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Azure Security Center: 4 Best Practices

Azure Security Center is a minimum viable standard for customers and their Azure environments

Azure Security Center is an infrastructure security management system that improves organisational security posture of any Azure environment and offers market-leading threat protection across both hybrid cloud and on-premises workloads.

Azure Security Center equips IT Security Teams with the necessary tools to reinforce their services, secure their network and ensure they’re managing their Cyber Security practices efficiently.

When deployed, Azure Security Center begins assessing an organisation’s environment, allowing relevant parties to understand the status and security of resources. The tool also assesses workloads. raises threat prevention recommendations and security alerts. Azure Security Center is easily deployed as a natively integrated tool. providing businesses with auto-provisioning and protection of their Azure and hybrid cloud environments.

In this blog, we'll outline 4 key best practices when deploying Azure Security Center.
 
#1: Standardise on both procedures and policies


As a Azure native tool, Azure Security Center’s native position provides it with more flexibility, if businesses with native security products are using more than one cloud, then it is critical that the company’s policies and postures are standardised across all the different platforms.

The go-to-market approach of each of the public cloud providers to security has been different as each attempts to figure out how to best meet demand of their consumers. Microsoft has recently expanded Azure Security Center with new features and capabilities.

Businesses can get the most out of Azure Security Center by pursuing app-level controls, native integrations, effective ease of use, high performance and high levels of availability.

#2: Just-In-Time Protection

Azure Security Center’s just-in-time protections defends against SSH brute force attacks and remote desktop protocol (RDP), both of which are known threats to business. Brute forcing into RDP with a password is often an organisation’s achilles heal, and once an malicious actor is in, they can penetrate horizontally across the entire organisation.
Just-in-time virtual machine access approves a specific IP address for an allotted amount of time, ensuring that no one else has access to the remote connection.
 
#3 Remediation Procedures
 
Azure Security Center has a defined set of tools to monitor environments against best practices, businesses need to make sure the governance they have in place is aligned with any regulatory and security practices.
 
Azure Security Center is an important solution for compliance and evaluation of security services in an organisations Azure environment, companies can efficiently ensure their policies are defined and their cloud environment consistently monitored. Once an issue has been identified, businesses can begin to rectify based on a matrix of priority.
 
#4 Storage, Database & VM Protection
 
With Azure Security Center, customers can protect the complete Azure estate rather than just virtual machines by activating Secure Score for all cloud resources. Protection of SQL databases and associated cloud storage requires additional action in Azure Security Center.

Due to business use of native cloud applications that leverage cloud storage, businesses can remove the chance of an malicious actor accessing their cloud storage or SQL database and compromising private data by turning on threat protection.
 
Conclusion

Best practice as it relates to Azure Cloud Security means businesses need to be aware of the Azure Security Center. The Azure Security Center allows organisations to apply security policies across workloads, see security alerts and associated remediation actions relating to your environment, limiting your exposure to threats, and offering a swift response when identifying and respond to attacks.

 

Tags: Azure Cloud, Cloud Security