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Microsoft Copilot for Security

Microsoft Copilot for Security -Coverage and Capabilities

Microsoft Copilot for Security is being released for general availability on April 1st, 2024. Microsoft is uniquely positioned to transform security for customers, not only because of investments in AI but also because they offer end-to-end security, identity, compliance, and more across our portfolio. For Security Analysts Copilot works across the Microsoft Security Stack. Standalone: Helps teams gain a broader context to troubleshoot and remediate incidents faster within Copilot for Security, with all use cases in one place, enabling enriched cross-product guidance.

  • Embedded: Offers the intuitive experience of getting Copilot guidance natively within the products that your team members already work from and are familiar with.

The threat vectors and delivery value with a coordinated experience through Microsoft Copilot are covered below with Microsoft Defender XDR, Microsoft Unified SOC, Microsoft Purview, Microsoft Entra, and Microsoft Intune.

Microsoft Defender XDR

Microsoft Defender XDR (Extended Detection and Response) is a comprehensive cybersecurity solution offered by Microsoft. It is designed to provide advanced threat detection, investigation, and response capabilities across various endpoints, networks, and cloud environments. Here’s a breakdown of its key components and functionalities:

Detection and Prevention: Microsoft Defender XDR employs advanced threat detection algorithms and machine learning models to identify potential security threats across endpoints, networks, and cloud environments. It can detect a wide range of threats, including malware, ransomware, phishing attempts, suspicious behavior, and other cybersecurity risks.

Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR): Microsoft Defender XDR includes endpoint detection and response capabilities, allowing organizations to monitor and protect individual devices such as desktops, laptops, servers, and mobile devices. It provides real-time visibility into endpoint activities, enabling rapid threat detection and response.

Network Detection and Response (NDR): In addition to endpoint protection, Microsoft Defender XDR offers network detection and response features to monitor network traffic and identify potential security threats. It can detect suspicious network activities, unauthorized access attempts, and other network-based attacks.

Cloud Application Security: Microsoft Defender XDR extends its protection to cloud environments, including popular platforms like Microsoft Azure and Office 365. It helps organizations secure their cloud-based applications and data against various cyber threats, ensuring comprehensive security across hybrid environments.

Threat Intelligence Integration: Microsoft Defender XDR integrates with threat intelligence sources to provide organizations with up-to-date information about emerging cybersecurity threats and trends. This integration enhances threat detection accuracy and helps organizations stay ahead of evolving threats.

Automated Response and Remediation: Microsoft Defender XDR includes automated response and remediation capabilities to streamline incident response processes. It can automatically contain and mitigate security incidents, minimizing the impact of cyber-attacks and reducing manual intervention required from security teams.

Centralized Management and Reporting: Microsoft Defender XDR provides a centralized management console for monitoring security alerts, managing security policies, and generating comprehensive reports. This centralized approach simplifies security operations and enables organizations to effectively manage their cybersecurity posture.

Microsoft Copilot in Microsoft Defender XDR

  • Investigate and respond to threats in a guided experience: Summarize an incident, assess its impact, provide actionable recommendations for faster investigation and remediation, and, lastly, generate a post-response activity report.
  • Upskill security talent: Unlock new skills that allow analysts at all levels to complete complex tasks like threat hunting, reverse engineering of malware, and more.
  • Assess risks with AI-driven threat intelligence: Inquire in natural language about emerging threats and your organization’s exposure and gain contextualized insights for rapid response to new and evolving threats.

 Microsoft Unified SOC (Security Operations Center)

Microsoft Unified SOC (Security Operations Center) Platform refers to an integrated suite of tools and services provided by Microsoft to enhance security monitoring, threat detection, and incident response capabilities for organizations. The platform typically incorporates various Microsoft security products and services, such as:

Azure Sentinel: Azure Sentinel is a cloud-native security information and event management (SIEM) service that provides intelligent security analytics across the enterprise, offering insights into threats and helping organizations detect and respond to them effectively.

Microsoft Defender for Endpoint: This component focuses on endpoint protection, leveraging advanced threat detection and prevention capabilities to safeguard devices across the organization.

Microsoft 365 Defender: Formerly known as Microsoft Threat Protection, Microsoft 365 Defender integrates threat protection for endpoints, email, identities, and applications, offering unified security management and automated incident response.

Microsoft Cloud App Security: This service enables organizations to gain visibility into and control over their cloud applications, providing protection against threats and data leaks across various cloud services.

Microsoft Defender for Identity: Formerly known as Azure Advanced Threat Protection (ATP), this component focuses on detecting advanced threats targeting identities and credentials within the organization’s network.

Azure Security Center: Azure Security Center helps organizations prevent, detect, and respond to threats with increased visibility and control over the security posture of their Azure resources.

Microsoft Copilot in Unified SOC Platform

  • Intelligent context for alerts and incidents: Quickly assesses emerging threats and your organization’s exposure. Respond with enriched, AI-driven insights.
  • Rapid investigation and response: Security Copilot provides end-to-end support to analysts. From summaries of incidents and responses to assessments of incident impact to actionable recommendations for faster investigation and remediation.
  • Unlock advanced SOC skills: Unlock new skills that allow analysts at all levels to complete complex tasks translating natural language to KQL or analyzing malicious scripts.

