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Azure Sentinel

Have you seen Microsoft latest play in the security market? As Microsoft put it “See and stop threats before they cause harm, with SIEM reinvented for a modern world. Azure Sentinel is your bird’s-eye view across the enterprise. Put the cloud and large-scale intelligence from decades of Microsoft security experience to work. Make your threat detection and response smarter and faster with artificial intelligence (AI). Eliminate security infrastructure setup and maintenance, and elastically scale to meet your security needs – while reducing IT costs.”

Whats is a SIEM?

So what is Azure Sentinel and what benefits does it offer? Well, firstly let’s look at what a SIEM is. Security information and event management (SIEM) is a software platform that aggregates and analyses activity from many different resources across your entire IT landscape.

SIEM’s collect security data from network devices, servers, domain controllers, and more. SIEM’s store, normalizes, aggregates, and apply analytics to data. They discover trends, detect threats, and enable organizations to investigate any alerts.

What does a SIEM provide?

SIEMs provides two primary capabilities to an Incident Response team:

  • Reporting and forensics about security incidents
  • Alerts based on analytics that match a certain rule set, indicating a security issue

At its core, a SIEM is a data aggregator, search, and reporting system. SIEM gathers immense amounts of data from your entire networked environment, consolidates and makes that data human accessible. With the data categorized and laid out at your fingertips, you can research data security breaches with as much detail as needed.

Why is Azure Sentinel different?

The first area in which Azure offers a different spin on the already saturated SIEM market is in the ease of deployment. Microsoft has made real progress on automating much of the complexity of deploying a SIEM. The other differentiator is in the Cloud billing, making the solution very simple to deploy and scale up without the need for large capital investment. Finally, Microsoft have created an automated response system, this can be configured to complete tasks that remediate and alert businesses on threats.

What are the Benefits of the Azure Sentinel solution?

The key benefits from the Azure Sentinel platform are as follows:

  • Cloud Hosted
  • Pay as you use model
  • Simple integration with Microsoft Stack
  • Great automation features
  • Ability to connect all Clouds

How do you get started?

If you are looking to start your journey with Azure Sentinel, get in touch and Next2IT will be more than happy to provide a demo and help you plan your security road map!