Maximizing Microsoft Threat Intelligence Capabilities with Difenda Threat Profiling  

Maximizing Microsoft Threat Profiling with Difenda

Effective threat mitigation requires a deep understanding of the threat landscape and the context in which alerts occur. By analyzing and categorizing assets within the organization’s environment, cyber threat profiling offers insights into the potential impact of threats on specific assets and their relevance to the organization’s objectives.  

Microsoft Defender for Endpoint’s Threat Intelligence, with its sophisticated analytical capabilities, proves to be an invaluable tool against the threat landscape. Difenda’s innovative threat profiling process leverages Microsoft Defender for Endpoint’s out-of-the-box capabilities to provide this critical context. We pair this with our insights to optimize automation and customization capabilities within your threat response process.  

In this blog post, we explore Difenda’s threat profiling process and how it helps customers save time and harnesses the power of their existing Microsoft technology for improved cybersecurity. 

Key Takeaways  

  • Threat profiling enhances cybersecurity by providing the business context needed to better protect your most critical assets. 
  • Difenda’s approach integrates seamlessly with Microsoft Defender for Endpoint, maximizing the use of your current security tools. 
  • Difenda’s threat profiling saves time through automation, offers clear guidelines for action, enhances interdepartmental collaboration, and safeguards critical data. 
  • Difenda adapts its services to meet your unique needs, ensuring you receive relevant and effective cybersecurity support. 
  • Difenda’s journey includes threat profiling, threat detection, threat hunting, and response – all designed to provide increasing value to its customers. Discover our 4-step methodology here.  

What is Threat Profiling? 

Difenda’s threat profiling combines a detailed analysis of threats that target an organization with a detailed classification of your business assets. It is a process of identifying contextually relevant business factors that might influence the outcome of a potential cyber-attack to specific assets.  

This proactive measure frequently focuses on a specific cyber asset in an organization, like a system or application that requires protection. Within the realm of cybersecurity, threat profiles typically take into consideration factors like the personality and habits of the user. It may also include information on the motives, methods, and dedication of various cyber-criminals.  

While Microsoft’s Threat Intelligence delivers insights about cyber threats, it becomes immensely more effective when paired with Difenda’s Threat Profiling. This proactive approach lends organizations a comprehensive view of their vulnerabilities and provides the information Difenda needs to respond to various threats on your behalf.  

Leveraging Microsoft Defender for Endpoint 

Difenda’s approach to threat profiling leverages Microsoft Defender for Endpoint’s capabilities out of the box. This means that organizations can harness the full potential of their existing security tools without the need for complex integrations or additional investments.  

By working with Microsoft’s robust platform, Difenda ensures that its threat profiling process seamlessly integrates into the customer’s environment, making it accessible and efficient. This process reduced the amount of alerts your team encounters each day. Reducing alert fatigue by up to 70%.  

How It Works 

Difenda’s Threat Profiling Process  

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  • Asset classification in Microsoft Defender for Endpoint 
  • Threat Intelligence Integration  
  • Custom alert configuration  
  • Deploy custom response automations and workbooks 
  • Customer notified when action is needed / or if action is taken for critical assets 
  • Ongoing Monitoring and adaptation 

Difenda’s threat profiling process is a sophisticated and dynamic approach to cybersecurity that combines automation, data analysis, and contextual understanding to fortify an organization’s threat defense.

Here’s a breakdown of how Difenda’s threat profiling works: 

