Although licensed to use Microsoft Defender for Endpoint, not taking advantage of this technology left an oil and gas exploration company in a compromising position.
A leading multinational oil and gas exploration company continued to subscribe to third party endpoint security products even though they were already licensed to use Microsoft’s credible Defender for Endpoint through their Microsoft E5 license.
As time went by, the company realised that their IT budget was not being used effectively. They concluded that if they didn’t begin utilising their Microsoft E5 license stack, they would continue to burn funds, leaving no IT budget to finance projects that directly advanced the organisation’s growth and innovation.
What was achieved?
A successful migration to Microsoft Defender for Endpoint across 2,500 desktops was completed and we helped to deliver secure endpoints in less than three months.
During this project, we:
- Defined a detailed and robust testing criterion of Microsoft Defender for Endpoint against the existing security product.
- Installed Microsoft Defender for Endpoint on sample desktops, laptops and servers to assess the impact of the migration.
- Configured Microsoft Defender for Endpoint to address functions currently covered by the existing endpoint security product.
- Configured Windows Bitlocker to address the functions currently covered by the existing encryption.
- Carried out multiple functional and performance testing of Microsoft Defender for Endpoint and Bitlocker against the current security technologies used.
What’s the supporting data?
- Operational efficiencies gained
- Improved visibility
- 2%-4% reduction in CPU and memory usage
- Users experienced between 2% and 4% less CPU and memory usage whilst idle and scanning on all endpoints.
- 15% decrease in server CPU usage
- On average, our clients experienced a 15% decrease in CPU usage whilst scanning after migration.
- 29% decrease in laptop CPU usage
- On average, our clients experienced a 29% decrease in CPU usage whilst scanning after migration.
- Less than 6 minutes to uninstall in the old agent
- Once we complete all benchmarking and testing, it takes us less than six minutes to uninstall clients’ old endpoint agents.
- 59 second improvement in agent loading time
- Once the old build is uninstalled and Microsoft Defender for Endpoint is implemented on clients’ laptops, on average we see a 59 second reduction in the time it takes to load the agent from boot time.