Update to Azure Antimalware Extension for Cloud Services

Microsoft Azure has released the latest version (1.1.0.1) of the Azure Antimalware extension for Cloud Services (PaaS v1). This release includes support for Guest Agent Family 5+ and has Windows Server 2016 Operating System enabled with Defender by default. The new extension will only configure the policies in your Azure PaaS v1 nodes, as Defender…


NEW: Azure Platform as a Service (PaaS) Security Best Practices

Things have been super busy around here, and one of the victims of that flurry of activity is the blog. Let’s try to make it up to you by giving your some great news – we’ve published some new PaaS security best practices articles! Here’s what we have to far: Securing PaaS deployments Securing PaaS…


Experiencing a Real-World Security Investigation with OMS Security

Earlier this month, Tom Shinder wrote this article about the  OMS Suite Experience Center. This is an amazing resource to learn more about OMS Security, experience the interface and get used to the dashboard. Now let’s move to the next level, let’s really perform a security investigation using the data available in this environment. Perform…


Microsoft Security Intelligence Report features Azure Security Center Advanced Threat Detection

The Microsoft Security Intelligence Report (SIR) focuses on software vulnerabilities, software vulnerability exploits, malware, and unwanted software. Current and past reports and related resources are available for download at www.microsoft.com/sir. We expect that you will find the data, insights, and guidance provided in this report useful in helping you protect your organizations, software, and users….


Monitoring your hybrid environment with OMS security

If you’re wondering how to use Microsoft Operations Management Suite (OMS) Security and Audit Solution to monitor a hybrid enterprise infrastructure, be sure to check out this new MVA course. Learn about deployment, antimalware, and update assessments, in addition to incident detection and response. Get the details on security challenges for IT operations and how…


Use Key Encryption Keys to Backup Your Encrypted Azure Virtual Machines

Many of you have been asking us about the ability to encrypt virtual machines in Azure. It’s an important question, because many security teams and compliance team require that virtual machines be encrypted. The good news is that we have a great feature called Azure Disk Encryption that enables you to encrypt the virtual disk…


Get Threat Intelligence Reports with Azure Security Center

There’s a very cool feature in Azure Security Center that deserves more attention. Actually, there are a lot of such features – but the one I have my mind on today is the integrated Threat Intelligence Reports you get when you enable Azure Security Center on your Azure subscriptions. You might not have seen them…


Tom Shinder Discusses Cloud Security at CloudAdminCon 2016

I had a chance recently to speak with a group of cloud computing leaders recently at the CloudAdminCon 2016 conference. During this discussion, I provided trenchant answers to key cloud security issues, and touched on a number of key Azure security advantages during the discussion. Enjoy!