Azure Security Services can provide a significant number of benefits for businesses of all sizes. By using Azure Security Services, businesses can improve their security posture, reduce their costs, increase their agility, and improve their compliance.

Microsoft Azure Cloud comes with a host of security tools and capabilities. The wide array of security services offered by Azure Cloud are among the top reasons for its popularity and widespread adoption. Thanks to the array of capabilities and security services, users of all kinds and scales find it easy to create secure solutions with confidentiality, transparency, and reliability.


Azure Security Services broadly refers to the set of cloud-based tools and services provided by Microsoft to enable protection of data, applications, solutions and infrastructure hosted by any individual or business on the Azure Cloud. Azure offers multiple cloud service models, and the security features and the responsibility for managing security vary accordingly. While basic requirements may be met through built-in features, at times organizations may require partner solutions to cover for specific security capabilities.

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A trusted Azure partner, MCCP or a designated Azure Solutions Partner like atQor – is a great ally – when working with built-in security features, choosing which one/s suit your model the best or for bringing in specialized, partner-aided solutions. The built-in security capabilities by Azure are offered in 6 main areas of digital realm and cloud functions. They include – Operations, Storage, Applications, Compute, Identity and Network. The popular services like Azure Sentinel, Firewall, Layer Controls, Defender for Cloud and many others are all a part of these 6 areas and broadly the Azure Security Services umbrella. These are continually evolving services and the lists keep getting updated. Azure also offers Azure General Security. With atQor as your Azure Security Consultant – you can find out what works the best for your specific requirements, so you choose most cost effective, sustainable and relevant security solutions for your cloud capabilities and cloud native applications and resources. 

Benefits of Azure Security Services

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With such a wide range of security features for all kinds of eventualities, data and threat protection and response, Azure Cloud gives an assurance of confidentiality, integrity, availability and transparency.

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Secure & Protect

With security services array, you can secure your network, operations, databases, storage and every singe point of cloud function – in a variety of scenarios and eventualities. Azure Active Directory, Sentinel, Azure AD Identity Protection, Front Door, Firewall, VPN Gateway and many other services enforce standards, give brilliant analytics, encrypt data and safeguard expansively.

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Detect Threats

Ensure advanced threat protection and safety by pre-empting threats and possible malware etc. well in time. This means protection of your cloud native as well as hybrid resources and workloads. Manage identity and access, use SIEM and SOAR capabilities, get automated notifications or employ IDPS and high-tech IoT security solutions to your advantage.

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Investigate & Respond

There are tools that help you understand what’s happening in your cloud environment so your teams are better prepared to investigate and respond in case of a breach. View the activity in your environment with Azure AD monitoring and reporting tool. Or use Azure AD Activity Logs to route your logs to different endpoints.

Which Services come under Azure General Security?

Azure provides a wide range of general security services to help organizations protect their data, applications, and infrastructure in the cloud. They include:

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Microsoft Sentinel

A cloud-native SIEM service. It collects and analyzes data from various sources, such as Azure resources, on-premises systems, and third-party applications, to identify and respond to security incidents. It uses machine learning and AI to detect threats and automate incident response.

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Microsoft Defender for Cloud

Formerly known as ATP (Advanced Threat Protection) is a cloud-based security solution that offers threat protection, EDR (endpoint detection and response), Cloud workload protection, Threat investigation and response etc. It integrates with other MS security solutions like Security Center and Sentinel and also with third party tools.

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Azure Key Vault

Safely secure and store your passwords, connection strings and other relevant nuggets of information – you might need for your applications infrastructure. It’s like a real vault or safe storage – just in the cloud.

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Azure Monitor Logs

With this service, Microsoft enables you to collect, analyze and gain insights from log data generated by a variety of Azure resources and apps. This is a centralized platform for managing, querying log data and telemetry. Can be used as it is or when integrated with other Azure security features like Defender for cloud.

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Azure Dev/ Test Labs

This allows development and testing teams to create and manage environments in the cloud for application development, testing, and training purposes. It provides a cost-effective and efficient way to provision and manage resources, reducing the time and effort required for environment setup and maintenance.


SIEM refers to Security Information and Event Management solution for cloud services. SOAR is the acronym for Security Orchestration, Automation and Response. This is also a type of cloud security solution. Microsoft Sentinel is both SIEM and SOAR solution. It is designed to deliver cloud native, scalable solutions, and offers threat detection, intelligence and response, powerful analytics and more.

Microsoft Defender for Cloud was earlier called as Microsoft Defender ATP (Advanced Threat Protection). It is a brilliant cloud-based security solution that helps organizations protect their cloud infrastructure and services across multiple platforms, including Azure, AWS, and Google Cloud. It offers a range of capabilities to detect, investigate, and respond to security threats in real time. Defender for Cloud offers following features:


  • Identity and Access Protection that helps you secure user identities and prevent unauthorized access, utilizing machine learning algorithms to detect suspicious sign-in activities, risky behaviors, and compromised accounts.  


  • Threat Protection which uses advanced analytics and machine learning to detect and prevent a wide range of threats, including malware, ransomware, phishing attacks, and suspicious behaviors. It combines signals from various sources to provide comprehensive threat protection. 


  • Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR) that provides real-time monitoring and threat detection on endpoints, including Windows, macOS, and Linux. It collects and analyzes endpoint telemetry data to identify suspicious activities, investigate incidents, and respond to threats. 


  • Cloud Workload Protection helps protect cloud resources, such as virtual machines (VMs) and containers, by monitoring and analyzing their behavior for signs of compromise or unauthorized access. It provides insights and recommendations to ensure the security of cloud workloads. 


  • Incident Investigation and Response brings on board powerful investigation tools and automation capabilities to streamline incident response processes, offering rich insights, timeline views, and threat analytics to assist security teams in understanding and remediating incidents efficiently. 
  • Azure SQL Firewall 
  • Azure SQL Connection Encryption 
  • Virtual Network Rules 
  • SQL Database Auditing  
  • Azure SQL Transparent Data Encryption 
  • SQL Always Encrypted 

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