New at Secure: Corpus of Intel Profiles Available in Defender XDR

The Microsoft Defender (MDTI) team is excited to announce that we are revealing previews for each of our 350+ intel profiles to all Defender XDR customers for the first time. This represents Microsoft's broadest expansion of content to non-MDTI premium customers yet, adding nearly 340 intel profiles to Defender XDR customers' view, including over 200 tracked threat actors, tools, and vulnerabilities that Microsoft has not named anywhere else.

We are also revealing the full content for an additional 31 profiles, building on our initial set of 17 profiles released to standard (free) users at Microsoft Ignite. Defender XDR customers now can access 27 full threat actor profiles, including new profiles like Periwinkle Tempest and Purple Typhoon; 13 full tool profiles, such as Qakbot and Cobalt Strike; and eight full vulnerability profiles, including CVE-2021-40444 and CVE-2023-45319.

Note: Profiles in the standard edition will not contain indicators of compromise (IOCs), which are reserved for MDTI premium customers.

Intel Profiles standard edition experience

You can visit our more than 350 intel profiles on the “Intel profiles” tab under the “” blade in the left navigation menu:

350+ intel profiles are now available to all Defender XDR customers via the “Intel profiles” tab under the threat intelligence blade, including information on over 200 threat actors, tools, and vulnerabilities that Microsoft has not mentioned publicly to date.350+ intel profiles are now available to all Defender XDR customers via the “Intel profiles” tab under the threat intelligence blade, including information on over 200 threat actors, tools, and vulnerabilities that Microsoft has not mentioned publicly to date.

Currently, our corpus of shareable finished threat intelligence contains 205+ named threat actors, 70+ malicious tools, and 75+ vulnerabilities, with more to be released on a continual basis. To view our full catalog for each of the three profile types – Threat Actors, Tools, and Vulnerabilities – click their respective tab near the top of the page.

In the intel profiles page list view, profiles containing limited information are marked with an rocket1.png icon. However, don't let this symbol stop you – each of these profiles contain the same detailed summary (“Snapshot”) written at the start of the content for premium customers. For threat actor profiles, this section often includes a valuable description of the actor's origins, activities, techniques, and motivations. On tool and vulnerability profiles, these summaries describe the malicious tool or exploit and illustrate its significance, with details from real-world activity by threat actor groups when available. This information enables leaders of threat intelligence and security programs to take an intel-led approach, starting with the threat actors, tools, and vulnerabilities that matter most to their organization and building a robust strategy outward.

Our intel profiles containing full content can be distinguished from the limited profiles in the list view as they do not contain the icon. Full profiles can contain much additional detail beyond a Snapshot, including:

  • Real details from past threat actor activity, tool usage, and vulnerability exploits, including phishing templates, malicious attachments, code excerpts and more from actual threat investigations
  • Detections and Hunting Queries, which list alerts and detections that may indicate the presence of the above threats
  • Advanced Hunting queries to identify adversary presence within a customer's
  • Microsoft Analytic Rules, which result in alerts and incidents to signal detections associated with adversarial activity
  • Recommendations to protect your organization against the threat
  • And References for more information.

Full intel profiles contain extensive information on threat actors, tools, and vulnerabilities by leveraging details from actual threat investigations.Full intel profiles contain extensive information on threat actors, tools, and vulnerabilities by leveraging details from actual threat investigations.

To see the full content and IOCs for all intel profiles, start a free trial or upgrade to premium.

Discovering relevant profiles

On the intel profiles page, each of the tabs for the three profile types contains a local search box, enabling you to quickly discover profiles of interest by matching keywords. Additionally, the Threat actors tab enables you to filter for the Country/Region of Origin and Targets (representing Targeted Industries) of actor groups, helping to narrow the list down to the profiles that are most important to your organization:

Use the filter and search functions to narrow profile lists down to the content that is most relevant to your organization.Use the filter and search functions to narrow profile lists down to the content that is most relevant to your organization.

With the inclusion of MDTI results in Defender XDR's global search bar, you also may use this top-level search to discover intel profiles from anywhere in the portal based on keywords. Refer to the linked blog for inspiration on what you can search for and what other MDTI results you can expect.

About intel profiles

Intel profiles are Microsoft's definitive source of shareable knowledge on tracked threat actors, malicious tools, and vulnerabilities. Written and continuously updated by our dedicated security researchers and threat intelligence experts, intel profiles contain detailed analysis of the biggest threats facing organizations, along with recommendations on protect against these threats and IOCs to hunt for these threats within your environment.

As the defender of four of the world's largest public clouds, Microsoft has unique visibility into the global threat landscape, including the tools, techniques, and vulnerabilities that threat actors are actively using and exploiting to inflict harm. Our team of more than 10,000 dedicated security researchers and engineers is responsible for making sense of more than 65 trillion security signals per day to protect our customers. We then build our findings into highly digestible intel profiles, so high-quality threat intelligence is available where you need it, when you need it, and how you need it.

Just one year after launching intel profiles at Microsoft Secure last year, Microsoft's repository of shareable threat intelligence knowledge has expanded to over 205 named threat actors, 70 tools, and 75 vulnerabilities, with more added every month.

Next steps

Learn more about what you can do with the standard edition of MDTI in Defender XDR.

We want to hear from you!

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