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Elly Fenton29 November 20234 min read

What is Microsoft Sentinel?

What is Microsoft Sentinel?

Microsoft Sentinel is Microsoft’s cloud based SIEM offering. It’s part of the wider Microsoft XDR Stack that is designed to be a log collection and security tool for any sized security team.

Today, many organisations, from larger enterprises to smaller-scale organisations – use a variety of tools that are generating security information and data. These organisations want to gather information which is security pertinent to create incidents and alerts off that,  whether it be unifying incidents and alerts or creating rules to generate incidents and alerts. These alerts and incidents can be integrated with threat intelligence, Microsoft Defender or other security tools they own. So, bringing everything together is one thing, and furthering their cloud investment is the other.

Using advanced analytics and machine learning, Sentinel can detect and respond to threats by identifying patterns and anomalies in data. The platform supports automated threat response through the creation of playbooks, reducing response times and ensuring prompt action. With the ability to collect and analyse data from diverse sources, customisable dashboards, and reporting features, Sentinel offers organisations a powerful tool for security operations. It also integrates with external threat intelligence feeds, enabling proactive defence against emerging threats. The platform's scalability, cross-platform support, and cost-efficiency make it a valuable asset for organisations seeking advanced security capabilities in the ever-evolving landscape of cybersecurity.

How much does it cost?

Microsoft Sentinel is an Azure service which means that is is metered. Essentially, you get out of it what you put into it. Anything you’re putting into Sentinel as a log, is paid for. This is billed per gigabyte by a monthly basis. There are commitment tiers as well – if you are larger organisations and putting in hundreds of gigabytes a day, discounts can be available.

Are you on an E5 license? For any customers who have Microsoft E5 licensing - or the government/academic equivalent - you receive 5 megabytes per user per day of log ingestion for user related logs – this is a significant benefit for any organisations who have this licensing.

Why Ingentive?


In the realm of security and threat management, data collection and analysis play a pivotal role. At Ingentive, we excel in harnessing the capabilities of Microsoft Azure Sentinel for comprehensive data collection and analysis. Our expertise ensures that our clients can consolidate security data from various sources and gain valuable insights into potential threats and vulnerabilities. With advanced analytics and threat intelligence, we empower you to proactively detect and respond to security incidents, bolstering your defences against sophisticated threats. Ingentive's approach combines the power of data collection and analysis with the robust features of Microsoft Azure Sentinel to safeguard your digital landscape effectively.



Sentinel deploys machine learning, AI, and behavioural analytics to detect advanced and evolving threats. You can locate unusual patterns and anomalies across your organisation’s environment, providing early detection of potential breaches.



To detect hidden threats, we rely on Microsoft's advanced technologies. Our continuous monitoring and analysis, backed by machine learning and AI, leverages tools like Microsoft Defender to uncover emerging threats that might elude traditional methods. With Ingentive, you benefit not only from these cutting-edge capabilities but also from seamless integration into the broader Microsoft ecosystem, spanning 365, Azure, and Power Platform. This comprehensive approach ensures proactive threat detection and a robust defence against evolving security risks.



Our rapid incident resolution methodology is straightforward and effective. We use advanced Microsoft tools to detect threats, and when an incident occurs, swiftly identify, contain, investigate, and resolve it. Our process is meticulous, ensuring minimal damage and disruption, and we maintain clear communication with stakeholders throughout.

Secure your business

At Ingentive, we recognise the paramount importance of comprehensive security. We implement a "Defence in Depth" strategy, which layers security measures across your infrastructure, bolstering your defences at every level. We embrace the principles of "Zero Trust," where trust is never assumed, and rigorous identity management plays a pivotal role.

Our commitment to contextual identity management ensures that access to your digital resources is based on real-time, situation-specific factors, minimising security risks. We rely on Microsoft's robust security solutions, such as Microsoft Sentinel, to provide holistic and forward-thinking protection. With Ingentive as your cybersecurity partner, you can trust us to navigate the intricate landscape of digital security, crafting a secure and resilient future for our clients. Together, let us fortify your digital boundaries and safeguard your digital assets in this ever-evolving digital era.

Want to learn more?

Our team are specialists in implementing Microsoft Sentinel into businesses, yet we understand that each business is different and has different needs and goals. We are uniquely placed as a Microsoft FastTrack Ready Partner that are able to diagnose your organisation's digital processes, using your use cases. From this understanding, we create tailor-made solutions that suit your business needs. And that's not all! Not only do we implement Microsoft tools, but we use them internally too - ensuring that Ingentive know from experience, the positive effects of utilising these solutions. 

Want to learn more about how Ingentive can help you stay ahead of the curve? Join our workshops or get in touch to learn more about how we can help your business digitally evolve.