Cloud security

Safeguard your multicloud apps and resources.

Security at Microsoft Ignite

Join us for this digital event to learn about the newest security innovations from Industry experts and Microsoft security leaders.

Why cloud security?

While the rapid growth of IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS services has helped businesses streamline operations and improve worker productivity, it has also introduced new risks and threats.

Strengthen cloud security posture

Assess and improve the security state of your cloud infrastructure​.

Protect against threats

Help keep workloads safe from malware and threats in Azure, on-premises, and in other clouds.

Control app access and usage

Manage access to apps, detect risky behavior, and safeguard sensitive information.

Integrated DevSecOps

Secure your entire software development lifecycle​.

Cloud security products

What is cloud security?

Strengthen multicloud security posture with Azure Security Center

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  • Know what’s going on

    Continuously assess the security state of your cloud resources across virtual machines, networks, apps, and data services. Monitor server workloads running in other clouds and in on-premises datacenters. Quickly get insights with visualization of the security state—all within Azure Security Center.

  • Get guidance and recommendations

    Improve your security posture and prevent common misconfigurations. Azure Secure Score is the core of the Azure Security Center security posture management capabilities. Get insights into your current state along with recommended actions to prioritize the steps you can take to improve your security posture.

  • Have more control

    Manage and enforce your security policies and make sure your virtual machines and Azure PaaS services are compliant. Set your policies to run on management groups, across subscriptions, and even for a whole tenant.

  • Streamline security posture management

    Easily deploy and configure Security Center on large-scale environments using policies and automation. Use AI and automation to quickly identify threats, improve threat investigation, and help automate remediation. Streamline threat mitigation by connecting to existing tools such as Azure Sentinel, the SIEM solution from Microsoft, or by integrating partner security solutions.

Protect hybrid cloud workloads with Azure Defender

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  • Protect Azure services

    Safeguard your virtual machines, data, cloud-native services, and IoT against common threats such as brute-force password attacks, SQL injection attacks, and threats against containers.

  • Protect hybrid cloud resources

    Understand the security state of your hybrid cloud workloads in one console. Help protect your Linux and Windows Servers from threats, extend coverage to workloads on AWS and Google Cloud with Azure Arc.

  • Take advantage of comprehensive threat intelligence

    Streamline threat investigation with AI and advanced automation. Protect users, devices, and apps using integration with Microsoft Defender. Bring all your security analytics together into one unified view with Azure Sentinel.

Help protect any app with Microsoft Cloud App Security

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  • Centralize monitoring and control for all apps

    Get rich visibility into your shadow IT, identify and remediate cloud-native attacks, and control how your data travels across all your cloud apps, whether they’re Microsoft apps or other apps.

  • Discover and control shadow IT

    Identify and control access to cloud apps and services used by your organization. Assess the risk level and business readiness of more than 17,000 apps and start managing them to ensure security and compliance.

  • Identify and remediate cloud-native attacks

    Detect unusual behavior across cloud apps to identify ransomware, compromised users, or rogue apps. Analyze high-risk usage and remediate automatically to limit the risk to your organization.

  • Protect your information in real time

    Take advantage of our adaptive access control to enable powerful use cases that help prevent data infiltration and exfiltration during risky user sessions across any app in your organization—all in real time.

Develop secure apps with GitHub

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  • Build secure apps faster

    Get all the tools you need to secure your app with GitHub and Azure—all fully integrated into the platform, whether you use Microsoft or open-source tools. Start with threat modeling to identify potential threats and perform static and dynamic code analysis to find vulnerabilities.

  • Get dependency updates automatically

    Use Dependabot to scan dependencies from other libraries or components, including open source, for vulnerabilities and the latest updates. Ensure your secrets, such as connection strings and keys, are stored securely in repositories backed by hardware security modules, not embedded in your code.

  • Protect the stack, top to bottom

    Enable multifactor authentication to protect identity and use a firewall to protect the network. Protect data with encryption at rest and in transit. Strengthen data encryption through the confidential computing family of virtual machines in Azure.

  • Use our best practices and tools

    Access current Azure Security Center best practices for securing apps so you know exactly what steps we recommend and implement with the same toolkit we use to secure our own apps.

Microsoft Cloud App Security is named a Leader in The Forrester Wave™: Cloud Security Gateways, Q2 2021

What customers are saying

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Monitor and control apps with Microsoft Cloud App Security

“Previously, I had to use several tools and portals to do what I now do on one screen with Cloud App Security. It’s a huge improvement in my workflow because it takes less time to monitor suspicious events. I also have more confidence that I’m seeing what I need to see. With multiple dashboards, it was harder to track everything we need to watch.”

Oleksandr Fisun, Cybersecurity Analyst

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Protect against threats with Azure Security Center

"Azure Security Center gives us the single pane of glass that enables us to improve our cloud security posture. We can now view recommendations on how to secure our services, receive threat alerts for our workloads, and quickly pass all that information to Azure Sentinel for intelligent threat hunting." 

Stuart Gregg, Cybersecurity Operations Lead

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"We chose Azure Security Center for all our cloud workloads. Every month it evolves, with new features that add value for us. And the strong connections with Azure Sentinel and Microsoft Defender for Endpoint help us run a lean, efficient team."


Terence Jackson, Chief Information Security and Privacy Officer, Thycotic

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“Azure Security Center is one of the most critical security tools managing the Azure ecosystem at NCR. With its single pane of glass, we get an overview of security across our Azure cloud deployments in real time. We also use it to harden our other Azure services.”


Isidro Rodriguez: Head of Digital Transformation, SaaS Operations NCR

More on cloud security products

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