It is estimated there are 720 million hack attempts every 24 hours worldwide. Various recent ransomware incidents have highlighted the interconnectedness of our digital world and the critical need to secure these digital assets from attackers, criminals, and other hostile third parties.
Most attacks exploit simple vulnerabilities which are often publicly documented with patches already available. For ISVs, the need for strong security has never been larger. Security teams are often overwhelmed by the volume of security signals (most of which is noise) and often, ISVs need to spend valuable resources on non-security work, like maintaining infrastructure.
Security needs to be a foundational principle, permeating every phase of the development process, from the cloud platform itself to the DevOps lifecycle, to the security operations processes.
As the only major cloud platform built by a security vendor, Azure empowers you to embed security into every layer of architecture. Microsoft has deep security expertise, serving 400,000 customers including 90 out of the Fortune 100, and achieving $10 billion in security revenue as a result.
Security should be built into every stage of the lifecycle and each level of your architecture in order to effectively protect your cloud innovation. Without this, ISVs may struggle to integrate security into the DevOps cycle and security analytics may be required to slow down innovation or assets may have to go unprotected. That’s why Azure has security built-in at every layer of architecture—not only at the runtime level but also when writing code.
For example; GitHub Advanced Security features empower ISVs to deliver more secure code with built-in security capabilities like code scanning for vulnerabilities and secret scanning to avoid putting keys and passwords in code repositories.
There are also controls built into resources like the virtual machine, SQL, storage, and container blades that make security simple for users beyond security professionals. Zero trust principles enforce security at every level of the organisation. Azure is built on top of these key principles: verify explicitly and assume breach. Azure has a consistent Azure Resource Manager (ARM) layer to manage resources. This layer combines with identity capabilities to deliver multi-factor authentication and least privilege access. What’s more, you get an architecture literally designed for Zero Trust with Azure’s built-in networking capabilities—spanning micro-segmentation to firewalls.
Azure helps to protect, detect, and respond at a pace that enables ISVs to get ahead of threats by leveraging the power of AI and the scale of the cloud,. The AI used in Azure security solutions is powered by threat intelligence from across Microsoft’s entire security portfolio, encompassing trillions of signals per day and a large diversity of signals from the Microsoft Cloud. This enables prioritisation for the most important incidents, drastically cutting down on noise and saving ISV’s precious time.
In addition, cloud-scale means that you always have the capacity you need, without investing in infrastructure setup and maintenance.
The Azure platform is designed to reduce your security and operations management burden for building, maintaining, and securing your Cloud assets.
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