Microsoft Purview

Microsoft Purview is a data governance solution offered by Microsoft. It’s designed to help organizations understand and manage their data assets across the entire data landscape, including on-premises, multi-cloud, and SaaS (Software as a Service) environments. Here’s a breakdown of its key features and functionalities:

Data Discovery: Purview automatically discovers and catalogs data across various sources, including databases, files, and cloud services. This helps organizations gain visibility into their data estate, even if dispersed across different platforms and locations.

Data Cataloging: Once data is discovered, Purview creates a centralized catalog that contains metadata and lineage information about each data asset. This metadata includes details such as data types, schemas, ownership, and usage statistics. It enables users to search, browse, and understand the available data assets within their organization.

Data Classification and Sensitivity Labeling: Purview assists in classifying and labeling data based on sensitivity and compliance requirements. It automatically applies labels to data assets using built-in or custom classification policies, helping organizations enforce data governance policies and ensure regulatory compliance.

Data Governance Insights: Purview provides insights and analytics dashboards to help organizations monitor data governance metrics, such as data quality, usage patterns, and compliance status. These insights enable data stewards and governance teams to identify issues, track progress, and make informed decisions about their data assets.

Integration with Azure Services: As part of the Microsoft ecosystem, Purview seamlessly integrates with other Azure services, such as Azure Data Lake Storage, Azure Synapse Analytics, and Azure SQL Database. This integration enables organizations to leverage Purview’s capabilities within their existing Azure environment and data workflows.

Open Platform: Purview supports integration with third-party data governance tools and platforms through open APIs and connectors. This allows organizations to extend Purview’s capabilities and incorporate it into their existing data management ecosystem.

Microsoft Copilot in Microsoft Purview

  • Scaled visibility: Gain comprehensive, integrated visibility across solutions and insight into relevant compliance regulatory requirements.
  • Summarization for speed: Quickly summarize alerts containing a breadth of signals and lengthy content to review in the lens of data security and compliance policies.
  • Unlock expert skills: Receive step-by-step guidance, conduct searches in natural language, and conduct advanced investigations without keyword query language.

Microsoft Copilot in Microsoft Entra 

  • Rapid identity risk investigation: Explore sign-ins and risky users, understand the ‘why’ and get contextualized insights on what to do to protect the accounts, all in natural language.
  • Faster troubleshooting: With context at your fingertips, find gaps in access policies, generate identity workflows, and get to the root of the problem faster.
  • New levels of efficiency: Guided recommendations allow admins at all levels to complete complex tasks such as incident investigations. Sign-in log analysis eliminates the need for manual inspection.

Microsoft Intune

Microsoft Intune is a cloud-based service that enables organizations to manage and secure their users’ devices, apps, and data. It’s a part of the Microsoft Endpoint Manager suite, which also includes Configuration Manager. Intune helps businesses manage mobile devices, PCs, and applications from the cloud, without the need for on-premises infrastructure. Here are some key features and functionalities of Microsoft Intune:

Device Management: Intune allows IT administrators to manage a wide range of devices, including smartphones, tablets, laptops, and desktop computers. It supports various platforms like Windows, macOS, iOS, and Android.

Policy Enforcement: Administrators can create and enforce security policies across devices to ensure compliance with organizational standards. These policies can include requirements for device encryption, passcode complexity, app usage, and more.

App Management: Intune enables organizations to distribute and manage in-house and third-party applications. It supports features such as app installation, updates, removal, and app configuration settings.

Data Protection: With Intune, administrators can implement data protection measures to safeguard sensitive information on devices. This includes features like encryption, remote wipe, and conditional access policies based on factors like device compliance and user identity.

Conditional Access: Intune provides granular control over access to corporate resources based on specific conditions such as device compliance, location, and user identity. This helps organizations maintain security while allowing flexible access for users.

Endpoint Security: Intune integrates with other Microsoft security solutions, such as Microsoft Defender for Endpoint, allowing administrators to extend threat protection to managed devices and respond to security incidents effectively.

Reporting and Monitoring: Intune offers robust reporting and monitoring capabilities, providing insights into device compliance, application usage, security incidents, and more. This helps administrators track the health and security of their device fleet.

Microsoft Copilot in Microsoft Intune

  • Faster response: Swiftly respond to threats, incidents, and vulnerabilities with full device context and AI-assisted insights and actions.
  • More informed outcomes: Proactively apply targeted policies and remediate endpoint issues with what-if analysis, actionable guidance, and a deep understanding of device, user, and app status.
  • Simplified posture management: Quickly translate business intent into recommended and compliant configurations and policies using natural language.

Measuring the quality of work in your organization is hard. Are you finding more attack details and documenting them more accurately in the incident? You can sample work output on similar cases with/ without Microsoft Copilot and score them for quality with the Vistas Cloud Support Team. If the sample size is big enough, you can start to look at trends. The use of Microsoft Copilot gives your analysts and admins an upper hand over higher-level security threats. The business returns through ROI shall start reflecting in the two business quarters after the installation of Microsoft Copilot.

Vistas Cloud goes the extra mile by equipping businesses with the knowledge and skills needed to effectively utilize Microsoft Copilot to its fullest potential as they are pioneers in Microsoft 365 & Dynamics 365 solutions. This commitment ensures that each business can tailor the solution to their unique requirements, fostering sustainable growth and long-term success. In summary, Vistas Cloud’s unwavering dedication to excellence, combined with its expertise and ongoing support, makes it the ideal partner for small businesses looking to optimize their operations and provide exceptional customer experiences through Microsoft Copilot multi-cloud solutions.