Cybercrime will cost the global economy over $10.5 trillion annually by 2025.
With the growing risk of cybercrime, ransomware and data breaches, organizations must take steps to protect their data before it reaches the cloud.
Reinforcing your security posture starts with understanding the need to take a proactive role in securing data, alongside Azure’s role in securing the physical network and servers.
However, many organizations lack the time, resources and expertise to secure their cloud infrastructure. Security isn’t optional, but building a secure application hosting environment is time-consuming. When resources are constrained, security is often deprioritized, leaving businesses and their customers at risk.
Learn more below about improving your Azure cloud security posture.
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Azure operates as a shared responsibility model. Microsoft secures the physical network and servers, but users must secure operating systems, network controls, and applications. Many organizations either assume security is mostly handled by Azure or they lack the expertise, processes, and tools to effectively monitor and mitigate threats against their Azure infrastructure.
A Complex Security Ecosystem
Azure incorporates a wide variety of security tools and services, from Azure Security Center’s vulnerability assessments to a fully-featured firewall and a cloud-native security analytics platform with machine learning. Combining these tools and others to create a coherent layered security posture is challenging for non-experts. Security becomes even more challenging given the pace at which resources can be deployed and cloud infrastructure evolves. Many Azure users leverage only a fraction of the platform’s security capabilities, leaving them more vulnerable than necessary.
Cloud Security Misconfiguration
Misconfiguration is among the most significant causes of cloud security vulnerabilities, whether it’s storage with inadequate access controls, VMs hosting world-readable databases, inadequate encryption of data at rest and in transit, or source code with embedded security keys. McAfee estimates that the average business has 14 misconfigured IaaS instances. If cloud users fail to leverage platform and third-party monitoring and security capabilities, they are unlikely to discover vulnerabilities and security breaches until it’s too late.