Contrast Security and Microsoft Commit To Zero-Trust Architectures at the Application Layer 


Contrast Security, a leader in modernising application security and long-time member of the Microsoft Intelligent Security Association (MISA), announced it is available in the Microsoft Azure Marketplace and is the only runtime application protection offering in the newly announced Microsoft Azure Sentinel Solutions. 

The strong integration between Contrast Protect and Azure Sentinel, a scalable, cloud-native, security information and event management (SIEM), and security orchestration, automation and response (SOAR) solution, enables an easy-to-deploy and easy-to-operate joint zero-trust security solution. 

The solution delivers a perimeter-less or inside-out view of application and application programming interface (API) security threats and attacks with enhanced insights and protection coupled with enterprise security intelligence to Azure Sentinel users.

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Traditional perimeter-based security can’t keep up with the complexity of modern applications, and today’s businesses and federal agencies need a zero-trust model that more effectively adapts to the current cybersecurity threats and protects applications wherever they’re located. 

Azure Sentinel provides intelligent security analytics and threat intelligence across the enterprise, providing a single solution for alert detection, threat visibility, proactive hunting, and threat response. Contrast Protect integrates with Microsoft Azure Sentinel, delivering deep insights into application-specific vulnerabilities and provides protection from exploits, which buys time for development teams to prioritize and schedule fixes. By focusing on actionable and timely application layer threat intelligence, it makes it easier for security and operations teams to understand and manage the severity of threats and attacks. 

Beyond visibility into application attacks across several dimensions — including effectiveness by the outcome, rule classification, and data/time — users can further drill down on attack details in a convenient, easy-to-consume table format native to Azure Sentinel with all their other layered telemetry for enhanced threat intelligence. 

In addition, with Contrast Protect, analytics rules are predefined and can be modified in Azure Sentinel to automatically create an incident that can then be investigated by security and threat analysts within the security operations centre (SOC) team. 

The dramatic precision to determine actual attacks from inconsequential probes means Contrast Protect sends more accurate and actionable telemetry to Azure Sentinel. In turn, the integration reduces alert fatigue by 90 per cent, closes critical gaps, and drives mean-time-to-resolution (MTTR) efficiencies by delivering automated blocking technology and correlation for triaging incidents.

Also available on Azure Marketplace is the Contrast Security Application Platform. Microsoft Azure customers want to streamline not only the deployment and operations of third-party solutions and integrations on Azure but also streamline their software procurement processes.