sb-nz logo
Story image

Microsoft announces Azure Sentinel SIEM general availability

26 Sep 2019

Microsoft has announced the general availability of its cloud-native security information and event management (SIEM) solution this week.

Azure Sentinel provides intelligent security analytics through the cloud for enterprises, designed to address the modern challenges of security analytics.

The solution, which first launched as a public preview earlier this year, gleaned feedback from 12000 customers and analysed two petabytes of data. Microsoft says that the feedback and data had a common theme: Defenders needed the ability to be nimble and efficient in their cybersecurity.

According to Microsoft cybersecurity solutions group corporate vice president Ann Johnson, traditional SIEM solutions simply have not kept up with digital changes.

“I commonly hear from customers that they’re spending more time with deployment and maintenance of SIEM solutions, which leaves them unable to properly handle the volume of data or the agility of adversaries,” says Johnson.

Enterprises anchor their security operations with SIEM systems. More are also turning to machine learning algorithms as part of their analytics tools.

“Traditional on-premises SIEMs require a combination of infrastructure costs and software costs, all paired with annual commitments or inflexible contracts. We are removing those pain points, since Azure Sentinel is a cost-effective, cloud-native SIEM with predictable billing and flexible commitments,” explains Johnson.

Fashion retailer ASOS is one customer that deployed Azure Sentinel, which integrates data from Azure Active Directory, Azure Security Center, and Microsoft 365. It can now spot threats early and cut issue resolution times in half.

“There are a lot of threats out there,” comments ASOS cyber security operations lead Stuart Gregg.

“You’ve got insider threats, account compromise, threats to our website and customer data, even physical security threats. We’re constantly trying to defend ourselves and be more proactive in everything we do.”

Greg says ASOS found that Azure Sentinel was easy to set up and now provides data in one single system, rather than separate systems.

“We can literally click a few buttons and all our security solutions feed data into Azure Sentinel.”

Microsoft is also continuing to innovate in Azure Sentinel, with the core ability to connect to any data source, no matter where it is located.

“We continue to add new connectors to different sources and more machine learning-based detections,” says Johnson.

“Azure Sentinel will also integrate with Azure Lighthouse service, which will enable service providers and enterprise customers with the ability to view Azure Sentinel instances across different tenants in Azure.”

Story image
Why best-practice threat data management provides confident automation
Understanding an organisation’s threat landscape requires having both the right threat data sources and the proper prioritisation to derive actionable threat intelligence for your organisation. More
Story image
Microsoft is most imitated brand for phishing attacks in Q3
Popular phishing tactics using the Microsoft brand used email campaigns to steal credentials of Microsoft accounts, luring victims to click on malicious links which redirect them to a fraudulent Microsoft login page. More
Story image
Gartner reveals the top strategic tech trends for 2021
“CIOs are striving to adapt to changing conditions to compose the future business - this requires the organisational plasticity to form and reform dynamically. Gartner’s top strategic technology trends for 2021 enable that plasticity.”More
Story image
Creating private data regulations for employees
Whether employees are hired on a part-time or full-time basis, everyone must know about data privacy regulations. Everyone needs to be responsible for keeping the organisation’s data secure. More
Story image
Lumen launches managed security services for APAC market
The new service is designed to provide enterprise businesses with a proactive, connected security strategy to enhance threat detection and protection across endpoints. More
Story image
Surfshark rolls out WireGuard open source VPN protocol
When there is less code in a VPN, it is less susceptible to security vulnerabilities due to easier configuration and management, according to Surfshark.More