ON Monday, Microsoft Corp. announced the general availability (GA) of the standalone version of Microsoft Defender for Business. Defender for Business brings enterprise-grade, endpoint security to small and medium businesses (SMBs), including endpoint detection and response capabilities to protect against ransomware and other sophisticated cyberthreats.

In April 2022, Microsoft surveyed more than 150 SMEs in an online quantitative survey in the United States to better understand changing SMB security needs. The survey found that more than 70 percent of SMBs thought cyberthreats were becoming more of a business risk. That concern was well-founded because nearly one in four SMBs surveyed reported experiencing a security breach in the past year.

Despite facing similar risks as enterprises, SMBs often lacked access to the right resources and tools, including specialized security staff. Many SMBs still relied on traditional antivirus solutions for their security. Although 80 percent of SMBs stated they had some form of antivirus solution, 93 percent continued to have concerns about increasing and evolving cyberattacks.

"Microsoft believes in security for all," said Vasu Jakkal, CVP for Security, Compliance and Identity at Microsoft. "We are proud to further deliver on that vision today. With the GA of Defender for Business, SMBs will get greater protection with simplified security to help them better protect, detect and respond to threats."

With Defender for Business, SMBs get multilayered protection, detection and response, spanning the five phases of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) cybersecurity framework — identify, protect, detect, respond and recover — to protect and remediate against known and unknown threats.

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