6.6 Ensure that Network Watcher is 'Enabled' (Automated)
This rule has been changed to automated, see Automated Rules for CIS Azure 1.5.0 for details.
• Level 2
Enable Network Watcher for Azure subscriptions.
Network diagnostic and visualization tools available with Network Watcher help users understand, diagnose, and gain insights to the network in Azure.
There are additional costs per transaction to run and store network data. For high-volume networks these charges will add up quickly.
From Azure Portal
- Go to
- Ensure that the
STATUSis set to
From Azure CLI
az network watcher list
This will list all regions where
az account list-locations
This will list all regions that exist in the subscription. Compare this list to the previous one to ensure that for all regions,
provisioningState is set to
From Azure Powershell
Get a list of Network Watchers
Make sure each watcher is set with the
ProvisioningState setting set to
Opting out of Network Watcher automatic enablement is a permanent change. Once you opt-out you cannot opt-in without contacting support.