Microsoft 365 Defender
runZero integrates with Microsoft 365 Defender to allow you to sync and enrich your asset inventory. Adding your Microsoft 365 Defender data to runZero makes it easier to find assets missing EDR protection.
To set up the Microsoft 365 Defender integration, you’ll need to:
- Configure Microsoft 365 Defender to allow API access through runZero.
- Add the Microsoft 365 Defender credential in runZero.
- Choose whether to configure the integration as a scan probe or connector task.
- Activate the Microsoft 365 Defender integration to sync your data with runZero.
Before you can set up the Microsoft 365 Defender integration:
- Verify that you have runZero Enterprise.
- Make sure you have access to the Microsoft Azure portal.
Step 1: Register an Azure application for Microsoft 365 Defender API access
runZero can authenticate to the Microsoft 365 Defender API using a client secret. Register an application to configure Microsoft 365 Defender API access.
- Log into the Microsoft Azure portal.
- Go to Azure Active Directory > App registrations and click on New registration.
- Provide a name.
- Select the supported account types.
- Optionally add a redirect URI.
- Click Register to register the application.
- Once the application is created, you should see the Overview dashboard. Note the following information:
- Application (client) ID
- Directory (tenant) ID
- From the application’s details page, go to
API permissions > Add a permission.
- Select the second tab called APIs my organization uses to view available APIs.
WindowsDefenderATPfrom the list of Microsoft APIs.
- Select the permissions type
Application permissionsto configure a client secret.
- Search for and select the following required permissions:
- Windows Defender ATP API permissions:
- Windows Defender ATP API permissions:
- Click Add permissions to save the permissions to the application.
- Navigate to Azure Active Directory > App registrations and select the application you created.
- Go to Certificates & secrets and click on New client secret.
- Enter a description.
- Select the expiration.
- Click Add to create the client secret and save the client secret value.
Step 2: Add an Azure Client Secret credential to runZero
This type of credential can be used to sync all resources in a single directory (across multiple subscriptions).
- Go to the Credentials page in runZero and click Add Credential.
- Provide a name for the credential, like
Azure Client Secret.
- Choose Azure Client Secret from the list of credential types.
- Provide the following information:
- Azure application (client) ID - The unique ID for the registered application. This can be found in the Azure portal if you go to Azure Active Directory > App registrations and select the application.
- Azure client secret - To generate a client secret, go to Azure Active Directory > App registrations, select your application, go to Certificates & secrets and click on New client secret.
- Azure directory (tenant) ID - The unique ID for the tenant. This can be found in the Azure portal if you go to Azure Active Directory > App registrations and select the application.
- Select the Access all subscriptions in this directory (tenant) option to sync all resources in your directory. Otherwise, specify the Azure subscription ID - The unique ID for the subscription that you want to sync. This can be found in the Azure portal if you go to Subscriptions and select the subscription.
- If you want other organizations to be able to use this credential, select the
Make this a global credentialoption. Otherwise, you can configure access on a per organization basis.
- Save the credential. You’re now ready to set up and activate the connection to bring in data from Azure.
Step 3: Choose how to configure the Microsoft 365 Defender integration
The Microsoft 365 Defender integration can be configured as either a scan probe or a connector task. Scan probes gather data from integrations during scan tasks. Connector tasks run independently from either the cloud or one of your Explorers, only performing the integration sync.
Step 4: Set up and activate the Microsoft 365 Defender integration to sync data
After you add your Microsoft 365 Defender credential, you’ll need to set up a connector task or scan probe to sync your data.
Step 4a: Configure the Microsoft 365 Defender integration as a connector task
A connection requires you to set a schedule and choose a site. The schedule determines when the sync occurs, and the site determines where any new Microsoft 365 Defender-only assets are created.
- Activate a connection to Microsoft 365 Defender. You can access all available third-party connections from the integrations page, your inventory, or the tasks page.
- Choose the credential you added earlier. If you don’t see the credential listed, make sure it has access to the organization you are currently in.
- Enter a name for the task, like
Microsoft 365 Defender sync.
- Schedule the sync. A sync can be set to run on a recurring schedule or run once. The schedule will start on the date and time you have set.
- Under Task configuration, choose the site you want to add your assets to.
- If you want to exclude assets that have not been scanned by runZero from your integration import, switch the Exclude unknown assets toggle to
Yes. By default, the integration will include assets that have not been scanned by runZero.
- If you want to include assets that have stopped reporting to the Microsoft 365 Defender service in your integration import, switch the Include inactive assets toggle to
Yes. By default, the integration will not include assets that are marked as inactive.
- Activate the connection when you are done. The sync will run on the defined schedule. You can always check the Scheduled tasks to see when the next sync will occur.
Step 4b: Configure the Microsoft 365 Defender integration as a scan probe
- Create a new scan task or select a future or recurring scan task from your Tasks page.
- Add or update the scan parameters based on any additional requirements.
- On the Probes and SNMP tab, choose which additional probes to include, set the Defender365 toggle to
Yes, and change any of the default options if needed.
- On the Credentials tab, set the MS365Defender toggle for the credential you wish to use to
- Click Initialize scan to save the scan task and have it run immediately or at the scheduled time.
Step 5: View Microsoft 365 Defender assets
After a successful sync, you can go to your inventory to view your Microsoft 365 Defender assets. These assets will have an Active Directory icon listed in the Source column.
To filter by Microsoft 365 Defender assets, consider running the following queries:
- View all Microsoft 365 Defender assets:
- View runZero assets not connected to Microsoft 365 Defender:
source:runzero AND NOT source:ms365defender
Click into each asset to see its individual attributes. runZero will show you the attributes returned by Microsoft 365 Defender.
If you are having trouble using this integration, the questions and answers below may assist in your troubleshooting.
Why is the Microsoft 365 Defender integration unable to connect?
- Are you getting any data from the Microsoft 365 Defender integration?
- Make sure to query the inventory rather than look at the task details to review all the data available from this integration.
- In some cases, integrations have a configuration set that limits the amount of data that comes into the runZero console.
- Some integrations require very specific actions that are easy to overlook. If a step is missed when setting up the intergration, it may not work correctly. Please review this documentation and follow the steps exactly.
- If the Microsoft 365 Defender integration is unable to connect be sure to check the task log for errors. Some common errors include:
- 500 - server error, unable to connect to the endpoint
- 404 - hitting an unknown endpoint on the server
- 403 - not authorized, likely a credential issue