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How Microsoft Defender and EDR Can Protect Your Small Business from Cyber Threats

Cybersecurity is a critical issue for small businesses, as they face the same risks and challenges as larger enterprises, but often lack the resources and expertise to deal with them. According to a recent report by the Federation of Small Businesses, 46% of UK small businesses have been targeted by cybercriminals in the past 12 months, and the average cost of a cyberattack is £3,000.

Small businesses need a comprehensive and integrated cybersecurity solution that can protect them from the most common and sophisticated cyber threats, such as ransomware, phishing, malware, and data breaches. That's why Microsoft Defender, the industry-leading security platform from Microsoft, is the ideal choice for small businesses that want to secure their IT environment and stay ahead of the competition.

What is Microsoft Defender?

Microsoft Defender is a cloud-based security platform that provides end-to-end protection for your small business across endpoints, email, cloud, and identity. It leverages the power of artificial intelligence, machine learning, and behavioural analytics to detect and prevent cyberattacks in real time, and to respond and remediate them quickly and efficiently.

Microsoft Defender consists of four main components:

Microsoft Defender for Endpoint: A unified endpoint security solution that protects your devices (such as laptops, desktops, tablets, and smartphones) from malware, ransomware, and other threats. It also provides advanced threat hunting, investigation, and response capabilities, as well as vulnerability management and device health monitoring.

Microsoft Defender for Office 365: A cloud-based email and collaboration security solution that protects your email, SharePoint, OneDrive, and Teams from phishing, spam, malware, and other malicious content. It also provides data loss prevention, encryption, and archiving features, as well as threat intelligence and incident response tools.

Microsoft Defender for Cloud: A cloud workload protection solution that protects your cloud applications and infrastructure (such as Azure, AWS, and Google Cloud) from cyberattacks. It also provides visibility, compliance, and governance features, as well as cloud security posture management and cloud threat hunting capabilities.

Microsoft Defender for Identity: An identity and access management solution that protects your users and their credentials from identity-based attacks, such as password spraying, credential theft, and privilege escalation. It also provides identity protection, conditional access, and multi-factor authentication features, as well as identity threat investigation and response tools.

What is EDR?

EDR stands for Endpoint Detection and Response, a cybersecurity technology that monitors and analyses the activity and behaviour of your endpoints, and alerts you of any suspicious or malicious events. EDR also enables you to investigate and respond to incidents, and to contain and remediate threats.

EDR is a key feature of Microsoft Defender for Endpoint, which provides you with a rich and interactive dashboard that shows you the status and health of your endpoints, as well as the alerts and incidents that require your attention. You can also drill down into the details of each alert and incident, and see the timeline, scope, impact, and root cause of the attack. You can also use the built-in tools and actions to isolate, quarantine, or remove affected devices, files, or processes, and to restore your endpoints to a healthy state.

EDR is essential for small businesses, as it helps you to detect and stop cyberattacks that may bypass your traditional antivirus or firewall solutions, and to reduce the dwell time and damage of the attackers. EDR also helps you to comply with the regulatory and industry standards, such as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Cyber Essentials scheme, that require you to have adequate security measures and incident response capabilities.

Why Choose Microsoft Defender and EDR for Your Small Business?

Microsoft Defender and EDR offer many benefits and advantages for your small business, such as:

Comprehensive and integrated protection: Microsoft Defender and EDR provide you with a complete and holistic security solution that covers all your IT assets and scenarios, from your devices and email, to your cloud and identity. You can manage and monitor your security posture from a single console, and leverage the seamless integration with other Microsoft products and services, such as Windows 10, Office 365, Azure, and Microsoft 365.

Advanced and intelligent detection and prevention: Microsoft Defender and EDR use the latest and most innovative security technologies, such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, and behavioural analytics, to detect and prevent cyberattacks in real time, and to adapt and evolve with the changing threat landscape. You can also benefit from the global threat intelligence and expertise of Microsoft, which processes over 8 trillion signals per day, and protects over 1 billion devices and 400 million users worldwide.

Fast and efficient response and remediation: Microsoft Defender and EDR enable you to respond and remediate cyberattacks quickly and efficiently, and to minimise the impact and disruption to your business. You can use the automated and guided tools and actions to investigate and resolve incidents, and to contain and remove threats. You can also leverage the best practices and recommendations from Microsoft, which provide you with actionable and prioritised steps to improve your security hygiene and resilience.

Cost-effective and scalable solution: Microsoft Defender and EDR provide you with a cost-effective and scalable security solution that fits your budget and needs. You can pay as you go, and only for what you use, and you can easily add or remove users and devices as your business grows or changes. You can also save on the costs and complexity of maintaining multiple security products and vendors, and benefit from the reliability and performance of the cloud.

How to Get Started with Microsoft Defender and EDR for Your Small Business?

If you are interested in getting started with Microsoft Defender and EDR for your small business, you can join us for our second free webinar in partnership with Microsoft. In this webinar, you will learn more about the common cyber risks and challenges faced by UK SMBs, and how Microsoft Defender and EDR can help you prevent, detect, and respond to cyberattacks across endpoints, email, cloud, and identity. You will also learn how Mason Infotech, a leading Microsoft partner and MSP, can help you implement and manage Microsoft Defender and EDR across your existing Microsoft environment.

This event is scheduled for Friday 26th January 2024 at 2:00pm. It will last for around 90 minutes and will end with a Q&A, where you will get the opportunity to ask your questions to our experts.

To register, simply fill out the form below. You will receive a confirmation email with webinar details and instructions.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn how Microsoft Defender and EDR can help you secure your business and stay ahead of the competition. We look forward to seeing you at the webinar!

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