As part of our recent Microsoft Defender for Cloud Blog Series, we are diving into the different controls within Secure Score. In this post we will be discussing the control of Enable audit and logging.
Log collection is a relevant input when analyzing a security incident, business concern or even a suspicious security event. It can be helpful to create baselines and to better understand behaviors, tendencies, and more.
The security control enable auditing and logging, contains recommendations that will remind you to enable logging for all Azure services supported by Microsoft Defender for Cloud and resources in other cloud providers, such as AWS and GCP (currently in preview). Upon the remediation of all these recommendations, you will gain a 1% increase in your Secure Score.
The number of recommendations will vary according to the available resources in your subscription. This blog post will focus on some recommendations for SQL Server, IoT Hub, Service Bus, Event Hub, Logic App, VM Scale Set, Key Vault, AWS and GCP.
Enable auditing is suggested to track database activities. To remediate, Microsoft Defender for Cloud has a Quick Fix button that will change the Microsoft.Sql/servers/auditingSettings property state to Enabled. The logic app will request the retention days and the storage account where the audit will be saved. The storage account can be created during that process, the template is in this article. Nonetheless, there is also a manual remediation described in the Remediation Steps. The recommendation can be Enforced, so that Azure policy's DeployIfNotExist automatically remediates non-compliant resources upon creation. More information about Enforce/Deny can be found here. To learn more about auditing capabilities in SQL, read this article.
This enables you to recreate activity trails for investigation purposes when a security incident occurs or your IOT Hub is compromised. The recommendation can be Enforced and it also comes with a Quick Fix where a Logic App modifies the Microsoft.Devices/IotHubs/providers/diagnosticSettings Metrics AllMetrics and the Logs Connections, DeviceTelemetry, C2DCommands, DeviceIdentityOperations, FileUploadOperations, Routes, D2CTwinOperations, C2DTwinOperations, TwinQueries, JobsOperations, DirectMethods, DistributedTracing, Configurations, DeviceStreams to "enabled": true. To learn more about Monitoring Azure IoT Hub visit this article.
This recommendation can be Enforced, and it has a Quick Fix that will remediate the selected resources by modifying Microsoft.ServiceBus/namespaces/providers/diagnosticSettings “All Metrics” and “OperationalLogs” to "enabled": true. It is necessary to put the retention days to deploy the Logic App. To manually remediate it, follow this article. To learn more about the Service Bus security baseline, read this article.
The Quick Fix has a Logic App that will modify for selected resources the Microsoft.EventHub/namespaces/providers/diagnosticSettings metrics AllMetrics and the logs ArchiveLogs, OperationalLogs, AutoScaleLogs to "enabled": true, with the retention days input. This recommendation can be Enforced. For manual remediation steps, visit this article. To learn more about the Event Hub security baseline, read this article.
The recommendation can be Enforced and it comes with a Quick Fix where a Logic App modifies the Microsoft.Logic/workflows/providers/diagnosticSettings metrics “AllMetrics” and logs “WorkflowRuntime” to "enabled": true. The retention days field has to be input at the beginning of the remediation. For manual remediation steps, visit this article. To learn more about Logic Apps monitoring in Microsoft Defender for Cloud, read this article.
This specific recommendation does not come with the Enforce feature nor a Quick Fix. To configure the Azure Virtual Machine Scale Set diagnostics extension follow this document. The command az vmss diagnostics set will enable diagnostics on a VMSS. To learn more about the Azure security baseline for Virtual Machine Scale Sets, read this article.
The recommendation can be Enforced and it also comes with a Quick Fix where the Logic App goes to the resource Microsoft.KeyVault/vaults/providers/diagnosticSettings and sets the metrics AllMetrics and logs AuditEvent to "enabled": true including the retention days input. For manual remediation steps, read this article. To learn more about monitoring and alerting in Azure Key Vault, visit this article.
By directing CloudTrail Logs to CloudWatch Logs real-time monitoring of API calls can be achieved. Metric filter and alarm should be established for changes to Security Groups. Recommendations for AWS resources do not have the Enforce feature, Quick Fix button, Trigger Logic App. To remediate them, follow the AWS Security Hub documentation.
Ensure that Cloud Audit Logging is configured to track read and write activities across all supported services and for all users. Configured this way, all administrative activities, or attempts to access user data, will be tracked. Recommendations for GCP resources do not have the Enforce feature, Quick Fix button, Trigger Logic App. To remediate them, follow the Manual Remediation Steps. For more information, visit the GCP documentation.
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Yuri Diogenes, Principal PM Manager (@Yuri Diogenes)
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