Configure automated investigation and remediation capabilities in Microsoft Defender for Endpoint

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If your organization is using Defender for Endpoint (or Defender for Business), automated investigation and remediation capabilities can save your security operations team time and effort. As outlined in this blog post, these capabilities mimic the ideal steps that a security analyst takes to investigate and remediate threats. Learn more about automated investigation and remediation.

If you're using Defender for Endpoint, you can specify an automation level so that when a threat is detected on a device, the entity can be remediated automatically or only upon approval by your security team. You can configure automated investigation and remediation with device groups.


In Defender for Business, automated investigation is configured automatically. See advanced features.

Set up device groups

  1. In the Microsoft Defender portal (, on the Settings page, under Permissions, select Device groups.

  2. Select + Add device group.

  3. Create at least one device group, as follows:

    • Specify a name and description for the device group.
    • In the Automation level list, select a level, such as Full - remediate threats automatically. The automation level determines whether remediation actions are taken automatically, or only upon approval. To learn more, see Automation levels in automated investigation and remediation.
    • In the Members section, use one or more conditions to identify and include devices.
  4. Select Done when you're finished setting up your device group.


The Automated Investigation option has been removed from the advanced features setting in Defender for Endpoint. Automated investigation is now enabled by default.

Next steps

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