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3 Azure Security Best Practices for Your Business

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Craig Davis

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With the average cost of a data breach reaching an all-time high of $4.35 million in 2022, securing business environments is an urgent C-suite priority. Microsoft Azure security best practices instantly strengthen your organization’s security posture while reducing the cost and complexity of protecting your cloud-based applications, data, infrastructure, and services from cyber-attacks.

In the wake of last year’s record-breaking Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack, U.S. executives now consider cyber-attacks the No. 1 risk confronting companies. The cost of successful attacks stretches far beyond recovery, including reputational damage, customer churn, penalties/fines, and compensation to impacted parties.

From Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) to SQL injections to phishing to malware, hackers have an arsenal of weapons ready to wreak havoc on organizations. Businesses suffered an alarming 50% increase in cyber-attacks per week in 2021 – while 54% of IT decision-makers said their departments aren’t prepared to handle the growing sophistication of cybercriminals alone.

Even worse, cybercriminals target the U.S. nearly double the amount of any other country.

As organizations scramble for solutions, Microsoft Azure delivers value in three critical ways: instant access to a secure foundation managed by the power of Microsoft, unique intelligence at cloud scale that helps you respond to threats in real-time, and multilayered, built-in security controls for quickly protecting your full stack.

Let’s dig into the details of how adopting Microsoft Azure security best practices can better protect your organization against today’s rapidly evolving cyber threats.

Achieve advanced protection against the biggest risk businesses face

1. Lay a secure foundation.

With an annual investment of $1 billion in cybersecurity, Microsoft delivers multilayered security that protects cloud-based assets from the ground up.

Azure’s computing infrastructure lays a safe foundation for businesses to meet their security requirements, with built-in redundancy and reliability offered by hundreds of data centers across 60+ regions – more than any other cloud provider.

State-of-the-art, customized hardware integrates security controls like secret management and enclave technology into hardware and firmware components. Azure’s extensive network infrastructure also safeguards company assets and data with built-in protections against DDoS attacks.

Hackers use DDoS to cripple network resources and websites by overwhelming targets with potentially millions of superfluous requests – costing companies an average $40,000 for every hour of downtime. Azure can scale protection against DDoS to the largest workloads, with proven experience protecting Microsoft services like Xbox and Office 365.

Azure’s physical infrastructure protections are backed by 3,500 global cybersecurity experts actively monitoring the platform to detect and respond to threats in real time.

Automated updates and patching ramp up protection even more. Continuous testing like cyber-penetration exercises further works to identify vulnerabilities created by new threats.

2. Catch threats early with unique intelligence.

It takes an average of 277 days for organizations to identify and contain a data breach, according to IBM’s 2022 Cost of a Data Breach report. Unfortunately, every day that passes increases damage and costs.

Microsoft Azure security best practices make threat detection and response faster and smarter with real-time global cybersecurity intelligence delivered at cloud scale. The platform’s AI and machine learning algorithms are trained on 8 trillion daily threat signals collected from a wealth of Microsoft products worldwide.

That includes 18 billion Bing web pages, 400 billion emails, 1 billion Windows device updates, and 450 billion monthly authentications.