Microsoft has announced a brand-new security suite designed specifically for the threats faced by small and medium-sized businesses with 300 employees or fewer.

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Entering public preview later this month, it will be available as a standalone product for businesses to purchase at a rate of $3 (£2.20) per user, or alternatively the new tools will be available as part of a Microsoft 365 Business Premium subscription.

A look at the user interface on Microsoft's Defender for Business product

Specifically designed to protect businesses against malware and ransomware across Windows, macOS, iOS, and Android devices, Defender for Business will have the following features:

  • Threat and vulnerability management
  • Attack surface reduction
  • Endpoint detection and response (EDR)
  • Automated investigation and remediation 
  • APIs and integration

IT managed service providers will also have the option to use Microsoft Defender for Business with Microsoft 365 Lighthouse, applying the product’s endpoint security production for multiple customers as they monitor security events with a multi customer view.

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Almost 60% of SMBs report not feeling adequately equipped to contend with today’s ever-widening cyber security threat landscape, citing insufficient resources and a lack of specialised security skills as the reason. 

Microsoft said Defender for Business requires no specialist knowledge in order to install and manage effectively. It has a wizard driven set-up and it will recommend security policies out of the box to expedite the process.