Microsoft Defender for Endpoint

When attempting to protect enterprise end-user devices from malicious attacks, organisations can use the Microsoft Defender for Endpoint platform to help them with this.

What is Microsoft Defender for Endpoint?

The Microsoft Defender for Endpoint platform uses various techniques to protect devices, such as:

Sensors: There are behavioural sensors embedded into Windows 10/11 devices which collect data and ingest them into your instance of Microsoft Defender for Endpoint service.

Security Analytics:  Due to Microsoft’s massive ecosystem of applications, systems, devices, and cloud environments such as Office 365, Microsoft collects a lot of data which can be translated into signals, insights, detections and recommended responses to advanced threats. 

Threat Intelligence: Microsoft partners with 3rd party security teams and advanced threat hunters to enable the latest threat intelligence within the Microsoft Defender for Endpoint platform. The Endpoint agent can use the threat intelligence data to detect the latest threats and malicious tools on devices. The sensors on the devices will collect this data.


If a malicious event has occurred on a device, the Microsoft Defender for Endpoint platform can alert your security team of these events. You can find the alerts within the Microsoft security portal.

The alerts will provide you with the event details, such as device names, identities, time of the event and detection sources, such as the Endpoint platform. 

Your security team can assign themselves to the alerts for investigating purposes.


An incident is a collection of related Microsoft Defender for Endpoint alerts. The security engineer can view the complete picture of an attack when viewing a security incident in the Microsoft Defender for Endpoint portal, and they can view the alerts in one place. This now means they can see how the attack started, what happened after it started, and what methods were used during the attack.

Thanks for reading, this is a small segment of what the Microsoft Defender for Endpoint platform can be used for, and I will be creating more posts and videos in the coming months covering other related topics. If you have any questions, please feel free to comment.

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