  • Asset Classification: Difenda’s threat profiling process begins by ingesting your asset classification from Microsoft Defender for Endpoint. These classifications are based on the asset’s role and importance within the organization. This step involves categorizing assets into different groups, for instance critical systems, user workstations, servers, and data repositories. This classification process helps Difenda prioritize security efforts. 
  • Threat Intelligence Integration: Difenda continuously incorporates up-to-date threat intelligence into the threat profiling process. This intelligence includes information about emerging threats, malware signatures, and known vulnerabilities in the wild. By integrating threat intelligence feeds, Difenda ensures that threat profiling remains relevant and responsive to the evolving threat landscape. 
  • Custom Alert Configuration: Difenda’s threat profiling process allows for the customization of security alerts. Leveraging the asset classifications, risk assessments, and threat intelligence. Organizations can tailor their alerting mechanisms to their specific needs and priorities. This customization ensures that security teams are notified of the most critical issues and can respond promptly. 
  • Contextual Understanding: Threat profiling goes beyond simple alerts; it provides valuable contextual understanding. When an alert is triggered, security teams can access detailed information about the affected asset, its classification, associated risks, and relevant threat intelligence. This context empowers our security professionals to make informed decisions and take targeted actions. 
  • Ongoing Monitoring and Adaptation: Threat profiling is not a one-time process but a continuous and adaptive practice. Difenda’s solution continually monitors the IT environment and adjusts alert configurations in response to changing threats. This proactive approach ensures that security remains effective in the face of emerging risks. 
  • Reporting and Analysis: Difenda provides organizations with comprehensive reporting and analysis tools through the Difenda Shield. These tools offer insights into the effectiveness of security measures, the impact of threat profiling, and areas that may require further attention. The data-driven approach allows organizations to fine-tune their security strategies and allocate resources on their end more efficiently. 

Benefits of Difenda Threat Profiling  

  • Time-Saving Automation: Automate asset classification, saving time and resources for other critical security tasks. 
  • Maximizing Efficiency: Optimize existing resources with Microsoft Defender for Endpoint, enhancing your cybersecurity posture. 
  • Clear Guidelines for Action: Establish a framework that outlines permissible actions, reducing the risk of missteps. 
  • Enhanced Interdepartmental Understanding: Foster collaboration among security, IT, and compliance teams for a cohesive cybersecurity strategy. 
  • Identifying and Protecting Crown Jewel Data: Pinpoint and safeguard your most critical data assets effectively. 

Difenda’s Microsoft Threat Protection Advanced Specialization 

The Threat Protection Advanced Specialization helps customers identify Microsoft partners with validated technical capabilities in deploying Microsoft Threat Protection, Microsoft Cloud App Security, or Microsoft Sentinel workloads. 

To earn this specialization Difenda demonstrated our team’s skill and proved our expertise by displaying customer outcomes and showcasing how we protect customer environments against threats.  

Learn more here.  

Meeting you wherever you are on your journey 

At Difenda, we understand that every organization’s cybersecurity journey is unique, and we’re committed to providing contextual value at every step. Although we recognize that not all organizations have the same needs or face the same challenges with threat profiling, our customer-centric approach always starts out the same. 

Through detailed reviewing and deeper conversations along the journey we customize our solutions to better align with your requirements. Perhaps more customization is needed, or maybe there’s a need for a more tailored approach to address your cybersecurity concerns. 

This evolution of our services is part of our commitment to managed security. We aim to augment your cybersecurity capabilities throughout your entire journey with us because we understand that it’s not a one-size-fits-all situation. We start with a common foundation, but we’re always looking to refine and adapt our services based on the valuable feedback we receive from you. 


Difenda’s threat profiling process is a game-changer in the realm of cybersecurity. By automating asset classification and harnessing the power of Microsoft Defender for Endpoint, it not only enhances security but also saves organizations valuable time.  

This streamlined approach ensures that organizations can stay one step ahead of cyber threats while minimizing disruptions to their daily operations. With Difenda, customers can have confidence that their cybersecurity strategy is efficient, effective, and optimized to protect what matters most. 


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Megan Miller

Megan Miller’s energy and passion for learning flow into all aspects of her work. As the Growth Manager, North America, she brings a background in sciences which she has transitioned to the tech sector in her role at Difenda.

With a Bachelors of Science in Geology, Megan is a lifelong learner who is voracious about learning anything she can get her hands on about cybersecurity. Her positive energy has built a sales strategy with a focus on expanding in the United States while nurturing the Canadian presence. She is responsible for recruiting and training the sales team. Together with the company’s leadership, she creates the sales process and the company’s product strategy in order to better serve the customer base. This ensures that our customers have a highly trained and highly motivated team to help them every step of the way, Megan has completed Microsoft SC-900 training and working towards mastering Microsoft.

Whether at work or play, Megan is fully committed. She took her love of hockey all the way to the semi-professional level as a competitive hockey player. Megan loves all things sports including water skiing, scuba diving, cycling, and snowboarding. She also enjoys time with family and reading about alternative energy, innovation, and cybersecurity.

