Microsoft 365 Defender with learning paths🔐

Jonas Bøgvad
Jonas Bøgvad

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Let's get an overview of each Microsoft 365 Defender service

Microsoft 365 Defender services

M365 Defender is a comprehensive enterprise security suite that safeguards endpoints, identities, email, and applications. Each service is incorporated into the modern workplace and is an important participant in the security landscape, especially if you already have M365 services like AD DS, Azure AD, Sharepoint, Onedrive, Teams, Exchange, and so on.

What are you waiting for? Let's get started!

For the entire 365 experience, each service requires some configuration and onboarding.

💻Microsoft Defender for Endpoint

Do you want to protect your Endpoints with a unified platform built on the latest technology? Defender for Endpoint uses the newest Endpoint Detection Response method, which destroys traditional Anti-virus scans on any benchmark. A single Endpoint Security solution can protect each Endpoint in our environment. As of now, Microsoft supports almost any Operation System💯

Vulnerability Management

As a security expert, you must be aware of your vulnerabilities on every Endpoint. You receive a TVM assessment report that outlines the vulnerabilities you should focus on.

  • Continuous vulnerability and configuration finding
  • Prioritization based on business context and dynamic threat landscape
  • Correlation of vulnerabilities with endpoint detection and response (EDR) alerts to expose breach insights
  • Machine-level vulnerability context during incident investigations
  • Built-in remediation processes through a unique integration with Microsoft Endpoint Manager

Learn Microsoft Defender for Endpoint

Secure your organization with Microsoft Defender for Endpoint - Learn
This learning path provides an overview of Microsoft Defender for Endpoint and how to use it as part of a cybersecurity solution. Microsoft Defender for Endpoint can help you prevent, detect, investigate, and respond to threats across your organization’s endpoints – your devices and systems.Endpoint…

🆔Microsoft Defender for Identity

We must safeguard our estate if you utilize on-premises Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS), which we almost certainly intend to do for valid cause. We can identify, detect, and investigate threats across all of your user identities on-premises with defender for identity.

Azure AD identity protection

Is Azure AD used in a hybrid or all-cloud environment? It's an obvious decision to enable identity protection. It will automate the discovery and remediation of identity-based vulnerabilities such as impossible travel and password exposures in your Azure AD cloud environment.

Learn Microsoft Defender for Identity

Protect on-premises identities with Microsoft Defender for Cloud for Identity - Learn
Microsoft Defender for Identity is a cloud-based solution to protect on-premises and hybrid identities. Defender for Identity can act both proactively, to eliminate vulnerabilities, and reactively, to detect active threats.

📂Microsoft Defender for office 365

Our emails must be routed through Exchange Online for Defender to protect Office 365. If we are in a hybrid identity state, I strongly advise transitioning to full Exchange online, rather than starting with Hybrid Exchange Online.

Email communications, phishing tactics, user education, links, and other channels will be protected.

Learn Microsoft Defender for office 365

Protect against malicious threats with Microsoft Defender for Office 365 - Learn
Microsoft Defender for Office 365 uses threat protection policies, reports, threat investigation, and response capabilities to safeguard your organization. In this learning path you’ll be introduced to Microsoft Defender for Office 365, get started using it, and finally you’ll learn how to configure…

🍎Microsoft Defender for Cloud Apps

By taking control of your cloud environment, you may improve your security posture. With Microsoft 365 Defender for Cloud Apps, a cloud access security broker (CASB) that gives comprehensive visibility, control over internet traffic, and powerful analytics, you can detect and combat cyber threats across all of your cloud services.

Learn Microsoft Defender for Cloud Apps

Secure your cloud apps and services with Defender for Cloud Apps - Learn
Microsoft Defender for Cloud Apps is a cloud access security broker (CASB) that operates on multiple clouds. It provides rich visibility, control over data travel, and sophisticated analytics to identify and combat cyberthreats across all your cloud services. Learn how to use Defender for Cloud Apps…

🖲️Microsoft Defender for IoT

Defender for Endpoint collaborates with Microsoft Defender for IoT to provide a comprehensive view of our device detection and agentless monitoring capabilities, which include IT networks, Voice over IP, printers, and cameras.

Learn Microsoft Defender for IoT

Introduction to Microsoft Defender for IoT - Learn
Evaluate whether Microsoft Defender for IoT is right for unified asset discovery and security monitoring across your business-critical network environments.

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Evaluate and pilot Microsoft 365 Defender, an XDR solution
What is XDR security? How can you evaluate a Microsoft XDR in Microsoft 365 Defender? Use this blog series to plan your Microsoft 365 Defender trial lab or pilot environment to test and pilot a security solution designed to protect devices, identity, data, and applications. Start your XDR cyber secu…


If you own any of the following licenses, you may be able to use some of the features of depending on your licensing.

  • Microsoft 365 E5 or A5
  • Microsoft 365 E3 with the Microsoft 365 E5 Security add-on
  • Microsoft 365 E3 with the Enterprise Mobility + Security E5 add-on
  • Microsoft 365 A3 with the Microsoft 365 A5 Security add-on
  • Windows 10 Enterprise E5 or A5
  • Windows 11 Enterprise E5 or A5
  • Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS) E5 or A5
  • Office 365 E5 or A5
  • Microsoft Defender for Endpoint
  • Microsoft Defender for Identity
  • Microsoft Defender for Cloud Apps
  • Defender for Office 365 (Plan 2)

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