Azure Event-Driven Harvesting

An Introduction to the InsightCloudSec Feature for Event-Driven Harvesting for Azure

InsightCloudSec has the capability to augment standard polling-based harvesting along with Event-Driven Harvesting (EDH). For Azure, InsightCloudSec subscribes to control-plane change events using Azure’s EventGrid, which triggers targeted harvesting.

This dynamic approach to data collection both improves InsightCloudSec's cadence for providing resource visibility and opportunities for remediation, as well as enriches the data with lifecycle changes that enable auditing capabilities. With EDH-provided data, identifying how a resource entered a noncompliant state becomes much easier at scale.

Prerequisites

Before you get started with EDH, you need to ensure you have the following:

  • A basic understanding of the relevant Azure services
  • Appropriate Azure permissions
  • A strategy around the behaviors you want to use to configure EDH

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Understanding EDH Concepts

EDH relies on a relationship between a Producer and Consumer. InsightCloudSec requires a way to pull event data out of Azure Subscriptions and with minimal infrastructure required. This is done with a Service Bus queue. If the Subscription has a queue following our naming convention, ICS automatically labels the Azure Subscription as an EDH Consumer.

  • Queue: Method for getting events out of the Subscription and into InsightCloudSec
  • Consumer: Subscription that contains a queue
  • Producer: EventGrid configuration that sends events to the queue
  • ServiceApp Principal: credentials used to pull events from the queue

For a single Azure Subscription, InsightCloudSec consumes events from an Azure Service Bus queue which in turn subscribes to events from Azure’s EventGrid. For each additional Azure Subscription, an EventGrid subscription can be configured to forward events to the first Service Bus queue, allowing for InsightCloudSec to consume events from a single queue.

EDH Supported Resources

For a complete list of supported Azure resources, refer to the EDH - Supported Resources (Azure) page.

Configuration Details

For details on setting up EDH for Azure, check out our EDH - Azure Setup documentation.


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