Know your shared security responsibility in Azure

Business people having a meeting at round tableIt’s no longer a question of if you’re moving to the cloud, but when. Knowing which security responsibilities fall on your shoulders could be the difference between a turbulence-free journey to the cloud and an uncomfortably bumpy one.

With so much to consider, it’s critically important to understand what your responsibilities are when it comes to the security of your applications and data in the cloud. For years, Trend Micro has been helping our customers understand their shared security responsibility in the cloud and ultimately protect sensitive enterprise resources across Hybrid Cloud environments.

Building on this, I’m excited to share Microsoft’s latest paper on Shared Responsibilities for Cloud Computing (PDF), an excellent resource for customers who are either considering or have started moving to the cloud. Microsoft clearly outlines the responsibilities for the customer and cloud service provider for different scenarios within On-Prem, IaaS, PaaS or SaaS environments:



Source: Shared Responsibilities for Cloud Customers, Microsoft, March 2016

I couldn’t’ have phrased it better myself! This paper will walk you through each responsibility and what you or the cloud service provider are responsible for securing. It is a must-read for cloud any Azure deployment.

Trend Micro Deep Security has been built from the ground up to protect cloud workloads without the extra bumps and delays that legacy security products are notorious for. It helps you meet many of your shared security responsibilities, including:

  • Defending against network threats with Intrusion Detection and Prevention (IDS/IPS)
  • Immediately protecting against server and application vulnerabilities like Shellshock and Heartbleed without the need to emergency patch
  • Keeping malware off your Windows and Linux workloads
  • Knowing when unplanned or suspicious changes are made to your systems
  • Augmenting Azure controls to help speed PCI-DSS compliance

To learn more about some of the best practices for cloud security, we’ve developed 10 Steps to help you improve Azure Deployments so that you can feel confident knowing that you’ve done your part to secure your business in the cloud.

Visit to learn more about how Deep Security and Microsoft work together to secure your Azure workloads. To dive into specific security information for Microsoft Azure, visit the Microsoft Trust Center.

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