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Microsoft Defender for Business stand-alone now generally available

Microsoft says that its enterprise-grade endpoint security for small to medium-sized businesses is now generally available as a standalone solution.

Known as Microsoft Defender for Business, this product is designed for SMBs with up to 300 employees who need protection against malware, phishing, and ransomware attacks on Windows, macOS, iOS, and Android devices.

“Microsoft believes in security for all. We are proud to further deliver on that vision today,” said Vasu Jakkal, CVP, security, compliance and identity at Microsoft.

Microsoft Defender for Business has started rolling out to Microsoft 365 Business Premium customers worldwide beginning March 1st. Now customers can also get Defender for Business as a standalone license straight from Microsoft and Microsoft Partner Cloud Solution Provider channels at $3 per user per month.

Microsoft 365 Lighthouse integration with Microsoft Defender for Business for IT service providers to view security events across customers, with additional capabilities coming.

In November, Microsoft announced this new security solution at Microsoft Ignite 2021 after a 300% increase in ransomware attacks during 2020.

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