Cloud applications are becoming increasingly vulnerable to data breaches, so it is essential that the enterprise network has someone who understands security and can protect it from attackers. Microsoft-based applications rely on Azure. Therefore, IT professionals need to be familiar with the details of Azure data protection. Microsoft’s most recent certification covers security fundamentals in Azure.
Here are some security features you should know.
1. Microsoft Anti-malware for VMs
Companies can compromise their data by placing malware on a computer (usually through a phishing attack). The malware can then send data to the attacker. This data could come in the form a text file that was retrieved from the keylogger.
You can stop the malicious software from running by using Microsoft’s antimalware monitor in Azure virtual machines. You, the administrator, receive an alert so that you can remove the malware before it spreads any private information.
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Start training2. Azure Identity Management
You can have your users create 12 passwords for each app, or you could use Azure’s Active Directory Premium. If your users have accounts that are spread across the network, there is a chance that one account could be lost after the user leaves. If you don’t deactivate the account, you have a security flaw because users can log in even if they’re not with the organization anymore.
Azure Active Directory Premium allows you to provide a single sign on (SSO) for all your users. It is a single-stop identity management system that allows you to manage applications in any SaaS environment.
3. Two-Factor Authentication
What happens if your users lose their passwords? Azure’s integrated two factor authentication system makes it easy. Two-factor authentication uses a password along with the user’s smartphone to send an encrypted pin during the login process. A user cannot log in if they don’t have access to the second device.
Azure already has this feature, so you don’t need to purchase expensive hardware or software to support two factor. You must be able configure and support it as an administrator for your Microsoft Azure environment.
4. Storage encryption and role-based access control
Any data sent to the cloud can be accessed by eavesdroppers. If you transmit data in plain text and without encryption, your data could be accessed by eavesdroppers. Azure Storage allows you to encrypt information while it is being transmitted to reduce the risk for data leaks from eavesdropping.
Microsoft also offers role-based access controls. Role-based access controls are based on a “need for know” basis. This security phrase is used to ensure that you have access to all areas of your system. According to the standards, you should only allow access to those who are required to know the data in order to perform their job function. They shouldn’t be granted access if they don’t require it.
5. SQL Server Database Controls
SQL Server is an important part of any enterprise and is the main target of hackers. Administrators must take extra precautions to ensure that SQL Server is protected because SQL can store all of a company’s data records.
Azure increases security by restricting certain SQL statements that you use in Management Console. These restrictions must be recognized and implemented by the administrator to ensure that database activity runs smoothly. Domain authentication is used in cloud environments. Therefore, the administrator must configure SQL for Windows authentication to ensure that users have access to the database using Active Directory.
Statements such as USE cannot be accessed from cloud databases. This is to ensure that an attacker can’t gain access to other databases if he/she can manipulate users or application codes into giving him access.