Securing your applications in Azure
By: Michael Stein | September 15, 2017
Leveraging the power of the Azure Security Center will ensure your data and applications are always secure in the cloud.
When it comes to cloud computing, Microsoft’s Azure platform is quickly becoming a major player in the industry. In fact, a recent survey from UBM Research points out that Microsoft Azure has finally surpassed Amazon Web Services as a public cloud provider. This is a major milestone, especially since Microsoft started their cloud computing initiatives several years after Amazon.
As is the case with all cloud providers, ensuring that any data or applications that are stored in the cloud remain secure is absolutely paramount. With Microsoft’s Azure platform, significant focus has been put on security and compliance to ensure organizations of all sizes can safely and securely move their data to the cloud.
How is your data and applications secured in Azure?
Security on the Azure platform starts with the robust Azure Security Center, which allows you to prevent, detect, and respond to a wide array of security threats. Azure Security Center gives you high visibility into all of your Azure resources. This tool helps to provide integrated security monitoring as well as policy management across all of your Azure subscriptions.
Does the Azure Security Center cost extra?
The Azure Security Center is offered both in a free tier as well as a standard tier, which we’ll explain below.
- The free tier offers visibility into your Azure applications as well as basic security recommendations regarding policies and integrations with other security products both from Microsoft as well as from other third parties.
- The standard tier offers much more robust detection capabilities, as well as behavioral analysis, improved threat intelligence, detailed threat reporting, and a variety of other features. This tier is free for 60 days, and then billed in subsequent months based on your usage.
How can I monitor the current security of my cloud environment?
Within Azure Security Center, you’ll see a section called Security Center Overview. This section gives you a bird’s eye view of all of your Azure resources including Compute, Networking, Storage, and Applications. Each resource type will indicate any potential security vulnerabilities coupled with suggestions on how to address any issues.
What typically triggers a security alert?
There’s a wide array of items that can trigger a security alert within Security Center. A few of the more common security threats that are detected include:
- Virtual machines attempting to communicate with IP addresses that are known to be malicious
- Security alerts from integrated security partners
- Attacks targeting virtual machines
What types of Azure resources are monitored by Azure Security Center?
The following Azure resources are currently supported by Azure Security Center:
- Azure Virtual Networks
- Azure SQL service
- Virtual Machines
- Azure Web Apps
- Azure Storage account
Learn more about improving your organization’s security posture in the cloud
If you’re currently using Azure, but not leveraging the power of Azure Security Center, now is the time to reach out to the Office 365 Training team for help. We have a wide array of training materials geared towards Azure to ensure you’re getting the most out of this versatile platform. Sign up for a 7-day free trial of our training platform to see for yourself what you’ve been missing.