Microsoft Defender combine now Microsoft 365 security and Azure security, the company announced at the Ignite 2020 virtual event. In addition, Microsoft has also renamed several security products. Microsoft renamed Windows Defender to Microsoft Defender last year.
Microsoft Defender brand sees expansion
In a nutshell, Microsoft has expanded its Defender product line, which is split between Microsoft 365 Defender and Azure Defender. While Microsoft 365 Defender manages end user environments, Azure Defender supports cloud and hybrid infrastructure.
The updated Microsoft 365 Defender line now also includes Microsoft Defender for Endpoint, Microsoft Defender for Office 365, and Microsoft Defender for Identity. All Microsoft is trying to do is rationalize the branding of its Defender product line.
Microsoft Defender for Endpoint was previously known as Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection. Likewise, Microsoft Defender for Office 365 and Microsoft Defender for Identity were previously known as Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection and Azure Advanced Threat Protection, respectively.
As you can see, Microsoft is playing the names game as part of its branding strategy, aimed at connecting these different but closely related areas to each other. Therefore, different domains under Microsoft Threat Protection are now called together Microsoft 365 Defender.
Likewise, the update Azure Defender product line now includes Azure Defender for Servers, Azure Defender for IoT, and Azure Defender for SQL.
Azure Defender for Servers was previously known as Azure Security Center Standard Edition. Meanwhile, Azure Defender for IoT and Azure Defender for SQL were previously called Azure Security Center for IoT and Advanced Threat Protection for SQL, respectively.
While Microsoft Defender is the company’s eXtended Detection and Response (XDR) product, Azure’s consolidated Sentinel will be Microsoft’s Security Information and Event Management (SIME) line.
XDR makes sure to address active threats on endpoints through response and detection. SIME, on the other hand, will look for signs of a security breach in web applications.
Microsoft Defender combined with SIEM Azure Sentinel will provide customers with access to visibility and actionable insights across businesses.