Microsoft Azure is part of the 3 main components of the cloud computing XaaS family consisting of IaaS (Infrastructure-as-a-Service), PaaS (Platform-as-a-Service) and SaaS (Software-as-a-Service). Azure is both IaaS and PaaS, and like all cloud computing services their overall business benefits are to help any organization "achieve their desired business outcomes". Let's take a quick look at one of the business benefits of Azure - Security.
For decades, clients lived in a world of on-premises data and data storage. Later clients needed to spend an enormous amount of resources, upgrades and training just to make sure they were as secure as possible, a seemingly impossible task. When cloud-computing started to emerge, by far the biggest "push-back" was that data in the cloud is much less secure. However, that's simply false.
When you implement Microsoft Azure, these are the most common Security advantages:
- Azure's Secure Foundation includes billions of dollars spent each year investing in enhancing your security with thousands of dedicated security professionals.
- Azure's Built-in Security Controls to help you stay protected using identity, network, data and tools to help you with security management and threat protection.
- Azure's Unique Intelligence leverages data from 450 billion authentications per month, 4 billion emails and 1 billion devices to provide the intelligence you need to protect from evolving threats.
Security Post Implementation
You've implemented Azure - you're done right? Not so fast. Here are 3 top items you need to focus on the ensure your security is ready and able to guard against the most sophisticated threats.
Ensure You are Taking Full Advantage of Azure's Secure Foundation
Fully leverage Azure's multi-layered security across physical data centers, infrastructure, and operations. Rely on Azure's customized hardware, which has security controls integrated into the hardware and firmware components, and learn to leverage Azure's team of more than 3,500 global cybersecurity experts.
Leverage Azure's Built-in Controls to Simplify Your IT Teams Tasks
Most IT teams are at full capacity, yours is no exception. Azure provides simple built-in controls and services across identity, data, networking, and apps. This allows you continuous protection with deeper insights from Azure Security Center. It also provides you with protections to hybrid environments and easily integrates partner solutions in Azure.
Utilize Azure's Sophisticated Early Warning Capabilities to Detect Threats
Early warning to very sophisticated security threats is paramount to having a world-class secure foundation in place. Proactive insights are developed by analyzing vast sources obtained by Azure including using machine learning, behavioral analytics, and application-based intelligence. The resulting insights inform services in Azure and help you detect threats faster.
If your staff is not trained on the latest Azure security features, enhancements and best practices, your data could be at risk.
We created a simple 1-page Azure Business Benefits Guide and Assessment. Use this guide to assess your business benefits with Microsoft Azure. Schedule a time to review your results in a free recommendations call.
In the next blog of our 5 part series The Business Benefits of Azure we'll discuss How to Leverage Azure Performance and Availability. Subscribe to our blog to be notified of the next published post.