Why Smart SOAR is the Best SOAR for Microsoft Defender for Endpoint

In the fast-paced world of cybersecurity, security teams must continuously adapt to protect their organization’s digital assets. Streamlining and automating incident response processes is essential for effective defense against threats. One way to achieve this is by integrating powerful cybersecurity tools like Microsoft Defender for Endpoint with a robust security orchestration, automation, and response (SOAR) platform, such as D3 Smart SOAR. In this playbook breakdown, we’ll explore the benefits of D3 Security’s Microsoft Defender for Endpoint integration and discuss how Smart SOAR playbooks can help security teams efficiently investigate and respond to endpoint detection and response (EDR) alerts.

Optimizing Incident Response with the Integration of Microsoft Defender for Endpoint and D3 Smart SOAR

The playbook we’re reviewing has three main stages: Enrichment, Correlation, and Response.

Smart SOAR Microsoft Defender for Endpoint playbook meta overview


Within the enrichment section of the playbook, Microsoft Defender for Endpoint’s API calls are used to gather information on the affected host, including active users, operating system, IP addresses, and actions. The results are then parsed and displayed to the analyst for review.

Smart SOAR Microsoft Defender for Endpoint playbook enrichment workflow overview

Here, you can see the enriched information formatted into tables in the incident overview.

Smart SOAR Microsoft Defender for Endpoint playbook incident overview

In the correlation section, the playbook searches both Defender for Endpoint and Smart SOAR for alerts that contain the same file hash. If found, they are attached to the existing incident for further analysis. Additionally, the playbook searches for other devices that have been affected by the same file hash, and initiates a scan on those devices.

Smart SOAR Microsoft Defender for Endpoint playbook correlation overview


Once all relevant information has been collected, the playbook presents the analyst with the option to determine if a malicious artifact has been found. If yes, the artifact is flagged as an indicator in Defender for Endpoint and an email is sent to the device owner’s manager to approve the isolation of the affected device.

Smart SOAR Microsoft Defender for Endpoint playbook response overview


By automating these tasks, security teams can quickly review the information and make a decision about how to proceed, helping to reduce response time and mitigate risks. With D3’s other playbooks, you can automate actions across all the tools in your security stack, providing a complete picture of the event.

Enhance Case Management and Data Enrichment with D3 Security’s Smart SOAR Platform

D3 Security’s Smart SOAR platform comes with over 20 integration commands for Microsoft Defender for Endpoint that cover case management, data enrichment, and response activities. In the case management section, you can ingest alerts into D3 and update alerts in Defender for Endpoint using API calls from the application. You can also gather host and artifact information, such as active users and related file events. Finally, you can quarantine devices and artifacts, initiate scans, and put them back on the network.

Smart SOAR Microsoft Defender for Endpoint playbook Event Details


Smart SOAR Microsoft Defender for Endpoint playbook Event Details

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In conclusion, integrating Microsoft Defender for Endpoint with D3 Security’s Smart SOAR platform offers an efficient and automated approach to investigating and responding to cybersecurity incidents. By leveraging D3’s playbooks and integration commands, security teams can quickly analyze, correlate, and respond to threats, reducing response times and effectively mitigating risks. With D3 Security’s comprehensive SOAR capabilities and Microsoft Defender for Endpoint’s robust EDR features, organizations can significantly enhance their security posture and stay ahead of evolving cyber threats.

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Pierre Noujeim

Pierre Noujeim is a Product Marketing Manager with a cyber security engineering background. Having implemented SOAR at enterprise organizations as well as for D3's MSSP partners, Pierre has rich and varied insight into integrations, use cases and the cyber security vendor landscape. A dedicated product marketer, Pierre represents D3 at analyst briefings, webinar workshops and industry conferences such as RSA and Black Hat.