New and Improved Azure Security Information Site


We’re all about the principle of continuous improvement over here in Azure security.

No matter how good things might seem, they can always be better.

That’s true for engineering processes, technologies, and even the information we put in front of you. It’s our firm belief that if you can’t understand what we have to offer and how to use it, it doesn’t matter how good it is.

With continuous improvement as a driving principle, we’re excited to share with you our new Azure Security Information site. You’ll still be able to find all the critical Azure security information you did in the old site on Azure.com, but now you’ll get a few things that will make your experience even better!

The front page now looks like what you see in the figure below. We’ve stripped out the marketing-like motif of the former front page and now make it easy for you to quickly get started with key Azure security concepts such as Azure network security, Azure storage security and Azure virtual machine (compute) security.

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When you go to any of the articles in the Azure Security Information site, you’ll see a Comments, Edit and Share button. Just under those buttons you’ll see a Theme drop down list. The default is the light theme (what you see in the figure below), but if you prefer the dark theme (yes, the 1990s wants its dark themes back!), you can choose it from the drop down list.

When you click Comments, it’ll drop you to the bottom of the page where you can make comments or ask questions about the content of the article.

Clicking Edit will take you to the article’s site in Github and you can edit it there. Please make edits! We’ve had wonderful experiences with the edits our Azure security community makes and I always look forward to accept your edits!

The Share button gives you a choice between Facebook and Twitter – please share our article every time you read them Smile

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The table of contents is a lot easier to read now too. On the left side of the page you can browse all the Azure security topics with ease – just click the arrows to expand the sections you’re interested in. No pain!

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In the figure below check out what the red arrow is pointing to. What is that thing? Not sure what it is, but when you click on it it’ll open a box where you can make a comment on the paragraph next to it – it’s a way for you to make inline commentary, and that commentary is available to everyone! You can use a federated identity (like Facebook), or you can use a LiveFyre identity (LiveFyre is the name of the service that provides this capability)

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Of course, I’ve saved the best for last. How many times have you wished that you could have all the information in your area of interest available in a simple PDF file? Maybe a PDF file that you’ll open up in Word later and make your own edits and notes as you study it. How often have you be dismayed, saddened, frustrated and angry because you had to use “caret browsing” and then copy/paste the web site content, only to see the formatting mangled beyond all recognition? Yeah, me too!

Those days are OVER.

See the Download Security Documentation link? CLICK IT! CLICK IT NOW! Smile

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What you see is beautiful – a fulfillment of all we ever wanted from Microsoft educational materials – here it is. We start with a complete (and clickable) table of contents.

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The table of contents includes all the articles in the Azure Security Information site!

Now let’s see what the articles look like:

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Wow. Just WOW. Is that great or what? The formatting is gorgeous, the title page is crisp, it just makes you want to sit down with a big pot of coffee and spend the entire night reading every article we have in the Azure Security Information site – in fact, that’s what I’m going to do tonight (yes, that’s my idea of an exciting Friday night Smile)

We hope you like what you see in the new Azure Security Information site. Keep letting us know what more you want! We never sit on our laurels and you can be sure that the next improvement is just a stand-up away!

Thanks!

Tom

Tom Shinder
Program Manager, Azure Security
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Comments (1)

  1. Paul Keely says:

    This is great content Tom, thanks for the post!

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