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Secure your Windows workloads with Datadog Cloud Security Management

Author Candace Shamieh
Author Derek Brown
Author Matt Mills

Published: 4月 5, 2024

As Windows organizations migrate toward cloud-based environments, they often lose context of their full stack. In addition to securing their on-premises servers, they now need to deal with virtual servers, managed services, and platform-as-a-service offerings. Cloud-based resources require organizations to relinquish control over physical infrastructure and limit their access to underlying operating systems. This new dynamic is especially foreign to administrators who have long benefitted from direct access when something goes wrong in their environment. A modernized landscape can lead to insufficient visibility into the attack surface, an inability to detect threats, and ineffective risk management.

To mitigate those risks, Datadog Cloud Security Management (CSM) for Windows provides complete visibility into the security posture of all cloud-native and on-premises workloads via real-time threat detections. CSM for Windows enables you to detect security threats, respond to incidents promptly, optimize resource utilization, and maintain your system’s overall integrity and reliability.

In this post, we’ll discuss how you can use CSM for Windows to:

Monitor suspicious activity on your Windows servers

CSM for Windows enables you to quickly identify suspicious process, network, file, and registry activity, such as an unauthorized user running a known penetration testing tool or the appearance of a new scheduled task that will execute outside of regular maintenance hours.

When CSM detects a threat, it will generate a security signal that contains the steps or commands that triggered the threat, the impacted host name and location, the process or user that initiated the threat, and more. You can also view the service, applications, network, and teams that interact with the impacted host. This information will help you decide whether you need to initiate an investigation or deem the security signal as benign.

View  of a high-severity security signal that displays a suspicious scheduled task

For example, let’s say you’re a systems administrator responsible for managing a network of Windows hosts in your organization. Because your organization has notification rules based on specific security signal parameters, you receive a Slack notification from CSM indicating that a new scheduled task was created on one of your hosts. The task aims to execute a script outside of regular business hours. You know that a scheduled task is one of the most common persistence methods used by malware, so you investigate. You’re unable to verify if the account is an authorized user from Microsoft Entra ID or your organization’s on-premises domain. After seeing that this is a unique task attached to a suspicious user, you isolate the targeted host from your network and follow your organization’s internal protocols to escalate the issue.

Contextualize security signals with observability data for quick remediation

By enabling CSM for Windows, you can leverage the Datadog platform to see and prioritize threats, investigate, and accelerate mean time to resolution. Within each security signal, Datadog will automatically pull in the relevant observability data so you can view the threat in its full context. As a result, you can easily correlate the security signal’s information with the relevant host dashboard, infrastructure map, metrics and logs, and more. This observability context enables you to quickly pinpoint the signal’s root cause and resolve the issue. You can also create cases, declare incidents, or integrate security signals with Slack or PagerDuty for convenient collaboration.

View of a high-severity security signal that displays process arguments that match a cryptocurrency miner

Say you’re a security analyst and receive an alert from CSM about potential cryptomining activity. You view the security signal, which includes process command line arguments consistent with known cryptominers. This prompts you to investigate further by examining observability data. As you review metrics, you notice that CPU utilization spiked at the same time that the cryptomining event was detected. You examine the list of running processes on the host and confirm that several unapproved, suspicious processes are consuming CPU resources. You terminate the malicious processes and proceed to review the process tree, logs, and related security signals. This helps you identify the attack’s initial entry vector so your organization can prevent future incidents.

Secure your Windows workloads today

Datadog Cloud Security Management for Windows lets you monitor suspicious activity on your Windows servers in real time. With visibility into your Windows workloads, you can investigate threats and contextualize them alongside observability data to remediate issues quickly. Check out our documentation for more information about getting started with CSM.

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