Describe Microsoft Defender for Identity
Microsoft Defender for Identity, formerly Azure Advanced Threat Protection (Azure ATP), is a cloud-based security solution. It uses your on-premises Active Directory data (called signals) to identify, detect, and investigate advanced threats, compromised identities, and malicious insider actions directed at your organization. Microsoft Defender for Identity covers these key areas:
- Monitor and profile user behavior and activities.
- Protect user identities and reduce the attack surface.
- Identify suspicious activities and advanced attacks across the cyberattack kill-chain.
Monitor and profile user behavior and activities
Defender for Identity monitors and analyzes user activities and information across your network, including permissions and group membership, creating a behavioral baseline for each user. Defender for Identity then identifies anomalies with adaptive built-in intelligence. It gives insights into suspicious activities and events, revealing the advanced threats, compromised users, and insider threats facing your organization.
Protect user identities and reduce the attack surface
Defender for Identity gives invaluable insights on identity configurations and suggested security best practices. Through security reports and user profile analytics, Defender for Identity helps reduce your organizational attack surface, making it harder to compromise user credentials and advance an attack.
Defender for Identity security reports, help identify users and devices that authenticate using clear-text passwords. It also provides extra insights into how to improve security posture and policies.
Identify suspicious activities and advanced attacks across the cyberattack kill-chain
Typically, attacks are launched against any accessible entity, such as a low-privileged user. Attacks then quickly move laterally until the attacker accesses valuable assets. These assets might include sensitive accounts, domain administrators, and highly sensitive data. Defender for Identity identifies these advanced threats at the source throughout the entire cyberattack kill chain:
- Compromised credentials
- Lateral movements
- Domain dominance
Investigate alerts and user activities
Defender for Identity is designed to reduce general alert noise, providing only relevant, important security alerts in a simple, real-time organizational attack timeline.
Use the Defender for Identity attack timeline view and the intelligence of smart analytics to stay focused on what matters. Also, you can use Defender for Identity to quickly investigate threats, and gain insights across the organization for users, devices, and network resources.
Microsoft Defender for Identity protects your organization from compromised identities, advanced threats, and malicious insider actions.