Introducing the Azure Workbook for Defender CSPM Visualization: Enhance Your Cloud Security Posture

We are excited to announce the release of the Azure Workbook for CSPM (Cloud Security Posture Management), an intuitive dashboard designed to easy the way you visualize and analyze your for Cloud's information related to CSPM plan. This comprehensive workbook serves as a central dashboard within the Azure Portal, providing you with a consolidated view of critical Defender CSPM insights and empowering you to make informed decisions to enhance your cloud security posture.

A Centralized Defender CSPM Dashboard

Defender for Cloud offers robust contextualized CSPM capabilities, allowing organizations to identify and mitigate security risks within their cloud environments., We received some feedback from customers that it would be important to have a centralized view of all insights coming from Defender CSPM, and to address this request, we created this new workbook that contains key Defender CSPM insights, such as the plan configuration, Attack Paths exposed, remediations recommended and their action status, and sensitive data discovered.

Uncover Actionable Insights

The Azure Workbook for Defender CSPM offers a wide range of capabilities that empower you to gain deep insights into your cloud security posture and take proactive measures to protect your digital assets. Let's explore some of these capabilities:

  • Environment Secure Score Overview: Get a comprehensive understanding of your environment's security posture with the Secure Score overview. This score, calculated by Defender for Cloud, reflects your security situation – the higher the score, the lower the identified risk level​. 
  • Attack Paths and Insights: Dive into the number of attack paths identified within your cloud infrastructure and uncover invaluable insights into potential vulnerabilities. Armed with this knowledge, you can proactively formulate and deploy mitigation strategies, enhancing your organization's resilience against security threats. 
  • Risk Analysis: Unearth and assess the risks lurking in your cloud environment with detailed risk assessments. Prioritize remediation efforts based on the severity and potential impact of each identified risk, ensuring that critical vulnerabilities are addressed promptly and effectively. 
  • Complementary Security Plans Status: Gain insights into additional security plans enabled alongside Defender CSPM. These plans not only bolster your overall security posture but also offer advanced features like Attack path analysis, Cloud security explorer, advanced threat hunting, and security governance capabilities​. 
  • Plan Extensions Status: Stay updated on the status of plan extensions, whether they are enabled or disabled. Ensure that all relevant security features are actively safeguarding your cloud resources and take immediate corrective action if any extensions require attention. 
  • Security Recommendations and Remediation: Identify security recommendations generated by Defender CSPM and keep track of their remediation status. With clear visibility into these recommendations, you can efficiently address vulnerabilities, thereby strengthening your cloud defenses. 
  • Sensitive Data Detection: Gain visibility into sensitive data identified within your cloud environment. Understand the extent of data exposure and initiate appropriate measures to secure sensitive information, thereby safeguarding your organization's critical data from unauthorized access and ensuring compliance with data protection regulations.gastori_6-1687363166083.png

Getting Started with the Azure Workbook for Defender CSPM Visualization

Getting started with the Azure Workbook for Defender CSPM is simple and straightforward. Follow these steps to unlock the power of this robust dashboard:

  1. Go to GitHub Repository – DCSPM Dashboard
  1. Import the workbook into your Azure environment using the “Deploy to Azure” button.
  1. If needed, customize the workbook according to your specific requirements and preferences.
  1. Explore the various sections and unleash the potential of visualizing and optimizing your Defender CSPM insights.


The Azure Workbook for Defender CSPM marks a significant milestone in the ongoing evolution of cloud security management. 

With its intuitive and user-friendly interface, the Azure Workbook for Defender CSPM simplifies complex security data and transforms it into meaningful, actionable insights.

Moreover, the Azure Workbook for Defender CSPM fosters collaboration, allowing team members to share insights, discuss findings, and collectively improve the organization's security posture. It offers granular control over access permissions, ensuring that sensitive information is only accessible to authorized individuals​.

In summary, by providing a comprehensive, centralized view of Defender CSPM data, this tool enables organizations to better understand their security posture, identify potential vulnerabilities, and make data-driven decisions to enhance their cloud security.

Additional Resources

If you are using Attack Path and Cloud Security Explorer and want to share your feedback with the Defender for Cloud Team, please e-mail us directly from here. You can also use the resources below to learn more about these capabilities:


Yuri Diogenes, Principal PM Manager, CxE Defender for Cloud


This article was originally published by Microsoft's Defender for Cloud Blog. You can find the original article here.