While cyber threats affect every organization and every individual, governments face unique challenges. The recent Executive Order on Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Infrastructure represents a key example of the growing pressure on government agencies to increase their efforts around protecting highly sensitive data and systems.
To help our customers address their security challenges, we are announcing the preview of Azure Security Center for Azure Government. Security Center delivers unified security management for hybrid cloud workloads, with continuous monitoring as well as security assessments and recommendations. Coupled with advanced threat protection to identify and mitigate risk and reduce exposure, this enables government cloud security teams to better protect their data, networks, and IT infrastructure from cyberattacks.
With Security Center, government customers can more easily:
- Understand security state across on-premises and cloud workloads
Government agencies often have a complex IT infrastructure, and now with Security Center you can get a unified view of security across your on-premises and cloud workloads. In addition, you can automatically discover and onboard new Azure resources and apply security policies across your hybrid cloud workloads to ensure compliance with security standards. Especially important for agencies that operate across many locations, Security Center helps you collect, search, and analyze security data from a variety of sources.
- Find vulnerabilities and remediate quickly
Security Center allows you to continuously monitor the security of machines, networks, and Azure services using hundreds of built-in security assessments, and actionable security recommendations help you remediate issues before they can be exploited.
- Limit your exposure to threats
With Security Center, you can reduce exposure to attacks by enabling just-in-time, controlled access to management ports on Azure VMs to drastically reduce surface area exposed to brute force and other network intrusions.
- Detect and respond swiftly to attacks
Security Center employs advanced analytics and the Microsoft Intelligent Security Graph to help you get an edge over evolving cyberattacks. Security Center provides built-in behavioral analytics and machine learning to identify attacks and zero-day exploits, and monitors networks, machines, and cloud services for incoming attacks and post-breach activity.
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