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Microsoft Defender for Endpoint Primary Use Case

GH
Principal Consultant at a tech services company with 201-500 employees

Our use cases, and the way we deploy it, depend on the different situations we encounter.

There may be a company that is already using the Endpoint Protection solution and we have to do a migration.

Another scenario is that a company may be migrating away from another endpoint threat protection solution.

And there are some companies that are already using SCCM, and we may have to go through one of two scenarios. One is to co-manage with what they call Microsoft Endpoint Manager and Configuration Manager. If they are already using SCCM, and only SCCM, we will typically have to go through a process where we integrate SCCM into Endpoint Manager and then they'll usually bring some endpoints into Intune and they'll do a PLC. They have to Azure AD-join or register a device into that so it can be managed through Intune. They may even co-manage it for a while until they fully onboard into Intune only. A lot of people are looking to get away from co-management and managing through Endpoint Manager. But there are some prerequisites to accomplish that.

The endgame for most companies is they want to manage things from Intune only. There are different paths to get there, depending on what they already have in place.

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BS
Systems Manager at SAI Systems

It comes inbuilt with Windows Server and Windows 10, so we are using its latest version. It is deployed centrally on all the platforms, whether it is a virtual environment, a BYOD device, or an office device. It is deployed everywhere. 

All of our users are on Office 365. By default, every user is getting Office 365, and we are also incorporating this into data leak prevention. We have also enabled Azure Active Directory, so policies are deployed directly from our active directory. 

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CEO at Sentree Systems, Corp.

I offer a Security Operation Center (SOC), which is like a person standing and going through the metal detector at the airport. We're like the staff standing there and watching people and then having them send stuff through the conveyor. It is real-time detection and response.

I don't use Microsoft Defender that much. If I come across a client who doesn't want to spend on a different endpoint solution, I just have them use Microsoft Defender that is built into their devices.

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Head of IT at a manufacturing company with 51-200 employees

It is the end defense against anything coming into our computers and through other channels, e.g., we have some other measures. A lot of our users use Microsoft Remote Desktop Services, so all our servers are locked down. The solution handles what nothing else finds along the way. It is a standard endpoint for computers, servers, and tablets.

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IT Administrator at DM-Drogerie Markt

We are one of the major drug stores in Germany. We are located in 13 European countries such as Austria, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, and Poland. I'm working here as an IT Administrator, and I'm focusing on software deployment and antivirus solutions.

Our use case is that we got to have antivirus. Cyber insurance forces us to have an antivirus solution that meets the requirements the insurance has. 

In terms of deployment, we're using Defender without ATP in the old world. For domain-joined clients and on the Intune-managed clients, we use Defender in combination with ATP. The on-prem clients are usually old-school domain-joined clients.

We have its latest version. We always try to be at the newest version.

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MD
Azure Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

Our clients use it for antivirus and anti-malware purposes.

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Cyber Security Specialist at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees

We use it for endpoint detection and response.

The agent is installed on the endpoint, on the laptop or desktop, but it's a SaaS solution.

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TG
Security Consultant at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

The area that I focus on the most is Endpoint Protection. We use Intune to build custom devices and configurations, to push out group policies, and do quite a bit with Azure Log Analytics.  

I'm writing a script from a multi-home deployment of the MMA Agent. The use case varies a lot, depending on the clients' needs. Our clients tend to be pretty big companies. The smallest client I have is about 600 people. Our biggest client is about 50,000.

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RA
Assistant Manager IT at a educational organization with 1,001-5,000 employees

We use Microsoft Defender Antivirus to scan for malicious payloads that may come in files, emails, a USB drive, or another type of external drive. It helps us to identify any malicious load that could compromise the security of any of our systems.

We are in a decentralized environment. We have multiple offices but they are not connected physically. The offices are directly managed from the internet.

We have a mixed environment with Linux and Windows machines.

We operate in the educational sector.

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IT Support Executive at a healthcare company with 51-200 employees

It is an antivirus. It is like any other antivirus, except it comes with Windows and you don't need to install anything extra.