Natasha Phanor

As the Microsoft Partner Manager at Difenda, Natasha Phanor is responsible for driving growth within our Microsoft Partnership. With six years in the industry, she offers a fresh, energetic approach, and the ability to focus on our customer’s needs throughout the entire process. Natasha has the innate ability to foresee customer needs and solve problems before they arise, which creates a smooth road for each customer she encounters.

As the recipient of the Outstanding Services Partner of the Year Award in 2018, it is clear that Natasha responds quickly to customer needs, creates a platform for understanding a customer’s business requirements, and walks them through the process to ensure their complete satisfaction.

In her spare time, Natasha is as energetic and passionate as she is on the job. A self-proclaimed foodie-extraordinaire, she enjoys dinner parties, traveling, downhill skiing, hiking, biking, and reading. Natasha has a Bachelor of Fine Arts, specializing in Dance, from Ryerson University.

Lisa Templeton

Lisa Templeton is the perfect combination of human empathy and technological prowess. In her role as People Services Manager, she takes care of our team members to support them in their daily work, as well as on their personal life paths. Happy employees make for happy customers, and Lisa excels in giving our employees the tools they need for success in order to become the best possible versions of themselves. Along with employee formation, she shines in the service delivery support domain to continuously improve the process. Her 24 years of experience in IT Operations and Service Management help her create quality and efficiency at Difenda.

Having attended the Information Systems Management certificate program at Ryerson University, and with various other certifications to her credit, Lisa is perceptive and innovative when it comes to information technology, but also sensitive to the needs of her human constituents. Responsible for achieving the first privately owned company HDI Support Center certification in Canada, she has also designed and implemented Service Management excellence programs and 24×7 IT Operations departments for multiple IT organizations, and has created corporate rewards and recognition programs to keep her employees engaged and motivated.

On the personal side, Lisa passionately supports the cause of breast cancer research, having lost her mother to the disease. She reads voraciously in her spare time, and enjoys the art of home renovation. The summer months also bring time on her boat and exploring new hiking trails.

Miranda McCurdy

Miranda McCurdy uses her myriad super powers in all aspects of her job and personal life. As the Marketing Director at Difenda, Miranda McCurdy brings over a decade of experience to the table, which includes expertise in all facets of operations, brand management, and content marketing, as well as a multitude of successful strategies for the ever-expanding digital world. She is an expert at simplifying the message the company is trying to send, filling in gaps in the information, and strengthening the content in order to create compelling narratives that strengthen the brand and developing programs that bring teams together.

With several Addy Awards issued by the American Advertising Federation Cleveland to her credit, and her never say die attitude, Miranda understands both the broader picture and the minute details that are needed to successfully market a product. With her abilities to harness both the talent needed to spread the message, as well as to create the message itself, she is an integral cog in the company’s ability to communicate with customers and other stakeholders.

When she is not building a brand, she shares her ability to fill the gaps in her community by volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, the Special Olympics, and the Charleston Food Bank. In her spare time, Miranda spends time with her family, enjoys fitness and health, paddle boarding, reading, and arts and crafts.

Juliana Zaremba

Connections are the name of the game for Juliana Zaremba. As Strategic Partnerships Director, she is responsible for Difenda’s channel partnerships and the development and ownership of the channel partner program. She is also responsible for the global Microsoft Partnership, including the creation of strategic plans with MSFT contacts that will facilitate the continued growth of the business and establish certification and training protocols in all security technologies. Her role is multifaceted, as she acquires partners, manages relationships with them, and develops strategies that will provide cutting edge security solutions to our customer base. Another integral aspect of her job is to facilitate growth.

With a Bachelor’s in Math from the University of Waterloo and 14 years of experience from her previous roles at Herjavec Group and CDW, her cutting edge focus and ability to develop long-lasting relationships and strategies provides world class security solutions to our customer base.

Juliana thrives on connections outside of work as well. She is a philanthropist and contributor with Women4Change based in Hamilton. This group of local women is passionate about supporting local causes, and she focuses her efforts around Women in STEM. She is also a member of Club Italia in Niagara Falls and supports their youth events throughout the year.

When not managing the Microsoft Global partnership, Juliana enjoys reading, often reading several books at once. Juliana enjoys exploring the Niagara Escarpment with her family, as well as sharing meals and experiences with her extended family. Juliana’s competitive nature has her always trying new things, like Whoop band challenges and Peloton.

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