Cloud security

Safeguard your multicloud apps and resources.

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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.

Control risky app usage

Block use of unsanctioned apps and protect sensitive information.

Improve security configuration

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

Protect against threats

Detect and protect workloads in Azure, on-premises, and other clouds against malware and threats​.

Integrated DevSecOps

Secure your entire software development lifecycle​.

Cloud security solutions

What is cloud security?

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 16,000 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

    Leverage 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.

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 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. Extend coverage to workloads outside Azure with Azure Arc.

  • Leverage comprehensive threat intelligence

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

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.

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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