Monitoring Windows Defender Cloud Protection Service connectivity with ConfigMgr

Hello everyone, earlier this week I wrote a blog post how to test Microsoft Defender Cloud Protection Service (MAPS) with PowerShell. Today I would like to share a possible approach how to actively monitor MAPS Connectivity across all your devices using ConfigMgr configuration baselines. As mentioned in my earlier blogpost in order to take full advantage of Microsoft Defender protection capabilities, it’s important that clients can communicate with MAPS, if the client cannot communicate with Read More …

Testing Windows Defender MAPS Connectivity with PowerShell

Whenever I work with customers on Windows Defender or Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection, one of the first things I usually review are the current Windows Defender settings. Having Windows Defender properly configured is key, because otherwise you might not be able to make use of all the capabilities Defender and Defender ATP provides. One of them is MAPS (Microsoft Active Protection Service) or also known as Windows Defender Antivirus cloud-delivered protection service. Quite often Read More …

Microsoft Defender ATP – Live Response

Back in May the Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection team announced the availability of the Live response feature in MDATP. Today I took a closer look at this and thought I’d share my experiences and findings. What’s that live response thing again? “Live response is a capability that gives you instantaneous access to a machine using a remote shell connection. This gives you the power to do in-depth investigative work and take immediate response actions Read More …

The case of Running the Device and Credential Guard Hardware Readiness Tool and unknown architecture

To close this week, let me share my findings with you about running the Windows Device and Credential Guard Hardware Readiness Tool and the unknown architecture error. Believe it or not, there are still people, probably more than I assume, that run Windows in their native language instead of English. I can understand when end users do so, but honestly when administrating an infrastructure? Anyway, I recently worked for a client where the UI is Read More …

Managing Role Based Access (RBAC) for Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection

I spend quite some time during the week travelling to and from customers, to make the best use of travel time, I usually read blogs and tweets or take online trainings to keep myself up to date about whatever interests me. Yesterday I noticed a tweet from someone regarding MDATP Portal access “Security Administrator can’t be assigned to staff in my org. It’s too powerful.” Maybe not everyone is aware of the RBAC capabilities in Read More …

Exploring Microsoft Cloud App Security with PowerShell – Part1

Last Friday I was given the opportunity to present at the Configuration Manager Community Event (CMCE1905) in Bern, Switzerland. Although Microsoft Cloud App Security is not really related to ConfigMgr, many of the attendees are dealing with managing classic and modern workplaces and security is almost on everyone’s list of interest. During my session “Unleash the power of Microsoft Cloud App Security” I also demonstrated how one can explore information within Microsoft Cloud App Security Read More …

Retrieving Windows Defender Exploit Guard Windows Event logs with PowerShell

Most of the features included in Windows Defender Exploit Guard can be enabled in audit or block mode. The impact can then be analyzed either by looking at the corresponding Windows Event log entries or through advanced hunting queries in Windows Defender ATP. Today, I’ll share a script I recently wrote to quickly pull Windows Defender Exploit Guard related events from the Windows Event log. Anytime soon I will share some Kusto queries for the Read More …

How to Configure Splunk to pull Windows Defender ATP alerts

Windows Defender ATP provides SIEM integration, allowing you to pull alerts from Windows Defender ATP Security Center into Splunk. The SIEM integration uses the Windows Defender ATP Alerts Rest API. Since I have an actual customer demand for such an integration, I thought it’s about time to get a feel for how this works. Prerequisites An active Windows Defender ATP subscription with portal admin access Windows Defender ATP SIEM integration enabled within the portal. A Read More …

Configuring Windows Defender Credential Guard with ConfigMgr

I’m currently engaged in multiple customer projects where Windows 10 is already in production, but unfortunately without Windows Credential Guard enabled. For those who think “Credential ….what?” Windows Defender Credential Guard uses virtualization-based security to isolate secrets so that only privileged system software can access them. Unauthorized access to these secrets can lead to credential theft attacks, such as Pass-the-Hash or Pass-The-Ticket. More details can be found here. Some of you might think, why wasn’t Read More …

How to customize Windows Defender ATP Alert Email Notifications

During a recent customer engagement, I was asked whether the it would be possible to add additional information to the Alert email that is send out by Windows Defender ATP when a new alert occurs. @RagoReady from Microsoft gave me a good hint to look into Microsoft Flow and the Windows Defender ATP connector. When you enable Alert Notifications within the Windows Defender ATP portal, subscribed users get an alert email that looks as shown Read More …