On August 31, 2021, Microsoft Defender for Endpoint was rebranded as Microsoft Defender for Endpoint Plan 2, with a foundational subset of functionality being made available as a Plan 1.
Effective November 1, 2021, Microsoft Defender for Endpoint Plan 1 is generally available. It may be licensed as a standalone license with eligible licensed users being able to use it on up to five concurrent devices.
Effective January 14, 2022, Microsoft Defender for Endpoint Plan 1 is automatically included in Microsoft 365 E3/A3 licenses.
The Microsoft Defender for Endpoint Plan 1 offers the following core capabilities:
- Industry leading antimalware that is cloud-based with built-in AI that helps to stop ransomware, known and unknown malware, and other threats in their tracks.
- Attack surface reduction capabilities that harden the device, prevent zero days, and offer granular control over access and behaviors on the endpoint.
- Device based conditional access that offers an additional layer of data protection and breach prevention and enables a Zero Trust approach.
For the announcement of Microsoft Defender for Endpoint Plan 1 and 2, please visit: https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/microsoft-defender-for-endpoint/introducing-microsoft-defender-for-endpoint-plan-1/ba-p/2636641.
For a useful chart comparing Plan 1 to Plan 2, please visit: https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/microsoft-defender-for-endpoint/microsoft-defender-for-endpoint-plan-1-now-generally-available/ba-p/2966231.
For the announcement of Defender for Endpoint Plan 1 now being automatically included in Microsoft 365 E3/A3 licenses, please visit: https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/microsoft-defender-for-endpoint/microsoft-defender-for-endpoint-plan-1-now-included-in-m365-e3/ba-p/3060639.
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