Blue Zebra Insurance embraces automation, security and innovation with Microsoft Sentinel, E5 and Fabric – Microsoft … – Microsoft

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“Sentinel is a sophisticated product, with a lot of data connectors and different playbooks, depending on your needs and priorities, but the deployment was made far less daunting with Arinco’s guidance,” says Roomi.

Just two months after the start of the deployment, Sentinel is seamlessly integrated into BZI’s operations and has become its starting point for incident and response management.

Enhanced security management

The standout benefit that Sentinel is providing to BZI is a centralised dashboard, which allows the organisation to oversee all security alerts, incidents, investigations and metrics within a single view. This in turn gives BZI’s Technology team greater visibility to monitor the company’s security posture.

Sentinel also allows BZI to As a result, Sentinel has significantly reduced incident response and resolution time for BZI (average decreases of 25% and 50% respectively).

Amar Roomi, CTO, BZI

“That automation capability within Sentinel really aligns with BZI’s proactive approach to cybersecurity, and my philosophy of ‘lazy protection’ by which I mean I want to be able to rely on the robust security frameworks embedded in our technology without having to reinvent the wheel. Our whole business is founded on a strong sense of automation and digital enablement and working with Sentinel was a natural fit” says Roomi.

Alongside Sentinel, BZI is also using Microsoft Defender to identify and triage security threats across its identities, applications and devices. This leverages the native advanced threat detection and AI capabilities within Defender to help the team respond more intelligently and 

BZI is also leveraging Microsoft 365 E5 which provides several protective controls including risk-based access management and identity protection, vulnerability management, security baselines for endpoints, and data protection. As part of the E5 suite, BZI is also benefitting from improved email security features and protection against email threats such as phishing. This is especially crucial in the insurance industry, where email communications are a key part of daily operations.

By drawing on Microsoft technology and its partnership with Arinco, BZI has been able to adopt what Roomi calls “best-in-class security” without needing to build a large internal team to develop its cybersecurity solutions.

Looking ahead to AI

BZI is extending its cloud-native approach by deploying Windows 365 Enterprise across its workforce. By providing employees with secure and seamless access to resources, BZI is enabling a flexible work environment while also reducing attack surfaces – closely aligning it with Microsoft’s vision for a modern, secure and efficient workplace. The solution is currently available to 20% of its workforce and the company plans to roll it out to all staff by the second half of the year.

The company is also deploying Microsoft Fabric to centralise its data management and unify its various data sources into a single data lake. This centralisation will streamline its architecture and simplify access and analysis of data across the company. By leveraging this centralised data repository, BZI will be better positioned to harness Azure AI Studio and OpenAI’s large language models to enhance its AI capabilities. In doing so, it will foster innovation in predictive modelling and claims process automation, furthering BZI’s commitment to using cutting-edge AI technology to improve its services.

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