If you are safeguarding a business and its IT systems, you likely know about Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) systems and Security Orchestration, Automation, and Response (SOAR) systems. You have thousands, maybe millions of logs flowing from many different places. You need a central place to normalize and analyze these logs collectively and be notified when suspicious activity occurs.
Azure Sentinel is Microsoft’s cloud security solution. Sentinel simplifies the process of gathering security data across your entire infrastructure, whether it is on-prem, cloud, or both, and normalizing varying formats so that you can aggregate and correlate it all. Sentinel is cloud based, so there is no need to allocate many resources setting up or maintaining it. Not only is it a log management solution, but also offers threat hunting, visualization, investigation, data analyzing, automatic remediation and more. And because Sentinel is built on Azure, and is a product of Microsoft, who dominates the computing market, it offers virtually unlimited compute power, scale, and storage.
When it comes to the rich DNS query and security data provided by Infoblox products, these features of Sentinel prove invaluable. Maybe you wish to do a little more with the logs generated by your Infoblox products than what is available on the CSP. An integration with Azure Sentinel and the Infoblox Cloud is built to fit this use case. Using the Infoblox Cloud Data Connector, a part of BloxOne Threat Defense, you can send your DNS query/response and security logs from the BloxOne platform to Azure Sentinel to be richly analyzed and monitored.
The BloxOne and Sentinel integration is part of Microsoft’s emerging family of Sentinel Solutions, a one-stop shop for deploying content directly into Sentinel with just a few clicks. The solution is packaged with three components: a data connector for getting data into Sentinel, an interactive workbook to visualize and drill down to the nitty gritty of your data, and some analytics queries that check for specific, user-defined anomalous activity and notify you when it occurs. The components are highly customizable using Microsoft’s query language, Kusto Query Language (KQL), should you wish to tweak them to your needs.
To use the solution, simply create it from the Azure marketplace or portal, shown in the screenshot below, and content begins appearing in your selected Log Analytics workspace. See this video for a showcase of the integration as well as an explanation for how it works in detail.
The below screenshots show some BloxOne DNS data ingested and visualized with the workbook in Sentinel.
You’ll need a few things to get started.
- A Microsoft Azure account. You can register for a free trial on Microsoft’s website to try the solution out.
- A Sentinel subscription, resource group and Log Analytics workspace.
- An Infoblox Cloud Data Connector, which is a part of BloxOne Threat Defense. Find a quick start guide for deploying one, as well as other licensing and requirements info here.
- A Linux machine for installing the Microsoft log forwarding agent onto.
Follow the simple deployment instructions packaged with the data connector, and logs will start appearing in the Log Analytics workspace. Maximize your data with the accompanying workbook and analytics queries. Try the solution out today!