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Virtual Network Alerts Monitor

Risk Level- Medium

Description

The plugin ensures Activity Log Alerts for the create or update and delete Virtual Networks events are enabled. Monitoring for create or update and delete Virtual Networks events gives insight into event changes and may reduce the time it takes to detect suspicious activity.

About the Service

Alerts: Alerts in Azure in the most simple of terms can be termed as a notification centre for all the things in Azure. Users can create, view and manage all the alert rules from a single place including metric rules, log alerts and activity log alerts. Customized alerts can be created by selecting the alert target (can be resource, subscription or anything on their azure account), the rule condition managing action groups(specifications about actions to be taken whenever an alert is triggered). To sum up the entire basic process and working of the service, the user specifies the target, condition (logic or any condition when the alert should trigger) and action group. Azure monitors the provided target and when the specified conditions are met an alert is triggered and sent to the action group.

Impact 

A virtual network is a representation of the organization’s network on the cloud and the virtual network alert rule will help in the successful management of the system's network. Staying updated about the security of your system helps in preventing and fighting attacks better.  

Steps to Reproduce

  1. Login to the Azure account.
  2. From Azure services, select Alerts.
  3. The Alerts page will open, select the Alert rules option. 
  4. The alerts rule page will appear. By default, only the enabled alert rules are shown on the screen.
  5. To check the list of disabled alert rules as well, go to the Status option and click on Select all.
  6. Now we will check for 2 things:
    1. Whether the security policy update rule is created.
    2. If the security policy alert is created then is it enabled.
  7. Search alert rules based on rule name:
    1. If the user remembers the security policy alert rule name, simply type it in the search bar given above the list of subscriptions.
    2. Now check the status of the alert rule and check the Status. If the Status is set as Disabled, we need to enable it. To do so follow Steps for Remediation section given next to the current section(Steps to reproduce).  
  8. Search alert rules based on condition:
    1. In case the rule name is not known, in the search bar type ‘virtualNetworkRules’. And if the status is set as Disabled then go to Steps for Remediation section and follow the steps.
  9. Else, if the screen appears blank, we will have to create a network security logging rule first. To check the steps of creating a security policy rule, click here

Steps for Remediation

Create Alert Rule:

  1. Login to the Azure account.
  2. From Azure services, select Alerts.
  3. The Alerts page will open. Click on Alert rules.
  4. Click on +Create.
  5. Select the target resource by clicking on the Select Resource option.
  6. Under the Conditions section, click on Add condition
  7. Click on the search bar and type “virtual network rule”, now depending on your organization’s requirement choose suitable alert rules. Here we are selecting the signal “Create or Update Virtual Network Rule (Microsoft.DataLakeStore/accounts/virtualNetworkRules)”. Click on Done.
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  8. Users can then select an action group(optional). Next, provide the alert rule name as desired and give a little description to it for later reference (optional). 
  9. By default, the alert rule is enabled but it is recommended to cross verify it and then click on Create alert rule.

Enable Alert Rule:

  1. Login to the Azure account
  2. From Azure services, select Alerts.
  3. The Alerts page will open, select the Alert rules option. 
  4. The alerts rule page will appear. By default, only the enabled alert rules are shown on the screen.
  5. To check the list of disabled alert rules as well, go to the Status option and click on Select all.
  6. To find alert rule based on:
    1. Rule name: type in the alert rule name in search bar.
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    2. Rule Condition: To find the alert rule on the basis of condition, type “virtualNetworkRules”.
  7. Select all the disabled alert rules by clicking on the checkbox.
  8. Click on Enable and wait for the changes to save.

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