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Microsoft Defender Cloud Security Posture Management

Focus on your most critical risks first across multicloud environments with contextual cloud security posture management (CSPM).

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New capabilities designed for the era of AI

Innovate boldly with built-in security during the application lifecycle. Secure AI, data, and compute workloads in your multicloud environment with new, comprehensive cloud-native application protection platform (CNAPP) capabilities.

Reduce critical risks with contextual CSPM

Gain full visibility, contextual insights, and built-in workflows to remediate the most critical risks across clouds with Defender Cloud Security Posture Management.

Monitor your multicloud security posture

Get continuous security assessments of your resources running across DevOps pipelines, Microsoft Azure, AWS, Google Cloud Platform, and on-premises.

Prioritize risks with contextual insights

Identify your most critical risks with insights from the security operations center (SOC), DevOps, APIs, Microsoft Defender External Attack Surface Management, Microsoft Entra Permissions Management, and Microsoft Purview, all in a single view.

Get agent-based and agentless vulnerability scanning

Get continuous, real-time monitoring with agentless vulnerability scanning and gain deeper visibility from built-in agents.

Maintain compliance with multicloud benchmarks

Follow best practices for multicloud security compliance with controls mapped to major regulatory industry benchmarks, such as the Center for Internet Security, the payment card industry, and the National Institute Of Standards and Technology, in a central dashboard.

Reduce risk by knowing the context

Gain full visibility into your security and compliance posture and understand the most important risks with Defender Cloud Security Posture Management.

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Key capabilities

Reduce your risk with Defender Cloud Security Posture Management.

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Measure your security posture with secure score

Gain in-depth and continuous assessments of the security of your cloud resources running in DevOps pipelines, Azure, AWS, and Google Cloud Platform.

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Gain visibility and contextual insights

Get connected insights generated by the cloud security graph spanning different workloads, such as DevOps, data sensitivity, APIs, Microsoft Defender External Attack Surface Management, and identity.

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Mitigate risks with proactive cyberattack path analysis

Use graph-based cyberattack path analysis to explore risk and surface contextual cyberthreat data to help prioritize remediation and save mitigation time.

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Manage security policies and simplify compliance

Centrally manage security policies across your cloud workloads and APIs and follow best practices with benchmarks for multicloud security compliance.

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Implement security governance

Define and manage security governance rules at scale. Assign and track responsibility with a central view to improve organizational efficiency.

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Enhance your data security

Get contextual insights into sensitive data exposure in posture management. Reduce overall sensitive data exposure by identifying weak spots.

Infrastructure as code security

Enable the security of infrastructure-as-code (IaC) templates and container images to minimize cloud misconfigurations reaching production environments.

Code-to-cloud remediation

Use code-to-cloud context to prioritize critical security fixes. Assign ownership by triggering custom workflows that feed directly into developer tools.

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Industry trends in cloud security posture management

Learn how to gain greater visibility and strengthen cloud-native app development security with insights from industry analysts and leaders.

Industry research and recognition

Microsoft Security is a recognized industry leader.


A Leader in Infrastructure-As-A-Service Platform Native Security

Microsoft is named a Leader in The Forrester Wave™: Infrastructure-As-A-Service Platform Native Security, Q2 2023 report.12

Industry-leading cloud security posture management

Microsoft Defender CSPM is a leader in the 2023 KuppingerCole Leadership Compass on CSPM.3


Forrester Consulting TEI study

Microsoft Defender for Cloud delivers 219 percent ROI over three years and a payback of less than six months, according to a study commissioned by Microsoft.1, 4

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Defender for Cloud

Protect multicloud and hybrid environments with comprehensive security across the full lifecycle, from development to runtime.

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Defender External Attack Surface Management

See your business the way a cyber attacker does.

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Stay up to date

Get product news, configuration guidance, product tutorials, and tips.

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Defender for Cloud key scenarios

Explore cloud security posture management, cloud workload protection, and development security operation scenarios.

Microsoft Learn

Cloud security posture management concepts

Understand security policies, initiatives, and recommendations in Defender for Cloud.


Defender for Cloud datasheet

Strengthen and maintain security in your multicloud and hybrid environments.

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  • [1] Forrester, Forrester New Wave, Forrester Wave, and Total Economic Impact are trademarks of Forrester Research, Inc.
  • [2] The Forrester Wave™: Infrastructure-As-A-Service Platform Native Security, Q2 2023. Andras Cser, Merritt Maxim, Caroline Provost, Christine Turley, April 25, 2023.
  • [3] KuppingerCole Analysts AG Leadership Compass, Cloud Security Posture Management, Mike Small, July 27, 2023.
  • [4] The Total Economic Impact™ Of Microsoft Defender for Cloud, A Forrester Total Economic Impact Study commissioned by Microsoft, February 2021.

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