Tuesday, February 22, 2022

Microsoft Defender for IoT - General Release Update


In addition to our December announcement for the recent version of Microsoft Defender for IoT. Today we are excited to announce that our first General Availability (GA) release, version 22.1, is now available with additional Public Preview features via Azure portal to scale large environments and control the security components from a single pane of glass. 

In this release, the Defender for IoT sensor console has been re-designed to create a unified Microsoft Azure experience and enhanced  and simplified workflows. 


Microsoft Defender for IoT's OT Sensor is a key component for deep packet inspection and OT environment analysis. The latest release emphasizes accessibility and reduces time to value by minimizing installation times for faster and more efficient deployment.

Lastly, we have leveraged our detection capabilities to get broader security coverage, with an emphasis on customizing the alert engine to detect even the most minor changes in your business-critical environments. With this release we are introducing revamped unified user experience on both the sensor console as well as the Azure portal when performing detailed incident investigation and response. 


What's New ? 

OT sensor features for Defender for IoT in the Azure portal 

  • Fast deployment using a new connectivity model that provides a secure, plug-and-play experience for connecting your sensors to Defender for IoT 
  • Customizable reports for enhanced visibility of your environment security posture
  • Ability to Automatically push threat intelligence updates to keep your sensors up to date with the latest threats.
  • Microsoft Defender for Endpoint can be integrated with Defender for IoT and share IoT devices knowledge for better analysis the security exposure that associate with them.   
  • Threat Detection Alerts with MITRE ATT&CK for ICS. Analyze your alerts using insightful indications about the related tactics and techniques. Use these additional alert enhancements to better understand attacker behavior, the actions that he may take to operate inside the OT network and respond accordingly. 



OT Sensor version 22.1 

  • Revamped User Experience across all the system based on the feedback of our enterprise customers collected over the past 5 years. For example, new Device inventory page now includes detailed device pages with advanced information.  



  • We've also implemented global readiness and accessibility features to comply with Microsoft standards. These updates include localization for over 15 languages


  • The Overview page now includes data that better highlights system deployment details, critical network monitoring health, top alerts, and important trends and statistics. 


  • Reduce time-to-execute using our new sensor installation wizard, which verifies sensor details including the ability to connect to the cloud already from the onboarding phase.
  • New Alerts page to enhance the security and operation of your IoT/OT network. Access contextual data for each alert, such as events that occurred around the same time, or a map of connected devices.
  • Use our tailored threat detection engine with flexible custom alerts and advanced Deep Packet Inspection, (DPI) to detect specific changes in your production lines and schedule custom rules to run and detect threats outside of regular working hours.  
  • Better support for high resolution screens and themes, including high contrasts and dark mode   




About Microsoft Defender for IoT 


OT sensor provides agentless, network-layer security, provides security for diverse industrial equipment, and interoperates with Azure Sentinel and other SOC tools.   
Continuous asset discovery, vulnerability management, and threat detection for Internet of Things (IoT) devices, operational technology (OT) and Industrial Control Systems (ICS) can be deployed on-premises or in Azure-connected environments. 


To learn more, visit Microsoft Defender for IoT Release Notes | Microsoft Docs 
Download links available at Defender for IoT Management Portal - Microsoft Azure. '






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