature will be a little disappointed with the lack of options/settings available to configure the antivirus.
In my opinion, It is well suited for small start-ups and entrepreneurs who have just started doing business. But when the amount of client data that you hold increases, you should not completely rely on Windows Defender. Another paid antivirus will definitely be recommended. But, I think they have really stepped up their game recently in terms of updating the software and virus definitions.
I gave it a 7 out of 10 as I feel that there is still a lot of room for improvement. I remember how back in the day the software was looked down upon because of it being an unreliable and inefficient antivirus. But, Microsoft has really put in the hard work and made it worthy for it to be comparable to all the other security services out there.
Score 8 out of 10
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Verified User
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We use MS Defender ATP on all of our systems. It uses low resources compared to other AV providers and full integration into Windows OS. You don't experience the breakage that happens when you have a 3rd part AV providers when there are feature roll-up updates and hotfixes issued by Microsoft. Also is MS ATP is competitive compared to 3rd part AV providers.
  • It does not take up a lot of system resources, unlike other 3rd part AV providers.
  • Integrated into the MS product line without having to touch it too much, unlike 3rd part AV providers.
  • Easy to set-up and manage endpoints.
  • It does not break Windows OS like 3rd party AV providers whenever a patch or roll updated is deployed.
  • Detection rates are less than some of the competitors out there.
  • Too many false positives with 3rd part applications.
  • For smaller deployments can get expensive compared to competitors.
MS ATP is great for any organization that wants to protect itself from AV, malware, spyware, and ransomware threats. I can't imagine any organization doing without an AV protection provider. Small deployment can get expensive compared to the competition.
MS ATP has great integration into the MS Product line but some 3rd party application throws false-positive results. For smaller deployments, MS ATP can be expensive compared to 3rd party providers. But overall the performance and detection have been great with MS ATP.
Score 8 out of 10
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Verified User
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This is the main threat protection software being used all across the University. It is used to monitor threats/viruses/malware, etc. that occur on users machines. It is pre-configured on all computers that connect to the network. This ensures that users don't really need to worry about installing threat protection software on their individual computers, or worry about configuring settings.

It address the business problem of helping to protect every computer that connects to the network, or that connects to the domain. All policies/settings get pushed down to the clients that are installed on the individual machines. There doesn't need to be user interaction to get this done
  • It is great at proactively monitoring threats across the network. It works seamlessly with the client to monitor individual user computers, and it has a good real-time scanning engine.
  • On the client side, Windows Defender doesn't require a whole lot of system resources to run, nor will it create unnessary slowdowns of a computer, even while scanning for threats
  • We've noticed one issue with the SmartScreen filter settings on the client and trying to install programs. If the Administrator sets the setting to Block on the server side, then this might interfere with some programs trying to get installed on the client side. Microsoft should look into this issue, and maybe offer more sub-settings for the Block option
  • Noticed that Windows Defender will occassionally do a system scan on a client during business hours, even though on the server side, scans are set for the middle of the night. This does not occur on all endpoints, or at all times, but tends to be random
It would be well suited in an environment where most all your endpoints are Windows-based computers, as Windows Defender is already built into the operating system, so there is no client to have to worry about installing. It also will make the management of endpoints easier on the server side, if most all machines are Windows-based.

It might be less of ideal solution if a company/organization were looking for something more robust, or had a lot more features/configuration settings. It also might be less ideal for a company/organization that was looking for a product that didn't have a high detection rate of false positives
Overall support is really good for this product. Since it's a Microsoft product, you will get good support from a number of different resources, including knowledgebase articles on the web, support from Microsoft technicians, and documentation (which tends to very thorough). Also, there is a vast user support community for this product, so user support forums would also be another valuable channel to get help if needed. I don't envision too many people will have issues/problems with the product, as it tends to run good overall.
Danilo Soares Peres | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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Verified User
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Windows Defender is used in my company on all of our computers to protect against virus and intruders. All computers use the Windows 7 or Windows 10 operating system and so Defender has a good integration on these computers. So it is one of the main defenses of my company against hackers and other things.
  • Low impact on computer performance.
  • Easy-to-use interface.
  • Several settings that help you customize the software.
  • Virus detection rates are below competitors.
  • Too many notifications that end up bothering.
  • Do not ask every time if you should send reports to Microsoft.
Windows Defender is highly recommended for company employee's computers because it will be able to detect most viruses and protect files well without slowing down the computer. I recommend using it with Windows 10 as it is already natively in the system and works very well on it, and is always updating on Windows updates.