6.6 Ensure that Network Watcher is 'Enabled'

Information

Enable Network Watcher for Azure subscriptions.

Rationale:

Network diagnostic and visualization tools available with Network Watcher help users understand, diagnose, and gain insights to the network in Azure.

Impact:

There are additional costs per transaction to run and store network data. For high-volume networks these charges will add up quickly.

Solution

Opting out of Network Watcher automatic enablement is a permanent change. Once you opt-out you cannot opt-in without contacting support.

Default Value:

Network Watcher is automatically enabled. When you create or update a virtual network in your subscription, Network Watcher will be enabled automatically in your Virtual Network's region. There is no impact to your resources or associated charge for automatically enabling Network Watcher.

See Also

https://workbench.cisecurity.org/benchmarks/10624