Microsoft Defender for Endpoint Review

Pre-installed, free, and easy to use, but the free version doesn't provide centralized management, EDR, and behavioral analysis

What is our primary use case?

We were using the basic endpoint from Sophos without Intercept X and the EDR model, and currently, we are in the selection process of a new platform that has EDR embedded. We are using Microsoft Defender Antivirus for the time being till we get the new platform.

What is most valuable?

It is easy to use because it is already pre-installed in Windows 10. We don't have to do anything to configure it. You can also configure the firewall by using a group policy so that it can be easily adopted in an environment.

What needs improvement?

Microsoft Defender in the basic form is not very useful for managing the security environment. The free version is not capable of covering the needs of centralized management, EDR, and behavioral analysis. If you don't have the commercial version, you can't have centralized management and set up the policies and other things. Each client is a standalone installation, which is not useful for security in an enterprise model.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for six months.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Currently, we have about 2,000 users.

How are customer service and technical support?

I didn't use support for this solution.

How was the initial setup?

It was already pre-installed in Windows 10.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

It is free. It is included in Windows 10.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We are using Microsoft Defender only for the time being. We will switch to another endpoint platform that can offer us more advanced features, centralized management, and EDR. We have not chosen the solution at the moment, but we might go for Bitdefender. It is one of the products that we have evaluated, and it can be suitable for our environment. It has some use cases that are really in the same line as our requirements.

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend this solution only for small home environments. It is not for enterprise environments unless you buy the commercial version.

I would rate Microsoft Defender Antivirus a seven out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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