Microsoft Defender for Cloud

Microsoft Defender for Cloud

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Several Microsoft Defender and other Microsoft security services can be used with AWS and GCP, and some can be used with on-premises infrastructure.

Multiple Microsoft antimalware offerings are available for Windows Server, ranging from unmanaged software to Azure subscription-based services, making feature comparisons difficult.

Microsoft Defender for Cloud is not a single service, but an extensive family of paid security services primarily intended to secure Azure resources.

Although System Center is still being updated and supported, Microsoft is prioritizing investments in Azure-hosted management services.

Microsoft again announced renaming of most of its Azure security services in late 2021, echoing similar changes made in 2020.

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Azure Security Center provides free capabilities to help secure Azure resources and paid features that can be used in Azure and elsewhere

Azure Security Center offers free recommendations and alerts and paid proactive security tools

Two new features in the paid tier of Azure Security Center deliver proactive capabilities designed to help keep Azure VMs secure

Roadmap for Microsoft Defender for Cloud.