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Find out what sets apart Microsoft's new SIEM tool (Azure Sentinel) from the rest of the solutions in the marketplace. Take a deeper look at Threat Hunting within Azure Sentinel and five features that make Sentinel an effective tool for security teams rather they use Azure or not.
Oct 25, 2019
As far as data breaches go, 2019 is shaping up to be a landmark year based on the findings of the 2019 MidYear QuickView report published by Risk Based Security. According to the report, breaches in 2019 were 52% higher than what was recorded in 2018 and the year is still not over. The success of these cyberattacks has been attributed to the Internet of Things (IoT), inexperienced staff, integration of cloud services, and the ever-changing cyberattack landscape. The latter reasons were why Microsoft announced the launch of its Azure Sentinel cloud-based Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) solution.
Azure Sentinel is touted as an intelligent security analytics cloud-based SIEM for enterprises. As expected, the statement raised questions on how different Azure Sentinel SIEM is from the more well-known security solutions such as Splunk, LogRhythm, RSA NetWitness and IBM QRadar; let alone Microsoft’s very own Azure Security Center (ASC). One Sentinel's core differences - Threat hunting.
First and foremost, Azure Sentinel allows enterprises to bring in all security events across a hybrid infrastructure into its cloud-based service environment. This means that Sentinel is more of a "SIEM as a Service" tool in its true sense. It also highlights the fact that enterprises will have a deeper insight into security events compared to using other software information and event management (SIEM) competitors.
With Azure Sentinel, predictive analytics when hunting threats is taken to a new level. Security events can be found and analyzed before they occur. Thus, Azure Sentinel takes a more proactive approach to identifying threats than the more reactive nature of Azure Security Center. An example of how Sentinel accomplishes this feat can be seen from considering a vmExtension deployment within a workspace and a procStart event with a defined command and control Uniform Resource Identifier (URI). While ASC may not raise an alarm about the vmExtension, Azure Sentinel can be taught to correlate the difference between both processes and show the responders the exact entry point of the vmExtension.
In the above scenario, Azure Sentinel can highlight malicious deployments and kill these processes in real-time. This eliminates the effort that comes with manually viewing every process until the malware deployed via an extension is discovered.
Listed below are five features that ensure Azure Sentinel stands out from the crowd as a proactive SIEM solution:
If your enterprise makes use of on-premise, hybrid or multi-cloud, and interconnected infrastructure; then Azure Sentinel may be the new intelligent, connected SEIM tool you’ve been looking for. Its versatile features can play a huge role in reducing the effort, alert volume and reactive processes that currently dominates the cybersecurity space.
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