With a little help from MDC

TL;DR – Testing the new MDC governance rules to automatically assign and track owners for recommendations.

I was telling one my partners this week that Sentinel and Microsoft Defender for Cloud (MDC) are best buddies. I have written about some of that nice integration in a previous blog. This week I read about a new MDC feature that I think is going to be a huge help especially to those security professionals tracking pending remediation, recommendations, and security exceptions (hi Roberto!).

Governance rules

This new feature was included in the Microsoft Defender for Cloud RSA announcements, and it is very well documented in our official documentation. To configure, navigate to the “Environment settings” blade and select either an Azure subscription (as shown below), an AWS account, or a GCP project (more on those a little later).

Then you can see the new “Governance rules (preview)” blade, as shown below. For this test I configured a rule that will assign all the “MFA” recommendations for this subscription to a specific user.

I selected the user I want to own those specific recommendations. And I also set a remediation timeframe. I could also choose a grace period, which means it won’t affect the secure score for that amount of time, but I didn’t enable it for my test. And the icing on the cake are those notifications, for the items that are open and overdue.

Now, when I look at those recommendations, I can see the owner, due date, and wether it’s on time or not. Neat!

But wait, there’s more!

It’s not just for Azure subscriptions, you can do the same for AWS accounts and GCP projects that are connected to MDC. In the example below I have chosen to assign all ‘CloudFront’ recommendations to a specific user, as shown below:

Also, when you first create the rule, it will ask you if you want to apply the rule to any existing recommendations, as shown below. For my example, I chose to apply it.

In the same manner, I can now see the recommendation, the owner, due date, and the status, which is currently, ‘On time‘.

And you can also update the owner and the ETA, because sometimes life happens.

And if you have an extension, you can see that information as well, as shown below.

I know this new feature will be very useful and will automate some of the hassle associated with tracking the security recommendations. It’s simple to configure, but a huge help for all those security teams working to protect their organizations.

2 thoughts on “With a little help from MDC

  1. Not only is this very cool —but extremely valuable indeed, as it has the potential to revamp my entire governance workflow, specifically by mapping those policy deviations to tangible users.


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