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….


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!


Boost Azure Security Center with Integrated Vulnerability Assessment

Azure Security Center provides you a single view of the security state of your Azure assets. That single view provides a lot of user information: security alerts, security recommendations, threat detections, security health management, and more. The main screen below give you a good idea of what I’m talking about.   The built-in features go…


10 Security Issues You Can Fix with Azure Security Center

When I first saw Azure Security Center over a year ago, I thought “meh, looks interesting but doesn’t seem to do too much”. True story. Since then, a lot of things have changed in Azure Security Center and my understanding of what it does and how it works – there’s no “meh” there anymore! When…


Tip of the Day: Azure Security Center Email Alerts

I was on a call recently where it came up that some of our avid Azure and Azure Security Center users were completely unaware that they could get email alerts from Azure Security Center. Email alerts are pretty handy, and it would be unfortunate if you were getting all the Azure Security Center advantages without…


Azure Security Center Podcast with Sarah Fender

Heads up on a new podcast with Sarah Fender on Azure Security Center. (recorded November 3, 2016) Check it out on The Azure Podcast show. Enjoy! Tom ShinderProgram Manager, Azure Security@tshinder | Facebook | LinkedIn | Email | Web | Bing me! | GOOG me


New: Azure IaaS Security Best Practices

If you’re been watching this space, you know that we have a growing collection of Azure security best practices articles. If you haven’t been watching this space, then I’d like you to know that we have a growing collection of Azure security best practices articles You can find our Azure security best practices articles at…


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…