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What's new: ASIM Authentication, Process, Registry and enhanced Network schemas
Published Jul 01 2021 03:23 AM 4,164 Views

Hello everyone,


Continuing our normalization journey, we added to the networking and DNS schemas the Authentication, Process Events, and Registry Events schemas and delivered normalized content based on the two. We also added ARM template deployment and support for Microsoft Defender for Endpoints to the Network Schema.


Special thanks to @Yuval Naor , @Yaron Fruchtmann , and @Batami Gold , who made all this possible.


Why should you care?


  • Cross source detection: Normalized Authentication analytic rules work across sources, on-prem and cloud, now detecting attacks such as brute force or impossible travel across systems including Okta, AWS, and Azure.
  • Source agnostic rules: process event analytics support any source that a customer may use to bring in the data, including Defender for Endpoint, Windows Events, and Sysmon. We are ready to add Sysmon for Linux and WEF once released!
  • EDR support: Process, Registry, Network, and Authentication consist the core of EDR event telemetry.
  • Ease of use: The Network Schema introduced last year is now easier to use with a single-click ARM template deployment.


Deploy the AuthenticationProcess Events, Registry Events, or Network Session parser packs in a single click using ARM templates. 


Join us to learn more about the Azure Sentinel information model in two webinars:

  • The Information Model: Understanding Normalization in Azure Sentinel
  • Deep Dive into Azure Sentinel Normalizing Parsers and Normalized Content

Why normalization, and what is the Azure Sentinel Information Model?


Working with various data types and tables together presents a challenge. You must become familiar with many different data types and schemas, write and use a unique set of analytics rules, workbooks, and hunting queries for each, even for those that share commonalities (for example, DNS servers). Correlation between the different data types necessary for investigation and hunting is also tricky.


The Azure Sentinel Information Model (ASIM) provides a seamless experience for handling various sources in uniform, normalized views. ASIM aligns with the Open-Source Security Events Metadata (OSSEM) common information model, promoting vendor agnostic, industry-wide normalization. ASIM:

  • Allows source agnostic content and solutions
  • Simplifies analyst use of the data in sentinel workspaces


The current implementation is based on query time normalization using KQL functions. And includes the following:

  • Normalized schemas cover standard sets of predictable event types that are easy to work with and build unified capabilities. The schema defines which fields should represent an event, a normalized column naming convention, and a standard format for the field values.
  • Parsers map existing data to the normalized schemas. Parsers are implemented using KQL functions.
  • Content for each normalized schema includes analytics rules, workbooks, hunting queries, and additional content. This content works on any normalized data without the need to create source-specific content.




Ofer Shezaf

Principal Product Manager, Azure Sentinel

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