Azure Cloud Security Best Practices

According to Gartner, many organizations have already virtualized more than 75% of their corporate workloads. Yours may be one of them.

But you may also be among the 70% of IT professionals worldwide who are concerned about the security and privacy of cloud computing.

If both of those conditions are true for you, you’re probably hesitant to entrust the security of your virtual machines to the cloud, and prefer instead to use traditional endpoint security technology or private virtual LANs (VLANS).

Considering that through 2020, public cloud infrastructure as a service (IaaS) workloads will experience 60% fewer security incidents than those in traditional datacenters, ask yourself:

Is your security strategy up to date? Does it employ the latest, most effective level of protection for your virtual environment?

Guaranteed 100% cloud-based protection isn’t possible. But there are advanced tools you can employ to dramatically reduce the threats posed to your virtual machines—tools that go well beyond the capabilities of traditional security solutions. The Microsoft Cloud and 5nine Cloud Security are among them.

Looking for a better way to safeguard your virtual machines? Read about the only virtual security product of its type exclusive to the Microsoft Cloud.

How does the Microsoft “intelligent cloud” help protect your virtual machines?

There are three ways in which the Microsoft Cloud helps you prevent, detect and respond to virtual threats:

  • You can protect your machines from unauthorized access or tampering with a security feature called Shielded Virtual Machines (“Shielded VMs”). It encrypts a VM’s virtual disks so that any administrator without full rights to access a Shielded VM won’t be able to view its contents or alter settings.
  • You can minimize your vulnerability to attacks by utilizing Nano Server. It’s essentially a pared-down server that acts as a “just-enough” operating system (OS). A smaller OS means fewer operating system components and reduced security exposure.
  • You can manage your network traffic more effectively by using Hyper-V Virtual Switch. This feature gives you more options for controlling and isolating traffic, mitigating congestion and employing protective measures against attacks.

How A 5nine Cloud Security + Microsoft Cloud Combination Takes Security To The Next Level

The protection provided by the Microsoft Cloud is better than most enterprise data centers can offer, and here is the truth: Microsoft—or any other cloud provider—isn’t solely responsible for the security of your virtual machines. Therefore, organizations must take additional steps to secure their VMs.

By 2018, the 60% of enterprises that implement appropriate cloud visibility and control tools will experience one-third fewer security failures.

Since 2010, 5nine has been collaborating with Microsoft to develop Hyper-V security and management tools. Today, 5nine is recognized as a leader in hardening VMs across Microsoft Hybrid Cloud.

5nine Cloud Security software strengthens and protects your virtualized environment by detecting threats that would otherwise go unnoticed. It guarantees a greater degree of control over your security policies—without compromising performance. 5nine Cloud Security also simplifies VM security tasks with an intuitive interface and management capability from a single console. It seamlessly integrates with the virtual switch, and it’s the only completely “agentless” security solution for the Microsoft Cloud Platform.

Download Now: 5nine Cloud Security Hardens Virtual Machines (VMs) Across Windows Server 2016 and Microsoft Azure [Whitepaper]

To find out specifically how Microsoft Azure and 5nine Cloud Security work together to protect your virtual environment, download the Azure security whitepaper. It lists 12 features every organization should look for in a VM security solution. Download the Azure security whitepaper today, and take the first step toward implementing the most cost-effective and high-performing protection solution for your virtual machines in the Microsoft Cloud.


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Maria Talley

Maria Talley

Maria is a strategic marketer who brings over a decade of digital marketing experience to 5nine. As a software industry insider, she brings a fresh voice and insight into content development projects at 5nine. Maria enjoys making complex topics accessible and engaging to various audiences by addressing their pain points and tailoring solutions that help IT professionals optimize and streamline their business processes.

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