Compare Microsoft endpoint security plans

Microsoft endpoint security plans, such as Microsoft Defender for Endpoint and Microsoft 365 Defender, were designed to help enterprise organizations prevent, detect, investigate, and respond to advanced threats. Microsoft Defender for Business and Microsoft 365 Business Premium provide similar capabilities, optimized for small and medium-sized businesses. These plans provide advanced threat protection with antivirus and antimalware protection, ransomware mitigation, and more, together with centralized management and reporting.

This article helps clarify what's included in the following plans:

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This article provides a summary of threat protection capabilities in Microsoft endpoint security plans; however, it's not intended to be a service description or licensing contract document. For more detailed information, see the following resources:

Compare Microsoft endpoint security plans

The following table summarizes what's included in Microsoft endpoint security plans.

Plan What's included
Defender for Endpoint Plan 1 - Next-generation protection (includes antimalware and antivirus)
- Attack surface reduction
- Manual response actions
- Centralized management
- Security reports
- APIs
- Support for Windows 10, iOS, Android OS, and macOS devices
Defender for Endpoint Plan 2 All of the Defender for Endpoint Plan 1 capabilities, plus:
- Device discovery
- Device inventory
- Core Defender Vulnerability Management capabilities
- Threat Analytics
- Automated investigation and response
- Advanced hunting
- Endpoint detection and response
- Endpoint Attack Notifications
- Support for Windows (client only) and non-Windows platforms (macOS, iOS, Android, and Linux)
Defender Vulnerability Management add-on More Defender Vulnerability Management capabilities for Defender for Endpoint Plan 2:
- Security baselines assessment
- Block vulnerable applications
- Browser extensions
- Digital certificate assessment
- Network share analysis
- Support for Windows (client and server) and non-Windows platforms (macOS, iOS, Android, and Linux)
Defender for Business [1] Services optimized for small and medium-sized businesses include:
- Email protection
- Antispam protection
- Antimalware protection
- Next-generation protection
- Attack surface reduction
- Endpoint detection and response
- Automated investigation and response
- Vulnerability management
- Centralized reporting
- APIs (for integration with custom apps or reporting solutions)
- Integration with Microsoft 365 Lighthouse

(1) Microsoft Defender for Business is available as a standalone subscription for small and medium-sized businesses. It's also included as part of Microsoft 365 Business Premium. These plans feature advanced security capabilities with a simplified setup and configuration experience. See Compare Microsoft Defender for Business to Microsoft 365 Business Premium.

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For more detailed information, see the following resources:

Options for onboarding servers

Defender for Endpoint Plan 1 and 2 (standalone), Defender for Business (standalone), and Microsoft 365 Business Premium don't include server licenses. To onboard servers, choose from the following options:

Mixed licensing scenarios

Suppose that your organization is using a mix of Microsoft endpoint security subscriptions, such as Defender for Endpoint Plan 1 and Defender for Endpoint Plan 2. Currently, the highest functional Microsoft endpoint security subscription sets the experience for your tenant. In this example, your tenant experience would be Defender for Endpoint Plan 2 for all users.

However, you can contact support and request an override for your tenant experience. That is, you could request an override to keep the Defender for Endpoint Plan 1 experience for all users.

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If your organization is a small or medium-sized business, see What happens if I have a mix of Microsoft endpoint security subscriptions?

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