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Hardening your Azure Cloud Server

Azure cloud server hardening made easy-peacy

What is Azure cloud server

Azure, a cloud computing platform from Microsoft, offers a variety of services to businesses, government agencies, and the public who are in need of building and running an application on the internet. 

They provide services including storage, networking, analytics, virtual computing, Platform as a Service (PaaS), Software as a Service (SaaS), and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS).

It was previously known as Microsoft Azure. And helps the developers to access and manage cloud services and resources which includes the storage and transformation of data from one to another, based on your requirements.

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Cloud Server Hardening for Azure

Benefits of Hardening Azure Cloud Server

Even though Azure is more secure than on-premise computing solutions, Azure is still vulnerable to a variety of vulnerabilities such as access toke abuse and leakage, lateral movement from compromised workloads, and server-side request forgery aka SSRF. 

These vulnerabilities allow a bad actor to perform a variety of attacks including access token server-side application abuse, altering the internal resources, and data extortion to external sources.

Conducting a comprehensive Azure cloud server hardening with a proper in-depth cybersecurity strategy in hand would help prevent and mitigate the attacks ensuring your applications are safe from vulnerabilities. Also, this helps to prevent DDoS attacks, to ensure compliance with standards and regulations, and in terms of resource utilization optimization, in terms of various costs and technology.

Identity and Access Management (IAM)

Strong authentication and role-based access controls (RBAC) will be implemented along with enforcing the least privilege principles towards preventing unauthorized access to the resources in the Azure environment

Network Security Groups (NSGs)

The inbound and outbound traffic will be configured in the NSGs, at the network level. Restriction to unnecessary communications also shall be defined and applied.

Azure Security Center

Efficient threat detection, VA/PT, and intelligent security insights shall be implemented by implementing the Azure security center.

Patch Management and System updates

A watertight patch management process towards ensuring regular security patches to all the azure services shall be implemented.

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