Microsoft Azure Data Security (Data Cleansing and Leakage)

Disclaimer: The procedures explained in this document are now current as of September 2014, and are subject to change without notice. Of utmost concern to enterprise customers (indeed all customers) who are considering deploying their applications to Microsoft Azure is the security of their underlying data. A sometimes overlooked aspect of data protection is assuring…

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Windows Azure PaaS ACLs Are Here!

Even though there wasn’t much fanfare about it in the release of the Windows Azure SDK 2.3, the PaaS Access Control List (ACL) feature was finally added after having this feature for Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) virtual machines since sometime last year. I actually didn’t notice it myself, but I received a curious email…

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Accessing Azure SQL DB from an Azure VM Using the External IP Address

A customer asked me the other day how they can disallow arbitrary machines from within the Windows Azure environment to have access to their Azure SQL Database servers, while still allowing specific machines within the Azure environment to have access to their Azure SQL Database servers. This is pretty simple to implement so I thought…

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