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OP
Security Architect at a comms service provider with 5,001-10,000 employees

The solution is used to protect the endpoint. Also, there's an antivirus and then advanced threat protection. It's also detecting threats and sending that to the cloud and correlating that without the events from other parts of the EMS suites. That's primarily what we are using it for. It is also capable of doing some attack surface reduction that you can configure on the endpoint. It's basic protection plus surveillance. It's also an EDR, however, we are not using that.

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Head, Information Security & Network Operations at a consumer goods company with 10,001+ employees

We combine Microsoft Defender with Advanced Threat Protection to manage, isolate, and scan our laptops and workstations for security threats. We have a dashboard that is embedded into Office 365 and it allows us to remotely scan for viruses and malware, so we don’t have to have the laptop present.

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Navision Consultant and user support at NCPD

I have used Windows Defender to protect my computer from viruses or harmful websites on either flash drives and other removable devices when I am online which tend to attack my computer and corrupt it causing inefficiencies in my computer working processes. 

I usually check from time to time if the hard disks of my computer has been infected and remove the files that are harmful to my systems. Another purpose of this tool is blocking and filtering sites that are harmful or appear threatening to my system.

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KF
Technology Consultant at a computer software company with 51-200 employees

The solution is used for endpoint detection and response, however, it also has vulnerability management. I don't use that as much as the endpoint detection and response. I use it in combination with Cloud App Security and Endpoint Manager.

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Technical Team Lead at Alepo

We use Microsoft Defender Antivirus for antivirus protection as part of our endpoint security solution. It protects our systems against attacks from any virus, malware, or trojan. 

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JC
Technical Support Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

The solution is basically an antivirus and is used to protect users from a number of things. Mainly, the solution protects against cyber-attacks and defends a user from viruses so that files are protected. Of course, it will be very important to have a big antivirus in place so that companies are protected from big attacks. Windows Defender does not really do that.

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Modern Workspace Solution (Technical Specialist - Managing Consultant) at GFI India

We are using this product as part of our EDR solution, and we use it in conjunction with CrowdStrike. We are a solution provider and this is one of the products that we deploy for our clients.

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AA
Delivery Practice Director at a computer software company with 201-500 employees

We use it to protect computers or endpoints from any malicious software, malware, and other viruses. You have to use this one as part of your overall protection plan.

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SA
Cloud Consultant at Brio Technologies Private Limited

This is an endpoint security product. It helps detect and prevent attacks and is very good when it comes to vulnerability assessment. It automatically detects attacks. It provides support for all the end devices, whether it is a Mac OS, Windows, mobiles, Android and iOS, it has support for all. I mostly deal with smaller and medium sized companies, I don't deal much with enterprises. I'm a customer of Microsoft and I work as a solution architect.

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AA
Delivery Practice Director at a computer software company with 201-500 employees

We are a consulting company and we use this product for endpoint protection across the company, as well as for our clients.

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PT
Head Of Information Technology at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees

We primarily use the solution for MDM, MAM, and Find Point.

What we did is we replaced our antivirus with Microsoft Defender. There are three products that we implemented, including the Endpoint Defender, which is deployed to all of our end points.

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Application Manager at Huntington Bancshares Incorporated

We primarily used the solution as Endpoint Detection and protection (EDR, EPP) with secondary benefits of threats and vulnerability management, security incident response, automated query and real-time device monitoring, and with the capability of email security, identity management (DFI), and task automation (Power automate). We used respective licenses where required.

The solution was also used for an endpoint antivirus for workstations in a multi-OS environment, including Windows and Mac OS. We had file, device, and user trajectory monitoring for the security operations team.

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CRM & IT Head at a computer software company with 201-500 employees

We use MWD for detecting malware, viruses and protect from Ransomware.

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AB
Senior Manager at RP Sanjiv Goenka Group

We have a dedicated team that handles all security-related aspects of the solution, however, my understanding is that the solution helps guard the endpoints in our organization. 

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AA
EMEA IT Infrastructure Manager at a consumer goods company with 5,001-10,000 employees

We use it for endpoint security.

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Chief Executive Officer at Apollo Asset Management Company

We are using it as the antivirus as well as the malware protection.

