Connecting to a Microsoft Azure asset data source
The Microsoft Azure Connected Assets and Risk connector can be run in the platform cluster. The connector incrementally synchronizes the contents of the Microsoft Azure asset databases with the data that is managed by the Connected Assets and Risk service.
Before you begin
- Azure Service Management
- Microsoft Graph
About this task
The Microsoft Azure Security Center connector is designed to work with the Virtual Machines, Network Interfaces, Applications, SQL databases, and Vulnerabilities resources.
Microsoft Azure Security Center is an infrastructure security management system that offers threat protection across hybrid cloud environments. For more information, see Azure Security Center (https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/services/security-center/).
- Go to .
- On the Assets tab, click Connect an asset.
- Click Azure, then click Next.
- Configure the connection to the data source.
- In the Connector name field, assign a name
to uniquely identify the data source connection. Tip: Only alphanumeric characters and the following special characters are allowed: - . _
- In the Connector description field, write a
description to indicate the purpose of the data source connection. Tip: Only alphanumeric characters and the following special characters are allowed: - . _
- In the Edge gateway (optional) field, specify
which IBM® Security Edge Gateway to use.
Select an Edge Gateway to host the connector. The Edge Gateway must be version 1.6 or later. It can take up to 5 minutes to establish the connection to the Edge Gateway.Important: If you have a firewall between your platform cluster and the data source target, use the Edge Gateway to host the containers.
For more information, see Setting up Edge Gateway.
- In the Frequency field, set how often the
connector imports data from the data source, in minutes. The value must be an integer.For example, a value of 5 causes the connector to run every 5 minutes.If the data source doesn't have many assets, or you don't want to import data often, reduce the frequency.
- In the Connector name field, assign a name to uniquely identify the data source connection.
- In the Configurations section, click Add a Configuration.
- Configure identity and access.
- Click Edit access and choose which users can connect to the data source and the type of access.
- In the Configuration name field, enter a unique name to describe the access configuration and distinguish it from the other access configurations for this data source connection that you might set up. Only alphanumeric characters and the following special characters are allowed: - . _
- In the Configuration description field, enter a unique description to describe the access configuration and distinguish it from the other access configurations for this data source connection that you might set up. Only alphanumeric characters and the following special characters are allowed: - . _
- In the Subscription ID field, enter your Microsoft Azure subscription ID.
- In the Tenant field, enter your Microsoft Azure tenant ID (a UUID).
- In the Client Id field, enter your Microsoft Azure client ID (a UUID).
- In the Client Secret field, enter your Microsoft Azure client secret.
- Click Add.
- To save your configuration and establish the connection, click Done.
- To edit your configurations, complete the following steps:
- On the Assets tab, select the data source connection that you want to edit.
- In the Configurations section, click Edit Configuration ().
- Edit the identity and access parameters and click Save.
The connector imports data from the data source. The connector imports data source again at the interval that you set in the Frequency field.
You can see the data source connection configuration that you added under Connections on the Assets tab of the Data source settings page. A message on the card indicates connection with the data source.
You can add other connection configurations for this data source that have different users and different data access permissions.
What to do next
Test the connection by searching for an IP address in IBM Security Data Explorer that matches an asset data source. In Data Explorer, click an IP address to view its associated assets and risk.
To use Data Explorer, you must have data sources that are connected so that the application can run queries and retrieve results across a unified set of data sources. The search results vary depending on the data that is contained in your configured data sources. For more information about how to build a query in Data Explorer, see Build a query.