BlackBerry vs. Microsoft Defender

All cybersecurity companies claim to protect you, but there are key differences in services. When it comes to endpoint protection and other needs, be sure you know what you’re getting.

Who has the features that best protect you?

Performance matters. Which is why BlackBerry cybersecurity uses a fraction of your computing resources while running on your network’s endpoints. By comparison, Microsoft Defender’s larger footprint requires more resources and network bandwidth, leaving you with less.
Capability BlackBerry Microsoft Defender
AI/ML Mature, seventh-generation AI with advanced ML models to detect never-before-seen malware. Basic ML functionality built into the local client reliant on cloud lookups to identify anything beyond basic malware.
Detection Advanced memory protection abilities. Relies on signatures for detection.
Ransomware Predictive Advantage modeling to stop ransomware before it executes. Ransomware detection depends on file behavior analysis upon execution.
Zero-day Attacks AI/ML predicts and stops zero-day attacks before they even launch. Utilizes heuristics to detect post file execution.
Memory Exploit Protection and Script Control Memory defenses protect Windows® processes with script scanning at runtime plus fine-tuned policy control without false positives. Limited, with static scanning subject to file obfuscation tactics.
Performance Uses only a fraction of the system resources on the endpoint. Larger endpoint footprint requires more system resources and network bandwidth.
OS Compatibility Proven effective for any OS. Limited OS compatibility with focus on Windows® 10; subject to potential bugs when OS updates.
BlackBerry
AI/ML Mature, seventh-generation AI with advanced ML models to detect never-before-seen malware.
Detection Advanced memory protection abilities.
Ransomware Predictive Advantage modeling to stop ransomware before it executes.
Zero-day Attacks AI/ML predicts and stops zero-day attacks before they even launch.
Memory Exploit Protection and Script Control Memory defenses protect Windows® processes with script scanning at runtime plus fine-tuned policy control without false positives.
Performance Uses only a fraction of the system resources on the endpoint.
OS Compatibility Proven effective for any OS.
Microsoft Defender
AI/ML Basic ML functionality built into the local client reliant on cloud lookups to identify anything beyond basic malware.
Detection Relies on signatures for detection.
Ransomware Ransomware detection depends on file behavior analysis upon execution.
Zero-day Attacks Utilizes heuristics to detect post file execution.
Memory Exploit Protection and Script Control Limited, with static scanning subject to file obfuscation tactics.
Performance Larger endpoint footprint requires more system resources and network bandwidth.
OS Compatibility Limited OS compatibility with focus on Windows® 10; subject to potential bugs when OS updates.
Security Services Security Services Cylance AI

Endpoint Management

BlackBerry® UEM

Unified endpoint management for stronger endpoint protection and response across all devices.

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Threat Detection and Hunting

BlackBerry® Optics

Extends the threat prevention delivered by BlackBerry Protect using AI to identify and prevent widespread security incidents.

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Mobile Protection

BlackBerry® Protect

An AI-based endpoint security solution that stops malware—no human intervention, cloud connections, signatures, heuristics or sandboxes required.

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Critical Event Management

BlackBerry® Alert and BlackBerry® AtHoc®

A secure emergency notification system with incident response tools, enabling you to better prepare for and respond to critical events.

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Desktop Protection

BlackBerry® Protect

Uses the power of machines, not humans, to dissect malware DNA. AI then determines if the code is safe to run.

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Behavior and Risk Analytics

BlackBerry® Persona

Uses machine learning and predictive AI for user behavior analytics to dynamically adapt security policies based on risk tolerance.

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Network Access

BlackBerry® Gateway

Zero Trust network access providing greater security controls while improving the user experience for a distributed workforce.

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Cylance AI

AI proven 99 percent effective in preventing cyberthreats before they become global incidents—predicting malware an average of 25 months prior to appearing online.

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security Services

Our team of experts, ready to help you handle whatever cybersecurity challenges you face—no matter your situation.

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PREPARE, PREVENT, DETECT AND RESPOND with the BlackBerry Cybersecurity Platform

BlackBerry can protect your business by reducing risk and lowering TCO. Learn how our AI-powered cybersecurity solutions can help you secure your network across the cyberattack chain.

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