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March 19, 2024

5 Indispensable Security Practices for Azure Resources

In the rapidly evolving world of cloud computing, security of Azure resources is a top priority for any business. The rise of cloud-based threats requires organizations to take proactive measures to protect their data and services. Below are five essential security practices every organization should implement to keep their Azure environment secure.

1. Multifactor Authentication (MFA) Require and Restrict Access ๐Ÿš€.

  • Use conditional access: Implement conditional access policies and assign trusted locations.
  • Mandatory MFA: Provide strong password policies and require regular password changes.
  • Monitor MFA connections: Verify that MFA connections are from a trusted source or IP range.

2. Caution on Granting Extended Privileges ๐Ÿ›ก๏ธ

  • Limit the number of privileged users: Only assign role assignments with privileges to a limited number of users.
  • Follow the principle of minimum authorizations: Give individuals only the minimum permissions necessary to perform their duties.
  • Control access: Limit cloud access to only trusted IP addresses and necessary services.

3. Use Key Vaults or a Secrets Management Solution ๐Ÿ”‘.

  • Keep sensitive credentials safe in a place where they are difficult to steal by inside or outside threats.

4. Do Not Allow Unlimited Outgoing Internet Access ๐ŸŒ.

  • Configure rules and settings: Define cloud rules to securely manage and filter outgoing traffic.
  • Limit access: Limit cloud access exclusively to trusted IP addresses and necessary services.
  • Add security through a proxy layer: Use proxy service layers to add an additional layer of security.

5. Conduct Continuous Scans for Shadow IT Resources ๐Ÿ•ต๏ธ

  • Implement continuous scanning: Use tools and processes to scan unauthorized or unknown IT resources within Azure environments.
  • Strengthen incident response: Integrate insights from asset management into incident response strategies.

Security in the cloud is an ongoing effort that requires vigilance, proactive strategies and the latest security technologies. By implementing these best practices, organizations can stay one step ahead of threats and effectively protect their Azure resources.

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