Reason Azure Security Design And Operations Are On Top
Why Azure Security Design And Operations Are On Top
The current digital security landscape for businesses can accurately be described in one word: complicated. More numerous and advanced threats, more nebulous and complex compliance requirements, more difficult and intricate infrastructure to secure. Simply put: keeping data, workloads, and users secure is more than a full time job and organizations are having trouble keeping up.
Reduce risk while accelerating business growth in the cloud: Using infrastructure as a public cloud service (IaaS) for applications and other workloads provides business with new flexibility and a new economy. Businesses are struggling to cope with the rapidly changing landscape of computer security. Protect what you deploy in Azure against cyber threats and attacks while maintaining the resilience of your business needs.
Azure environments require the latest security technologies with 24/7 security monitoring to identify applications and workloads and protect against cyber threats in real time. As a result, we have created a solution specifically designed to protect the deployment of Azure environments. Dalwax provides cloud-based managed security solutions that provide complete security visibility and address a broad range of security compliance controls.
Secure cloud solutions are the result of comprehensive planning, innovative design, and efficient operations. Microsoft azure makes security a priority at every step, from code development to incident response.
Design For Security From The Ground Up
Azure code development adheres to Microsoft’s Security Development Lifecycle (SDL). The SDL is a software development process that helps developers build more secure software and addresses security compliance requirements while reducing development cost. The SDL became central to Microsoft’s development practices a decade ago and is shared freely with the industry and customers. It embeds security requirements into systems and software through the planning, design, development, and deployment phases.
Enhancing Operational Security
Azure adheres to a rigorous set of security controls that governs operations and support. Microsoft deploys combinations of preventive, defensive, and reactive controls including the following mechanisms to help protect against unauthorized developer and/or administrative activity:
Tight access controls on sensitive data, including a requirement for two-factor smartcard-based authentication to perform sensitive operations.
Combinations of controls that enhance independent detection of malicious activity.
Multiple levels of monitoring, logging, and reporting.
In addition, Microsoft conducts background verification checks of certain operations personnel and limits access to applications, systems, and network infrastructure in proportion to the level of background verification.
One key operational best practice that Microsoft uses to harden its cloud services is known as the “assume breach” strategy. A dedicated “red team” of software security experts simulates real-world attacks at the network, platform, and application layers, testing Azure’s ability to detect, protect against, and recover from breaches. By constantly challenging the security capabilities of the service, Microsoft can stay ahead of emerging threats.
Incident Management & Response
Microsoft follows a five-step incident response process when managing both security and availability incidents for the Azure services. The goal for both types is to restore normal service security and operations as quickly as possible after an issue is detected and an investigation is started. The response is implemented using a five-stage process illustrated in the figure below, which shows the following activities: Detect, Assess, Diagnose, Stabilize, and Close. The Security Incident Response Team may move back and forth between diagnose and stabilize as the investigation progresses.
First indication of an event investigation.
An on-call incident response team member assesses the impact and severity of the event. Based on evidence, the assessment may or may not result in further escalation to the security response team.
Security response experts conduct the technical or forensic investigation, and identify containment, mitigation, and workaround strategies. If the security team believes that customer data may have become exposed to an unlawful or unauthorized individual, parallel execution of the Customer Incident Notification process begins in parallel.
The incident response team creates a recovery plan to mitigate the issue. Crisis containment steps such as quarantining impacted systems may occur immediately and in parallel with diagnosis. Longer term mitigations may be planned, which occur after the immediate risk has passed.
The incident response team creates a post-mortem that outlines the details of the incident, with the intention to revise policies, procedures, and processes to prevent a reoccurrence of the event.
EXPERTISE At Dalwax, we’ve tackled several challenging Azure transformation journeys for our customers, by re-architecting and rewriting their applications from the ground up to be Azure-native. Along the way, we learned some key lessons on how to re-architect applications to be modular, scalable, fault tolerant and ultra-responsive.
PaaS & Container Architectures
We are experts at converting traditional stateful applications into modern applications leveraging Azure PaaS services and container architectures for total control over scalability and resilience.
While modernizing applications we leverage an Agile DevOps driven approach that enables application delivery transformation by enabling toolchains and processes that support continuous integration and continuous delivery.
We can help develop and implement best-fit architectures and components depending on whether your application is heavy on end-user interactions (predominantly user driven and UI / UX is important) vs Event driven (IoT and business process automation Intelligent apps).
Corporate compliance, governance and performance considerations can mandate application components to remain within Private cloud or existing on-premise environments, and still talk to the Public cloud components. Our experts can help design solutions for optimal performance and scale.
While monolithic, on-premise applications are perceived to be secure due to the ability to implement centralized security policies while behind corporate firewalls, with our knowledge and expertise we can help deploy enhanced security postures within your Azure cloud environments.
We can help businesses efficiently leverage ready-to-use Azure cloud services and solution components to reduce development time while benefitting from the inherent cloud native features of the services. Our experts strike the right balance between upfront vs ongoing benefits of using these services.
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