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In this series of blog posts, SecureSky will over time inventory the various Defender technologies and provide a brief overview and link to additional Microsoft documentation.

“Defender” used to be the name of Microsoft’s anti-virus software.

Now Microsoft’s branding strategy has switched to using “Defender for …” as a brand name for products across Microsoft’s security suite, including XDR technologies that prevent, detect, and respond to threats across identities, endpoints, applications, email, IoT, infrastructure, and cloud platforms.

While easy to understand from a unified branding approach, this has created confusion as buyers attempt to navigate what each (of dozens) “Defender for …” products does, how they overlap (both within the Microsoft ecosystem and with third-party technologies), and how they are purchased or subscribed to.


Technology Name Microsoft Defender for Containers
Previous Name(s) Microsoft Defender for Kubernetes & Microsoft Defender for Container Registries
Category Containers - Kubernetes
Function(s) As an advanced security feature of Microsoft Defender for Cloud, Microsoft Defender for Containers provides hardening controls, vulnerability assessments, and runtime protection for Azure, hybrid, and multi-cloud Kubernetes workloads.
Cost Basis Per Kubernetes vCore/hour
Microsoft Links

Overview: https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/defender-for-cloud/defender-for-containers-introduction 
Price: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/pricing/details/defender-for-cloud/#:~:text=Microsoft%20Defender%20for%20Containers,/vCore/hour%204 

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