Gartner Research

Implementing Effective IaaS Cloud Security in Microsoft Azure

Published: 28 May 2015

ID: G00272882

Analyst(s): Erik Heidt

Summary

Most security requirements can be satisfied through a combination of Microsoft Azure's core capabilities, hardened instances and conventional security tools. This assessment helps IaaS adopters identify and analyze these architectures and strategies.

Table Of Contents

Analysis

  • Examining Microsoft Azure Security Foundations
    • Understand Azure's Public Commitments About Controls
    • How Microsoft Azure Secures IaaS Infrastructure
    • Leverage Independent Third-Party Validations — Don't Take Microsoft's Word for It
  • Constructing Secure Solutions Within Azure
    • Focus on Hardening and Securing the Instances
    • Leveraging Encryption to Improve Data-at-Rest Protection
    • Microsoft Azure Administrative Controls and API Management
    • Successful Use of Third-Party Security Tools
  • Strengths
  • Weaknesses

Guidance

The Details

  • Structuring Your Deployment to Scope Controls and Control Access
    • Network Traffic Control Capabilities
  • Network Security Groups
    • Addressing Logging
    • Leveraging Your Current Experience
  • Network of Secure Instances
  • Instance Encryption
  • Managing Privileges Effectively
    • Authentication
    • Authorization
    • Authentication and Authorization of Microsoft Azure Consoles
    • Separation of Duties Strategies
    • Privileged Account Management (PAM)
    • Consider Access via Bastion Host

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