Microsoft Sentinel integration (Preview)

You can integrate Microsoft Defender for Cloud Apps with Microsoft Sentinel (a scalable, cloud-native SIEM and SOAR) to enable centralized monitoring of alerts and discovery data. Integrating with Microsoft Sentinel allows you to better protect your cloud applications while maintaining your usual security workflow, automating security procedures, and correlating between cloud-based and on-premises events.

Benefits of using Microsoft Sentinel include:

  • Longer data retention provided by Log Analytics.
  • Out-of-the-box visualizations.
  • Use tools such as Microsoft Power BI or Microsoft Sentinel workbooks to create your own discovery data visualizations that fit your organizational needs.

Additional integration solutions include:

Integrating with Microsoft Sentinel includes configuration in both Defender for Cloud Apps and Microsoft Sentinel.


To integrate with Microsoft Sentinel:

  • You must have a valid Microsoft Sentinel license
  • You must be a Global Administrator or a Security Administrator in your tenant.

US Government support

The direct Defender for Cloud Apps - Microsoft Sentinel integration is available to commercial customers only.

However, all Defender for Cloud Apps data is available in Microsoft Defender XDR, and therefore available in Microsoft Sentinel via the Microsoft Defender XDR connector.

We recommend that GCC, GCC High, and DoD customers who are interested in seeing Defender for Cloud Apps data in Microsoft Sentinel install the Microsoft Defender XDR solution.

For more information, see:

Integrating with Microsoft Sentinel

  1. In the Microsoft Defender Portal, select Settings > Cloud Apps.

  2. Under System, select SIEM agents > Add SIEM agent > Sentinel. For example:

    Screenshot showing Add SIEM integration menu.


    The option to add Microsoft Sentinel is not available if you have previously performed the integration.

  3. In the wizard, select the data types you want to forward to Microsoft Sentinel. You can configure the integration, as follows:

    • Alerts: Alerts are automatically turned on once Microsoft Sentinel is enabled.
    • Discovery logs: Use the slider to enable and disable them, by default, everything is selected, and then use the Apply to drop-down to filter which discovery logs are sent to Microsoft Sentinel.

    For example:

    Screenshot showing start page of Configure Microsoft Sentinel integration.

  4. Select Next, and continue to Microsoft Sentinel to finalize the integration. For information on configuring Microsoft Sentinel, see the Microsoft Sentinel data connector for Defender for Cloud Apps. For example:

    Screenshot showing finish page of Configure Microsoft Sentinel integration.


New discovery logs will usually appear in Microsoft Sentinel within 15 minutes of configuring them in the Defender for Cloud Apps portal. However, it may take longer depending on system environment conditions. For more information, see Handle ingestion delay in analytics rules.

Alerts and discovery logs in Microsoft Sentinel

Once the integration is completed, you can view Defender for Cloud Apps alerts and discovery logs in Microsoft Sentinel.

In Microsoft Sentinel, under Logs, under Security Insights, you can find the logs for the Defender for Cloud Apps data types, as follows:

Data type Table
Discovery logs McasShadowItReporting
Alerts SecurityAlert

The following table describes each field in the McasShadowItReporting schema:

Field Type Description Examples
TenantId String Workspace ID b459b4u5-912x-46d5-9cb1-p43069212nb4
SourceSystem String Source system – static value Azure
TimeGenerated [UTC] DateTime Date of discovery data 2019-07-23T11:00:35.858Z
StreamName String Name of the specific stream Marketing Department
TotalEvents Integer Total number of events per session 122
BlockedEvents Integer Number of blocked events 0
UploadedBytes Integer Amount of uploaded data 1,514,874
TotalBytes Integer Total amount of data 4,067,785
DownloadedBytes Integer Amount of downloaded data 2,552,911
IpAddress String Source IP address
UserName String User name
EnrichedUserName String Enriched user name with Microsoft Entra username
AppName String Name of cloud app Microsoft OneDrive for Business
AppId Integer Cloud app identifier 15600
AppCategory String Category of cloud app Cloud storage
AppTags String array Built-in and custom tags defined for the app ["sanctioned"]
AppScore Integer The risk score of the app in a scale 0-10, 10 being a score for a non-risky app 10
Type String Type of logs – static value McasShadowItReporting

Use Power BI with Defender for Cloud Apps data in Microsoft Sentinel

Once the integration is completed, you can also use the Defender for Cloud Apps data stored in Microsoft Sentinel in other tools.

This section describes how you can use Microsoft Power BI to easily shape and combine data to build reports and dashboards that meet the needs of your organization.

To get started:

  1. In Power BI, import queries from Microsoft Sentinel for Defender for Cloud Apps data. For more information, see Import Azure Monitor log data into Power BI.

  2. Install the Defender for Cloud Apps Shadow IT Discovery app and connect it to your discovery log data to view the built-in Shadow IT Discovery dashboard.


    Currently, the app is not published on Microsoft AppSource. Therefore, you may need to contact your Power BI admin for permissions to install the app.

    For example:

    Screenshot showing the Shadow IT Discovery dashboard.

  3. Optionally, build custom dashboards in Power BI Desktop and tweak it to fit the visual analytics and reporting requirements of your organization.

Connect the Defender for Cloud Apps app

  1. In Power BI, select Apps > Shadow IT Discovery app.

  2. On the Get started with your new app page, select Connect. For example:

    Screenshot showing connect app data page.

  3. On the workspace ID page, enter your Microsoft Sentinel workspace ID as displayed in your log analytics overview page, and then select Next. For example:

    Screenshot showing request for workspace ID.

  4. On the authentication page, specify the authentication method and privacy level, and then select Sign in. For example:

    Screenshot showing the authentication page.

  5. After connecting your data, go to the workspace Datasets tab and select Refresh. This will update the report with your own data.

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