Azure Security Center should be configured with a security contact email

Warning: This rule will be deprecated 18 December 2023 as part of the update to Azure CIS version 2.0.0


Security Center emails the subscription owners whenever a high-severity alert is triggered for their subscription. You should provide a security contact email address as an additional email address.


Azure Security Center emails the Subscription Owner to notify them about security alerts. Adding your Security Contact’s email address to the “Additional email addresses” field ensures that your organization’s security team is included in these alerts. This ensures that the proper people are aware of any potential compromise to mitigate the risk in a timely fashion.


From the console

  1. Go to Security Center
  2. Click on Pricing and Settings
  3. Click on the appropriate Management Group, Subscription, or Workspace
  4. Click on Email Notifications
  5. Enter a valid security contact email address (or multiple addresses separated by commas) in the additional email addresses field
  6. Click Save using the Azure Command Line Interface
  7. Use the below command to set security contact emails:
get-access-token --query "{subscription:subscription,accessToken:accessToken}" --out tsv | xargs -L1 bash -c ''curl -X PUT -H "AuthorizationBearer $1" -H "Content-Typeapplication/json"$0/providers/Microsoft.Security/securityContacts/default1?api-version=2017-08-01-preview -d@"input.json"

Where input.json contains the request body JSON data, as mentioned below. Replace validEmailAddress with email IDs, CSV for multiple.

{ "id""/subscriptions/<Your_Subscription_Id>/providers/Microsoft.Security/securityContacts/default", "name""default", "type""Microsoft.Security/securityContacts", "properties"{ "email""<validEmailAddress>", "alertNotifications""On", "alertsToAdmins""On" } }



Note: Excluding any of the entries in the recommendations block in input.json disables the specific setting by default.

CIS Controls

Version 7 3 Continuous Vulnerability Management