Microsoft Defender for Identity Monitoring

Updated Jan 17, 2024

Configure Microsoft Defender for Identity for Arctic Wolf monitoring

You can configure Microsoft Defender for Identity® to send the necessary logs to Arctic Wolf® for security monitoring

Note: * Throttling can occur if too many requests are made to the Microsoft Graph API. This throttling threshold is reached because of a high volume of requests from multiple applications in one Azure tenant or from one application across all Azure tenants. Contention between the Arctic Wolf service and other applications running in the Azure tenant can affect timely log retrieval.

See Microsoft Graph throttling guidance for more information.


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Before you begin


  1. Register the application.
  2. Configure API permissions.
  3. Provide credentials to Arctic Wolf.

Step 1: Register the application

  1. Sign in to the Microsoft Entra ID (formerly Azure AD) admin center.

  2. In the navigation menu, click the name of the Microsoft product that you want to configure for Arctic Wolf monitoring.

  3. Click Applications > App registrations.

  4. Click + New registration.

  5. Configure these settings:

    • Name — Enter a name for the application.
    • Supported Account Types — Select the Accounts in this organizational directory only (<Organization-Name> only - Single Tenant) checkbox.
    • For all other fields, keep the default values.
  6. Click Register.

    The page for the newly registered application opens.

  7. Copy the Application (client) ID and Directory (tenant) ID values, and then save them in a safe, encrypted location. You will provide them to Arctic Wolf later.

  8. In the navigation menu, in the Manage section, click Certificates & secrets.

  9. In the Client secrets section, click + New client secret, and then configure these settings:

    • Description — Enter a description for the client secret.
    • Expires — Select an expiration date for the client secret.
  10. Click Add.

  11. On the Client secrets tab, verify that your new client secret appears.

    Screenshot of the Certificates and Secrets page on the Microsoft Azure Portal. The Value field and text is highlighted by an orange box.
  12. Copy the Value value, and then save it in a safe, encrypted location. You will provide it to Arctic Wolf later.


    • The Value value is only available immediately after creation. Do not exit the Certificates & Secrets page until the value is saved in a safe, encrypted location.
    • The Value value is the secret ID or client secret. You must provide this value to Arctic Wolf later. It is not necessary to copy the Secret ID field.
    • You must provide the updated client secret credentials to Arctic Wolf before the credentials expire.

Step 2: Configure API permissions

  1. In the navigation menu, click Manage > API permissions.

  2. Find the User.Read permission and click Menu > Remove permission.

  3. Click Yes, remove.

  4. Click + Add a permission.

  5. In the Request API permissions pane, make sure that you are on the Microsoft APIs tab.

  6. Click Microsoft Graph.

  7. Click Application permissions.

  8. Find the Microsoft Graph permission type, and then select the corresponding SecurityAlert.Read.All checkbox.

    See Microsoft Graph permissions reference for more information.

  9. Click Add permissions.

    You are redirected to the API permissions page, where the new permissions appear in a list.

  10. In the Configured permissions section, click Grant admin consent for <Organization Name>, and then click Yes.

Step 3: Provide credentials to Arctic Wolf

Note: If API credentials fail, for example due to expired credentials, Arctic Wolf notifies you and requests a new set of credentials. After receiving refreshed credentials, Arctic Wolf can only retrieve data from the previous 12 hours. Provide refreshed credentials within 12 hours of expiry to enable complete data polling and coverage. For more information, see MDR polling frequency.

  1. Sign in to the Arctic Wolf Unified Portal.

  2. Click Telemetry Management > Connected Accounts.

  3. Click Add Account +.

  4. On the Add Account page, in the Account Type list, select Cloud Detection and Response.

  5. In the Cloud Applications list, select Microsoft Defender for Identity.

  6. On the Add Account page, configure these settings:

    • Account Name — Enter a unique and descriptive name for the account.

    • Application (client) ID — Enter the application (client) ID from Register the application.

    • Directory (tenant) ID — Enter the directory (tenant) ID from Register the application.

    • Client Secret Value — Enter the client secret from Register the application.

    • Credential Expiry — (Optional) Enter the credential expiration date, if applicable.

  7. Click Test and submit credentials.

    After your Concierge Security® Team (CST) enables security monitoring for this account, the connected account status changes to Healthy.

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