Microsoft Azure Security Overview
With more emphasis on cyber security than ever, a question that we are often asked is how safe are the products and services that we offer.
Of course, we only offer world class, industry leading options to our clients that we are confident in. So when it comes to Microsoft Azure we have full confidence in this as an option for clients, but don’t just take our word for it. Here is some back up information from Microsoft themselves.
Leveraging its decades-long experience building enterprise software and running some of the world’s largest online services, Microsoft has created a robust set of security technologies and practices. With over $1 billion invested annually in security, these innovations help ensure that Azure infrastructure is resilient to attacks, safeguards user access to the Azure environment, and helps keep customer data secure through encrypted communications as well as threat management and mitigation practices, including regular penetration testing.
Digital security landscape
The current digital security landscape for businesses can be described in one word: complicated. More numerous and advanced threats, more nebulous compliance requirements, more difficult and intricate infrastructure to secure. Add in the mass proliferation of data, BYOD culture, and remote access and workforces, what you’re left with is a complex security puzzle lacking a clear solution.
While there isn’t an end-to-end security solution that covers all threats, Azure does have a robust set of native security tools; in addition to the many third party security tools that integrate seamlessly with Azure.
Security Centre: A holistic solution that provides increased visibility and tighter control of Azure workloads—making it easier to prevent, detect, and respond to threats in the cloud.
Azure seamlessly integrate with preferred third party security solutions. Proven to rapidly and effectively detect and respond to threats with Microsoft’s global intelligence and expertise.
Log Analytics: An Azure service that helps gather and examine your cloud and on-premises data regardless of physical location which can reveal valuable insights through custom dashboards and visualizations.
Log Analytics works through a combination of data security methodologies, including: data segregation, data retention, physical security, incident management, compliance, and security standards certifications.
Key Vault: Enhance data protection, help ensure compliance, and manage and protect cryptographic keys, passwords, and other secrets that are used by cloud apps and services—all with one robust solution.
Key Vault is purposefully designed to ensure that only you have access to cryptographic keys and secrets used by your cloud apps and services. Microsoft does not see or extract your keys.
Active Directory: An identity and access management cloud solution that provides a robust set of capabilities to manage users and groups. It helps secure access to on-premises and cloud applications, including Microsoft online services like Office 365 and many non-Microsoft SaaS applications.
Multi-Factor Authentication: An Azure service that heightens a customer’s overall security posture, protects data and applications, and doesn’t complicate sign-on procedures.
Azure Security Centre’s threat intelligence automatically collects, analyses, and compiles data from your Azure instances, your network, and any third party security solutions. A security alert is then created if a threat is detected—such as VMs communicating with malicious IP addresses, advanced malware detection, force attacks against VMs, and security alerts from integrated solutions.
Microsoft Azure is an option that many businesses around the world depend on. Suitable for small, medium or enterprise size organisations and with great flexibility and scalability it could be the option for you.
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