AWS vs. Azure vs. Cloud+: To specialize, generalize or both?

Microsoft Ignite is taking place next week in Orlando, Florida. Thousands of developers and IT implementers will gather for the sold-out event to learn what’s on the horizon for new frontiers in technology. Azure—Microsoft’s cloud platform—is a primary focus for innovation and companies of all sizes and across all industries are already using Azure or considering migrating to the Microsoft cloud. It’s important for organizations to understand their role in the shared responsibility model for cloud security to ensure the applications and data they host in Azure have effective cybersecurity.

Azure continues to be a huge success for Microsoft. It is a significant source of revenue for Microsoft and it is the foundation of Microsoft’s overall strategy for where the company is heading. The cloud platform is quickly gaining ground on AWS in terms of overall market share as well. Just last week, the Pentagon selected Azure over AWS for the coveted, $10 billion Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) contract.  

Shared Responsibility for Azure Security

Azure is a powerful cloud platform and it provides a variety of benefits for organizations. To get the most out of Azure, though, you have to understand the concept of the shared responsibility for cloud security, and where the line is between what Microsoft provides and what you’re responsible for.

The easiest way to think about cloud security and the shared responsibility model is to just assume that Microsoft will protect the infrastructure and technologies it is providing, but you are responsible for everything you store or run on that infrastructure. In other words, Microsoft will take care of the physical security of the data centers Azure is run from, and for protecting the foundation services it offers customers, while you must secure your applications and data.

Better Azure Security with PIE

You need the right platform, intelligence and experts (PIE) for effective cybersecurity. Having a platform and tools won’t help unless you also have cutting edge research and intelligence, and cybersecurity professionals with the right skills and expertise to monitor the environment 24/7 to identify and respond to security incidents.

Alert Logic’s Microsoft Azure Solution Brief explains :

We focus on threats most relevant to cloud-hosted applications by defending each layer of your application and infrastructure stack against hard-to-detect web application attacks such as SQL injection, path traversal and cross-site scripting as well as other server-side threats such as privilege escalation, brute force and advanced malware. Integrated expert services for threat detection, blocking and compliance augment your in-house security while empowering cloud and application professionals to better secure their environments.

  • Reduce your risk by protecting your full application and infrastructure stack
  • Add security experts to your team overnight without hiring staff
  • Accelerate secure application deployments with API-driven automation and elasticity
  • Protect your cloud applications from attacks with technology that doesn’t impact performance
  • Simplify and save with one service that works across cloud and on-premises environments

Visit Us at Microsoft Ignite

You can download and view our Solution Brief: SIEMless Threat Management Built for Microsoft Azure for more information. If you’re going to be in Orlando for Microsoft Ignite, I also invite you to stop by Booth #600 to meet with the Alert Logic team to learn how we can help you with your Azure security.

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