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PT
Product Manager at a comms service provider with 501-1,000 employees

We are a system integrator and I specialize in practically everything that is security-related. This is a product that we sell as part of Office 365, and rarely as a standalone solution.

Usually, if we have a customer with Office 365 and they need this type of solution then we increase the subscription to a point where it is included.

From the user's point of view, this is classic anti-virus software. From a management point of view, this product gives better control over endpoint devices because some processes can be stopped remotely. If you have a person that is watching over the system then they have a higher level of control over endpoints.

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OC
IT Manager at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees

We primarily use this product to get antivirus protection in a cost-effective way.

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CG
Team Lead at a tech services company with 1-10 employees

We primarily use it due to the fact that it comes with the Windows 10 bundle and is free. We use it for security purposes. It scans for viruses and malware for us.

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MM
Project Director at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees

Windows Security Essentials is available on Windows 7 and Windows 10. I'm using Windows Defender, and the agent is deployed on-premises on my laptop. I don't know if it has some background cloud services.

I use it for flash memories, portable memories, real-time scanning, threat protection, and capturing the data downloaded from the internet.

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JN
Manager of Information Systems at a engineering company with 51-200 employees

We use it at home on some personal machines at home, and there are a few machines inside of the Enterprise that has it.

We use this solution for general antivirus protection.

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MH
Managing Director at FORESEC

We are using it for protection. We had a request from one of our customers, and we just started to implement it. We don't have any great idea about it. We are in the process of implementing it for the first time.

We are using its latest version. It is on-prem. The problem with going for a cloud version is that most of our customers prefer to work with on-prem solutions. So, we need all the features to be available on-prem as well as on the cloud.

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KM
Owner at a tech services company with 1-10 employees

We use this solution and we also implement it for customers. We mainly use it for its anti-malware and threat protection capabilities. If a client comes to us who uses Office 365, then we suggest this solution.

At the moment we have between 10 to 50 customers.

We definitely plan to keep using this solution. We're currently just pushing out all other solutions because they're not integrated and they have additional deployment costs. The only thing which is a bit peculiar is that you need to convince the customer that you're not talking about an antivirus solution. If we do, then they end up comparing things that are incomparable.

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VS
Specialist Consultant in Microsoft Security at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees

We use it for antivirus. You can use it for malware and Zero Trust. Some people use it for fact-checking too. I can also use it with Intune, which is good. 

We deploy Microsoft Defender on all kinds of devices, including Microsoft, iOS, and Mac.

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Solution Architect at KIAN company

This product is our antivirus for Windows 10 machines, Windows Server 2016, and in our Azure environment. In addition to this, we have a project for an oil company that is implemented in Azure, and we had to migrate the majority of their systems to that platform. Once the migration was complete, we configured Windows Defender as its antivirus.

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NK
Senior IT Manager at a pharma/biotech company with 501-1,000 employees

We are using Microsoft Defender ATP to prevent anti-phishing, malware transportation, and unwanted spam emails.

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Director at Darknext

Our primary use case of this solution is to protect our endpoints from malware.

A lot of our work involves exchanging files with clients, both via the internet, by email and by USB. Therefore, we are susceptible to malware and ransomware attacks. We are using this solution to protect against these attacks.

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PT
Head Of Information Technology at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees

We replaced our antivirus with Microsoft Defender, and we are implementing three products. We have Microsoft Defender for Endpoint, which is deployed on all our endpoints. We also have Microsoft Defender for Office, which works very well to protect Office documents. 

We are using this solution for MDM and MAM for the endpoints. We are using its latest version.

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PR
Consulting Director at a tech services company with 5,001-10,000 employees

I'm a consultant and I don't use these solutions. We sell them and we do research for sales purposes.

I don't use it explicitly. Rather, it's there on my laptop filtering viruses. It's there to protect my laptop.

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FF
Engineer at a educational organization with 5,001-10,000 employees

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.

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MS
VMware and Windows Server Team Lead with 1,001-5,000 employees

We are using Microsoft Windows Defender for Windows services because it is the default antivirus and protection solution with Windows Server 2016 and 2019. We are using it for Windows servers, file servers, and active directory.

