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Oliver Pinson-Roxburgh

CEO and Co-Founder

12th November 2021

Why™ is the ultimate cyber security package for SMEs

Threats to the cyber security of small and medium-sized businesses are amongst some of the biggest challenges organisations are facing today. With cyber attacks becoming more sophisticated and difficult to manage, malicious actors and common software hacks such as malware and phishing emails are intensifying putting SMEs at risk. There is no underestimating the damage and risk involved with inadequate cyber security for SMEs, especially with the business world adopting a remote working strategy since the COVID-19 outbreak in 2020.

There is a growing need for small and medium-sized businesses to implement cyber security measures early to protect their infrastructure, network, workforce, and business-critical data. Due to the growing attention around this topic, many providers are beginning to develop (or at least market them in a way that suggests) SME focused solutions.

Microsoft Defender for Business has now thrown its hat into the ring by providing an endpoint security service catered for the small and medium-sized business market. So, how does it fare against a comprehensive cyber security package like™ – what is it?™ is the all-in-one cyber security platform which goes above and beyond any conventional cyber protection application or service. Through innovation and simplicity,™ combines pioneering technology and expert consultancy to deliver a 360° solution which encompasses integral areas of cyber security – detection, protection, training and compliance.™ helps SMEs build a secure foundation and allows them to safeguard every corner of their business, network, and infrastructure.

Microsoft Defender for Business – what is it?

When it launches, Microsoft Defender for Business will be the next evolution of the existing Microsoft Defender endpoint solution, aimed at the small to medium-sized business market. Targeting workforces of 300 employees or less, Microsoft Defender for Business is an advancement to traditional anti-virus software and aims to elevate cyber protection for SMEs by providing an automated detection and remediation service against common cyber threats like malware and ransomware across multiple operating systems and devices.

Comparison™ Microsoft Defender for Business
24/7 threat monitoring and detection with a fully managed Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) system with real-time tracking and analysis of potential security threats across an entire network, from anywhere in the world Optimised version of Microsoft Defender for Endpoint designed specifically for SMEs
People-powered service, offering consultancy services to assist SMEs better understand their security perimeters Threat and Vulnerability Management
Penetration testing conducted by CREST-approved pen testers to identify cyber weaknesses which hackers may exploit Endpoint Detection & Response (EDR) notifies SMEs of the discovery and removal of cyber threats using behavioural-based detection and response alerts
Comprehensive security training for all staff and Phishing to test employee vigilance and compliance Attack Surface Reduction which is designed to reduce cyber attacks across multiple devices by integrating attack surface rules to mitigate threats of ransomware, application control, and breaching network firewalls
Tailored cyber protection packages to suit every SME's cyber security needs API and Workflow Integration allows SMEs to integrate Microsoft Defender with existing security platforms
Security helpline and ‘panic button’ for an instant response to a breach in your cyber security
Helping all UK-based SMEs attain Government-backed Cyber Essentials certification with all™ packages
Cyber health checks for SMEs outside of the UK, independently assessed by™ security and compliance experts
GDPR audits by expert consultants to help SMEs become GDPR compliant, eliminating the risk of data breaches and incurring substantial fines

Who will protect me better?

Microsoft Defender will no doubt enrich SMEs looking to bolster their existing cyber defences. For a huge enterprise like Microsoft to launch an endpoint solution optimised for SMEs is a win for the cyber security industry. However, there are drawbacks to simply building on existing software solutions such as Microsoft Defender for Business.

Microsoft Defender for Business has been enhanced from their existing Microsoft Defender for Endpoint cyber security platform. The limitations with optimising any technology or software are that you run the risk of diluting the product and therefore true endpoint protection is limited for SMEs. Think of Microsoft Defender for Business as an extension to your traditional anti-virus software with additional features and threat detection capabilities. While this is a good start, it’s no match for an all-encompassing cyber security solution like™, which contains many other features and people-based services as standard, all in a single platform.

