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Special thanks to “Ofer Shezaf”, “Yaniv Shasha” and “Bindiya Priyadarshini” that collaborating with me on this blog post


As highlighted in my last blog post about Azure Sentinel’s Side-by-Side approach with Splunk, there are in fact reasons that enterprises are using Side-by-Side architecture to take advantage of Azure Sentinel. Side-by-Side is not only about having both SIEMs operating at the same time, but it also provides flexibility for migration of existing SIEM and SOAR use cases to Azure Sentinel.


This blog describes how Azure Sentinel can be used Side-by-Side with QRadar.


The following options are available to ingest Azure Sentinel alerts into QRadar:

This blog post is going to cover the integration with Microsoft Graph Security API. 


QRadar can collect events from data sources by using a plug-in called Device Support Module (DSM). IBM provides a DSM to collect data from the Microsoft Graph Security API.


Let’s start the configuration!


Preparation & Use

The following tasks describe the necessary preparation and configurations steps.

  • Onboarding Azure Sentinel
  • Registration of an application in Azure AD
  • Preparation steps in QRadar
  • Configuration steps in QRadar
  • Using Azure Sentinel alerts in QRadar


Onboarding Azure Sentinel

Onboarding Azure Sentinel is not part of this blog post; however, required guidance can be found here.


Registering an Application in Azure AD

The steps required to register an app in Azure are described here. The registered app requires read access to the SecurityEvents.Read.All field in Microsoft Graph Security API.


For further configuration in QRadar, make a note of following settings:

  • The Azure AD Application ID
  • The Azure AD Application Secret
  • The Tenant ID

Preparation Steps in QRadar

Using the Microsoft Graph Security API DSM to collect alerts from Azure Sentinel requires the following RPMs to be installed on QRadar:


  • Protocol Common RPM
  • Microsoft Graph Security API Protocol RPM


Download the latest version of RPMs from and run the following commands to install the RPMs.


yum -y install DSM-DSMCommon-7.3-20190708191548.noarch.rpm

yum -y install PROTOCOL-MicrosoftGraphSecurityAPI-7.3-20200501003005.noarch.rpm


Preparation Steps in QRadar

Now it is time to use the QRadar portal.


Log on to the “QRadar portal“and click on “Admin“tab


Open the “QRadar Log Source Management“ screen and click on the “+New Log Source” button



Select “Single Log Source



Search for “Universal DSM, select it and click on “Step 2: Select Protocol Type



Search for “Microsoft Graph Security API, select it and click on “Step 3: Configure Log Source Parameters



Type a “Name” and a “Description“, and configure “other parameters” , and click to “Step 4: Configure Protocol Parameters




Add a “Log Source Identifier” and specify the parameters noted above when registering the Azure AD app (Azure AD Client ID, Azure AD Client Secret and Tenant ID).


If you want to filter only Azure Sentinel alerts from Microsoft Graph Security API, use the following filter in the parameter “Event Filter“.


    provider eq ‘Azure Sentinel’



Click on “Step 5: Test Protocol Parameters” to continue with the wizard.



If you want to validate the configuration, click ”Start Test”, otherwise finish the configuration by clicking “Skip Test and Finish”.



Once the wizard is closed, the created “Log Source” is shown on the “Log Source Management” screen.



However, the configuration is not finished yet, it must be deployed in the “QRadar Admin portal“. Click on “Deploy Change” to apply the configuration.



Using of Azure Sentinel alerts in QRadar

Once the alerts are ingested, you can query Azure Sentinel alerts in QRadar.


A sample RAW alert from Azure Sentinel collected from Microsoft Security Graph API looks as shown below.


{“eventDateTime:2020-06-08T10:39:58.3572933Z“, “category: “xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx_xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx“, “azureSubscriptionId: “xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx”, “description:Identifies when an RDP connection is new or rare related to any logon type by a given account today based on comparison with the previous 14 days.nRDP connections are indicated by the EventID 4624 with LogonType = 10“, “status:newAlert“, “severity:medium“, “title:Rare RDP Connections“, “hostStates: [{“netBiosName:CLIENT“, “fqdn:CLIENT.DOMAIN.LOCAL“}], “vendorInformation: {“vendor:Microsoft“, “provider:Azure Sentinel“}, “createdDateTime:2020-06-22T10:45:00.0929766Z“, “lastModifiedDateTime:2020-06-22T10:45:00.1940637Z“, “userStates: [{“userPrincipalName:user“, “emailRole:unknown“, “accountName:account“, “domainName:domain“}], “id: “xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx”, “azureTenantId: “xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx”}



We just walked through the process of standing up Azure Sentinel Side-by-Side with QRadar. Stay tuned for more Side-by-Side scenarios in our blog channel.



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