Microsoft Previews Solutions Marketplace and Teams Support for Azure Sentinel

Microsoft last week announced a bunch of Azure Sentinel enhancements, which are at the preview stage right now.

Azure Sentinel is Microsoft's security information and event management (SIEM) solution that was commercially released in 2019. Microsoft's new enhancements to the product, currently at preview, include connectors for third-party (non-Microsoft) solutions within Azure Sentinel, Microsoft Teams integration and machine learning perks.

Azure Sentinel Solutions Preview
Microsoft is previewing Azure Sentinel Solutions for Azure Sentinel. Azure Sentinel Solutions provides a means to bring non-Microsoft solutions into Azure Sentinel. It's modeled after the Azure Marketplace, a software repository that showcases Microsoft's integrated partner products.

Azure Sentinel currently can access 32 Azure Sentinel Solutions products, although all of them are just available now at the preview stage. There are cloud workload integrations (Cloudflare and Palo Alto Prisma), threat intelligence solutions (ReversingLabs and RiskIQ), identity management (PingFederate) and audit solutions for Oracle and Azure SQL database management applications, among other solutions.

The Azure Sentinel Solution for SAP, currently at preview, was highlighted in Microsoft's announcement. It pulls SAP logs into Azure Sentinel. IT pros can view data, conduct investigations and create custom alerts on SAP-managed data.

Microsoft published another announcement about the Azure Sentinel enhancements in this post. It notably lists the software upload steps for Azure Sentinel Solutions partners.  

Microsoft Teams Integration Preview
Azure Sentinel now integrates with the Microsoft Teams collaboration service at the preview level, as described in this announcement.

Teams integration is conceived as an easier way for IT personnel to collaborate on security incidents. It's done by forming a team. Some functions get automatically added to these teams, namely "Posts, Incident Page, OneNote and Files," which show up as "tabs" within the team.

One benefit to this communication approach using Teams is that automatic archiving happens for security incidents.

"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," Microsoft's announcement explained.

Anomaly Detections Preview
Also at preview is the ability to create machine learning "anomaly" detections in Azure Sentinel. The anomalies reflect "11 of the 14 total MITRE ATT&CK tactics," Microsoft explained.

The parameters used in the machine learning model for the anomalies can be customized. IT pros might want to do customization of the parameters to tune down "noise" in the detection results. Microsoft described how it works in this announcement.

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Kurt Mackie is senior news producer for 1105 Media's Converge360 group.


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