Microsoft Defender will protect your cloud and your endpoints, whereas™ will also safeguard your entire workforce with many additional features and services in a single platform.™ has streamlined the cyber security approach to empower SMEs to ensure every corner of their business, network, and infrastructure is safeguarded. Simplicity and innovation are both key to™’s all-in-one solution and is the more complete cyber security solution of the two offerings.

Microsoft Defender for Business will provide SMEs with an extension to their existing Microsoft Defender for Endpoint model by including features such as threat and vulnerability management, endpoint detection and response, and cross platform protection. However,™’s package extends beyond just software protection for SMEs. Malicious threat actors try to infiltrate networks and infrastructures in many ways, and targeting staff with phishing campaigns and social engineering attacks has become one of the biggest threats to an SMEs cyber security. For that reason,™ integrates engaging and valuable training videos within their service to increase cyber security awareness.

Human support vs automated support

Your workforce is your first line defence against the threat of a cyberattack. Remediate the threat to employees and you’re already one step closer to protecting your SME against hackers.™ incorporates comprehensive support which extends to the workforce of SMEs via engaging training and clever vigilance assessments to increase awareness and knowledge of cyber threats that businesses face daily. By raising staff awareness of common phishing, malware and ransomware attacks, businesses can dramatically reduce their risk of falling victim to devastating breaches.

Microsoft Defender for Business is unlikely to offer real-time support to SMEs or SOC analysts to undertake evaluations for added peace of mind. Microsoft has proposed that its Defender for Business product does not require any specialist security knowledge or expertise to monitor and manage. While this may be good in theory, in practice it’s inevitable that SMEs will often require help and assistance in setting up and using cyber security tools, especially for small businesses that do not have any prior knowledge. That’s why™ includes access to a dedicated product support team as standard to help keep cyber security simple and accessible.


Flexible plans from™ are based on a per-user model and require a 12-month subscription starting from just £9 per user, per month.™ packages range from Essential to Enterprise, allowing you to choose the features most appropriate for your business. See™ for a complete pricing overview.

Microsoft Defender for Business will be priced at £2.20 per user if SMEs opt for a standalone service. Alternatively, Microsoft Defender will be available as part of Microsoft’s 365 Business Premium subscription, which is priced at a monthly cost of £15.10 per user.

Businesses will save money by consolidating their cyber security into a single vendor like™. Where Microsoft Defender for Business lacks in terms of its breadth of features available,™ proves to be greater value for money – most™ packages include a penetration test, which businesses should already be conducting annually. Microsoft Defender will give you adequate protection but won’t be as far-reaching as™, so ultimately SMEs will end up spending more on additional features and services when™ provides everything in one place at a very affordable price point.

Is Microsoft Defender any good?

Microsoft Defender for Business will deliver a much-improved solution to their previous offerings. However, there’s a big question mark looming over Microsoft Defender’s ability to comprehensively protect an SME from sophisticated cyber attacks. Microsoft Defender for Business is a viable solution as anti-virus software, and sure, everyone needs anti-virus protection. It has improved upon its previous versions, bolstering its features and providing additional protection for SMEs. But its shortcomings mean all-in-one cyber security packages from™ offer better levels of protection for businesses.

For SMEs looking to protect their business-critical data from hackers, vendors like™ can offer feature-rich packages which include a managed SIEM service, penetration testing, log monitoring, phishing simulations, vulnerability scanning, staff training, and supporting businesses in acquiring Cyber Essentials certification. Additionally,™’s people-powered offering will speak volumes to SMEs as it ensures there’s human support available compared to an automated support model like Microsoft Defender for Business. Many of these features are offered as standard with™ packages. With Microsoft Defender, its limitations are that businesses would need to purchase additional services and applications to support their existing Defender for Business to strengthen their cyber security protection.


If an SMEs is serious about their long-term cyber security, encompassing all areas of their business,™ is the ideal service provider to choose. Whilst Microsoft Defender for Business has developed its anti-virus software for greater protection against common cyber threats, providing surface level threat detection and management optimised especially for SMEs, there are limitations to the protection it provides. An all-in-one cyber security package from™ eliminates the need for multiple vendors to supply additional features and will safeguard networks, infrastructure, business-critical data, and protect an entire workforce effectively with greater peace of mind.

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