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RSA Conference 2021: New innovations for Azure Sentinel
Published May 12 2021 06:00 AM 10.9K Views

This past year has put unprecedented strain on security teams, and many are preparing to “return to normal” with a new view of what it will take to protect their organizations. Environments are still increasingly distributed, threats are more difficult to catch through overwhelming noise, and security analysts need to efficiently work across remote teams.


Supporting security teams through these challenges was top of mind for the Azure Sentinel team as we continued to deliver new innovation in the product. Our latest releases for the RSA Conference 2021 are all about improving quality of life for security operations teams.


Today, we are announcing the launch of a solutions marketplace in Azure Sentinel, providing customers with an easy want to unlock new use cases. One of the most exciting new solutions is designed to help you monitor and respond to threats in your SAP environments, often home to some of your most business-critical data and applications. We’re also releasing new features to help you harness machine learning to efficiently detect threats through the noise. Plus, we’re making it easier for SecOps teams to work together with native Microsoft Teams collaboration integration.


Easily discover and deploy Solutions for Azure Sentinel

With the release of Azure Sentinel Solutions, now in public preview, we’re providing a new, easier way to discover and deploy use cases for Azure Sentinel. Solutions consolidate related connectors and content, and can include data connectors, analytics rules to power detections, interactive workbooks, automation playbooks, and more so you can easily enable new use cases for integrations, end-to-end, from a single package.


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 The Solutions marketplace features 32 solutions that includes:

  • Palo Alto Prisma and Cloudflare solutions to give you visibility into your cloud workloads.
  • Threat intelligence solutions from RiskIQ, and ReversingLabs to enrich your threat detection, hunting and response capabilities.
  • Azure SQL and Oracle database audit solutions to monitor your database anomalies.
  • And many more, like PingFederate for monitoring identity and access, Cisco Umbrella solution for threat protection, McAfee ePo solution for endpoint protection, Microsoft Teams solution for productivity workloads, and more.


Visit the in Azure Sentinel to see all available solutions. Partners and community members can build and contribute new solutions by following the guidelines on the Azure Sentinel GitHub.


Monitor your SAP applications and respond quickly to threats

One of the most highly anticipated solutions for Azure Sentinel is our SAP threat monitoring solution. Now, you can use Azure Sentinel to monitor your SAP applications across Azure, other clouds, and on-premises.


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SAP handles massive amounts of extremely sensitive data. These increasingly-complex systems are business critical, and a security breach to them could be catastrophic. With the release of the Azure Sentinel continuous threat monitoring solution, now in Public Preview, Azure Sentinel provides continuous threat detection and analytics to identify real threats and malicious behaviors. The SAP threat monitoring solution provides connectors, analytics rules to power detections, interactive workbooks, and more to help organizations detect threats to their SAP environments and respond quickly.


Learn more in documentation for the SAP threat monitoring solution.


Tap into the power of ML with new easy-to-tune anomaly detections

With the release of customizable ML anomalies, now in Public Preview, we’re introducing a code-free experience to help security analysts get the most out of machine learning. These anomalies span the attack chain, today covering 11 of the 14 total MITRE ATT&CK tactics.


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Security analysts can customize the parameters used in the ML model to tune anomalies to their specific needs, cutting down noise and ensuring that anomalies are detecting what’s relevant to your specific organization. For example, you can add or remove file extensions to prioritize/exclude document types for detecting mass downgrade AIP document sensitive labels, such as from High confidential to Public, or adjust the threshold of the number of documents that is considered a mass downgrade -- customization that is especially useful given that different organizations often have different file sensitivity processes. In another example, you can also customize fourteen different parameters that affect the ML score of anomalous Azure Active Directory sign-in sessions, as well as the threshold for triggering these anomalies, so you can tailor the ML models based on your organization's processes, priorities, and user behavior.


Learn more about customizable ML anomalies here.


Collaborate more efficiently with native Microsoft Teams integration

Many of our customers use Microsoft Teams to collaborate across security operations teams during investigations. Our new integration with Microsoft Teams, now in Public Preview, will make that easier than ever.




Azure Sentinel now integrates with Microsoft Teams so that, with a single click, you can create a Team for a particular incident. Use this Team as your central hub for investigation across members of the security team, all with easy access to the incident in a tab within it. When the incident is closed in Azure Sentinel, the Team is automatically archived, providing a record of the investigation should you need to reference it in the future.


Learn more about the Microsoft Teams collaboration integration here.


Improve SOC hunting visibility with a refreshed hunting dashboard

Now in public preview, a refreshed hunting query experience helps you find undetected threats more quickly and identify which hunting results are most relevant to your environment.


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You can now run all your hunting queries, or a selected subset, in a single click. To contextualize your results, you can search for or filter results based on specific MITRE ATT&CK techniques. You can also identify spikes of activity with new “result deltas” to see which results have changed the most in the last 24 hours. As you filter through your queries and results, the new MITRE ATT&CK tactic bar dynamically updates to show which MITRE ATT&CK tactics apply.


Learn more about new hunting dashboard features here.


New IP entity page accelerates triage and investigation

Also in public preview, the IP entity page is the latest addition to Azure Sentinel's User and Entity Behavior Analytics capabilities. Like the host and account pages, the IP page helps analysts quickly triage and investigate security incidents. The IP page aggregates information from multiple Microsoft and 3rd party data sources and includes insights like threat indicator data, network session data, host IP mappings, and first/last seen information – which is retained even if the earliest records age out of the retention period.


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A key insight presented in IP entity pages is geolocation information, which is often used to assess the security relevance of an IP address. We provide geolocation enrichment data from the Microsoft Threat Intelligence service. This service combines data from Microsoft solutions with 3rd party vendors and partners. It will soon be available via REST API for security investigation scenarios to Azure Sentinel customers.


Learn more about the IP entity page here.


Detect advanced multistage attacks with new scheduled analytics rules in Fusion

Azure Sentinel leverages a machine learning technology called Fusion to automatically detect multistage attacks by identifying combinations of anomalous behaviors and suspicious activities that are observed at various stages of the kill-chain. There are currently 90 multistage attack scenarios detected by Azure over medium and low severity alerts from Microsoft threat protection services and third party sources, like Palo Alto Networks.


To help you discover threats tailored to your environment, we are releasing multistage attack scenarios that leverage a set of custom scheduled analytic rules to public preview. With these rules, Fusion can detect 32 new scenarios by combining alerts from the scheduled analytics rules, which detect specific events or sets of events across your environment, with alerts from Microsoft Cloud App Security or Azure Active Directory Identity Protection.


Learn more about the supported scenarios and how to configure your scheduled analytics rules here.


Next Steps

Learn more about these new innovations and see them in action in our upcoming webinar on May 26 at 8 AM Pacific. Register here.  


For RSA, Microsoft released a number of innovations across security, compliance, and identity solutions. Learn more in the blog by CVP Security, Compliance, and Identity Vasu Jakkal. Join us for a live webinar on May 27 at 8 AM Pacific to learn more about new innovations across Microsoft security – register here.


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