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Microsoft Defender for Endpoint!

You’ve heard about Microsoft Defender for Endpoint, haven’t you? It’s that smart solution that acts like a superhero for your organization’s devices, protecting against all those nasty cyber threats.

And guess what? Today, We’re going to tell you how you and your organization can jump on the Defender train. And yes, we’re going to take a look at the Microsoft Learn courses too, because they’re worth their weight in gold!

Step 1: Preparation (Everyone likes a good start, right?)

Before we dive into the world of Defender, we need to do some groundwork.

  • Update your devices (Windows 10 version 1709 or later, please!).
  • Sort out your proxy and internet settings so that everything can communicate nicely with each other.
  • Acquire Defender for Endpoint: You do this via Microsoft 365 E3, which includes Defender for Endpoint Plan 1, or Microsoft 365 E5, which includes Defender for Endpoint Plan 2.
  • Assign those important licenses to your users: To see your current licenses, go to the Azure portal to the Microsoft Azure portal license section.
  • Set up your cloud instance with some basic company information.

Step 2: Take Control of the Microsoft Defender Portal

Once you have your foundation in place, it’s time to check out the Microsoft Defender Portal. This is your control panel! We use something called Role-Based Access Control (RBAC) to give the right people the right permissions. Choose from predefined roles or mix and match your own.

The Microsoft Defender Portal is the place where you and your security team get the power to configure and manage Defender for Endpoint.

🔑 Permissions – The key to control

When it comes to granting access to the portal, you have two main options: basic permissions or the more finely tuned tool, Role-Based Access Control (RBAC).

With RBAC, you get detailed control over who can do what, which is excellent for keeping things organized and secure.

🎭 Role assignment – Determining who does what

Role-Based Access Control is an effective way to manage permissions in cybersecurity. Think of it as assigning specific roles within a team – each security administrator or operator gets a set of permissions that suits their role. It’s like customizing their toolbox for cybersecurity.

⚙️ Configuring RBAC – Intune is your friend

To fine-tune these permissions, we recommend using Intune, especially if you are working with a mix of different operating systems. It’s like having a master key for all your devices. To become an expert in this, check out [Configure RBAC with Intune].

🔄 Other options – If Intune isn’t the right fit

If Intune doesn’t seem right for your organization, don’t worry, there are other paths:

  • Configuration Manager: A robust alternative for those who prefer traditional methods.
  • Advanced Group Policy Management: Perfect for those who like to get into the details.
  • Windows Admin Center: A great choice for those focused on Windows environments.

Step 3: Maximize device security

Now that we’re in the portal, let’s talk about boosting your device security. Microsoft Secure Score for Devices is your new best friend here. It gives you a score based on your security status and tips on how to improve even further. By using Microsoft Secure Score, you can assess your security posture and gain insights into how to enhance the security level of your identity management.

If you need help, we can guide you in the implementation, recommending actions to strengthen your security position. Read more here

Summary: Let’s pack our bags

Okay, now you know the basics of migrating to Defender for Endpoint. Remember, we talked about:

  • Preparation – Do your homework!
  • The Control Panel – Who gets to do what?
  • Security Boost – How secure are you really?

Feeling excited? Perfect! If you want more in-depth information, check out those Microsoft Learn courses I mentioned. They’re like a treasure trove of information.

🌟 Thanks for sticking with us! And remember, if you need a guide through the Defender jungle, we’re just a click away. Happy Defending!


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