With the increased reliance on technology and rising demand for ‘anytime, anywhere’ access to mission-critical data and systems, organizations are shifting more applications and workloads to the cloud.
Since administrators no longer have access to physical hosts and networks, a vast majority of their computing services has to be virtualized and managed remotely. While cloud platforms such as Microsoft Azure secure their own infrastructures, enterprises still remain responsible for protecting everything they put in the cloud.
Implementing Azure security best practices has never been easier with the unified cloud security platform offered by 5nine. Here is what you need to know about Azure security best practices with 5nine Cloud Security.
1) Protect Azure VMs
With 5nine Cloud Security you do not have to continually register new providers, create Azure Resource Groups, configure logging and log settings or enable diagnostics. 5nine Cloud Security for Azure allows you to enter your Microsoft Azure credentials directly into the 5nine console. Just select the resource groups that you want to monitor, and we’ll take care of the rest. All settings are retained for each administrator inside the console, so you don’t need to constantly access the Azure Portal to view or manage them.
Once connected, you can configure which Azure Resource Groups you want to view and manage in the 5nine Cloud Security console. The console will display only the resources and virtual machines you care about, which allows you to minimize noise and maximize efficiency.
2) Control Traffic
The 5nine Cloud Security Firewall allows you to control all inbound, outbound, and VM-to-VM traffic by inspecting network packets before they reach their virtual machines and networks. You can configure the firewall rules to allow or block inbound or outbound traffic. These rules can be applied to specific VMs, IP addresses, MAC addresses or VLAN IDs.
Additionally, the firewall monitors broadcast, unicast or multicast transfers across a variety of protocols, including ICMP, IGMP, TCP, UDP, GRE, or ICMPv6. Since this virtual appliance runs outside of the VMs, there is no need to install additional software or agents within the machine itself.
5nine Cloud Security for Azure is the only security suite specifically designed and optimized for Microsoft Azure.
The vFirewall supports all guest operating systems allowing you to secure Windows and Linux VMs with a single solution. To further simplify the management process, these rules can be activated on a schedule, imported, exported or created from an existing template. 5nine Cloud Security even comes with a library of common firewall rules to make configuration easy!
3) Run Agentless Antivirus
5nine delivers built-in antivirus so that you don’t have to acquire and deploy third-party solutions separately. 5nine Cloud Security protects VMs at the networking layer through its virtual router and does not require any antivirus agents to be installed. Bitdefender AV detects threats in real time and immediately notifies administrators of any issues.
5nine uses its patented Change Block Tracking (CBT) technology, which analyzes files that have been created, accessed or changed since the last scan. This means that there is no dependency on the end-user to install a security solution or run antivirus. This also ensures that malicious tenants won’t be able to uninstall the security components directly in a VM. Depending on your requirements, admins may not even be allowed to access the VMs to install agents.
4) Implement an Intrusion Detection System (IDS)
5nine Cloud Security integrates Cisco Snort IDS rules to identify different types of attacks, cross-site scripting, brute force, buffer overflows, stealth port scans and more. When an issue is discovered, you receive an alert along with a detailed description of the threat and recommended remediation actions. Additionally, 5nine provides Cisco Snort licenses and support. IDS updates can be scheduled and downloaded through a proxy server so that the security management server doesn’t have to be connected to the public Internet due to its high vulnerability.
5) Enable Granular User and Tenant Management
Role-based access control for each admin and tenant provides isolation across your virtual resources. Users can access 5nine Cloud Security as admins or with read-only permissions by using Windows security credentials. Tenant management is granular and allows admins to grant access to specific security features. By separating users and their resources, 5nine reduces the risk of threats being passed between them, thus enabling service providers to offer Security as a Service (SECaaS) as a brand new revenue channel.
Read Cloud Security For Microsoft Azure Solution Brief and learn how to protect your Microsoft Azure cloud data with confidence.
In addition, when running any security solution, it is essential to monitor the administrators who are using the system. Most compliance standards require internal user activity logging in order to ensure that malicious admins do not tamper with the system. 5nine Cloud Security logs all user actions and the results of any modifications to prevent tampering.
Finally, 5nine Cloud Security offers the ability to manage and secure multiple Azure subscriptions and v-routers, making this platform especially beneficial to service providers.
Ready to uncover the full list of benefits that come with integrating 5nine Cloud Security into your cloud architecture? Download a free 14-day trial and get ready to take complete control of your Azure security today!
I am an author, speaker and technical evangelist focussed on Microsoft Cloud management and security. I’ve held product management and product marketing roles at early stage startups and enterprise software vendors, all with an emphasis on Microsoft technologies. As the Senior Evangelist for 5nine, I get to share the 5nine story with audiences all over the world. I talk, I blog, I record videos, and I spread the word via social media.