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TP
IT Engineer at a real estate/law firm with 201-500 employees

Microsoft Defender for Endpoint can be used for protecting personal information and file in my organization.

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JS
Manager Cyber Defense Operations Centre at a tech services company with 201-500 employees

I installed Windows Defender for personal use for my protection of my personal PC. I use it as an antivirus system so that I do not have any exposure to viruses on my PC. Obviously, I do not want to leave my PC open to virus threats. I have only used it on my personal PCs with the license I got for Office 365. I keep my patches and descriptions updated on my PC.  

Defender is installed only one one of my laptops. I am sure I will continue using it there as long as the licensing is valid.  

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AC
Technical Director at Systex Software

I am a Taiwan sole company reseller. We sell commercial software to enterprise customers.

I use the Microsoft Defender for scanning the antivirus or some hacker tools.

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Professional Prospect List Building Service Provider, Email Sourcer, Virtual Assistant at Freelance

I primarily use this solution for the safety of my PC. It protects me against ransomware and other types of viruses.

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Manager-Information System & Product Management at a tech services company with 1-10 employees

We use Microsoft Windows Defender for normal internet security. We use it to detect viruses. We have about 100 users.

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Cyber Security Specialist at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees

We use it for our endpoint detection and response capability.

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Assistant Manager – IT Infrastructure at a manufacturing company with 201-500 employees

We are using this solution for threat detection.

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CG
Director, IT at a financial services firm with 201-500 employees

We have this security solution activated on 10 different Windows PCs, and we have it for Office 365 products as well.

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EG
Information Security Engineer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees

We use the most up-to-date version. 

Our primary use case is for basic EDRs for simple interfaces.

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CM
Chief Executive Officer at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees

We primarily use the solution for cloud security. It was used for threat detection and endpoint to endpoint.

The product can be used for organizations that use Microsoft as their primary security defender and need zero-day threat protection. It's good for companies that want to make sure there are no threats or attacks on their information.

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JL
Managing Director at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees

There are endpoints that are not in our organization's network but are connected directly to the web. We use Microsoft Defender for the antivirus.

We are not dealing with this solution daily, just when there is an issue from time to time.

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Subject Matter Expert at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees

It's used to protect endpoints and, for some customers, it is used to deploy Microsoft 365 suite features. Most of our clients are medium-sized businesses.

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Systems Administrator at a transportation company with 201-500 employees

Within our company, there are roughly 400-500 users of this solution.

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KR
Information Technology Administrator at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

We use Microsoft Defender Antivirus as part of our security solution.

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MK
Cyber Security BA/BSA at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees

Usually, the solution is used in relation to keys management. We implemented a program for it, for the lifecycle of the keys. We've also used it for certificate management.

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CD
Security Specialist at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees

The primary use of this solution is for the detection of malware and to stop phishing. 

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Systeem beheerder at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees

Just as the name states, we use this solution to defend endpoints. 

We're actually in the process of moving away from this solution. We are beginning to use SentinelOne.

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JA
Technical Manager at a comms service provider with 11-50 employees

We use this solution for business security protection.

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WC
Head of Information Security with 51-200 employees

I use it mostly to detect threats or viruses. I am using its latest version.

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PJ
Head - IT Operations & Enterprise Systems Support at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees

Our primary use is for protection against malware.

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Sales Director at CLoud3 Solutions Pte Ltd

Microsoft Defender for Endpoint is integrated into Microsoft Windows and is used for system protection.

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JV
Cyber Security Engineer at a manufacturing company with 5,001-10,000 employees

We use this solution to protect and blocks any threats. We use it for protection.

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SV
QA Test Lead at a insurance company with 501-1,000 employees

We use this solution mainly for safeguarding online use of laptops. 

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Senior System Administrator at Debre Markos University

I use Microsoft Defender for Endpoint protection on my personal computer.

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AK
Co-Founder at a tech services company with 1-10 employees

It is installed on my personal computer. I use it to protect my personal computer.

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AL
Technical Project Manager at a computer software company with 10,001+ employees

I am using the solution for personal data protection.

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IT Manager at a pharma/biotech company with 201-500 employees

Microsoft Windows Defender is used to protect against malware.

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