If you’re using Azure, be sure you’re taking advantage of these cloud security tools to protect your data and your users.

With data breaches continuing to dominate the news headlines again and again, companies are beginning to understand the many benefits of a robust cloud security initiative.

Popular cloud security tools available with Microsoft Azure

Microsoft, a leading provider of cloud computing services, has released a number of tools to help organizations of all sizes secure their Azure cloud environments. Read on to find out which cloud security tools may work best for you and your growing organization.

Azure Security Center

With this versatile tool, you’ll have a centralized dashboard to control and monitor all of your cloud-based resources securely. This tool allows you to monitor security rules and handle all your compliance needs depending on your industry from a user-friendly console. Security Center collects data from other Azure services, networks, and VMs to spot potential risks and make necessary recommendations.

Azure Active Directory

With Azure Active Directory, you’ll have access to a tool that offers identity management and cloud directory capabilities that fully integrates with your on-premises Active Directory. This tool allows for companies to use one set of credentials for a variety of SaaS apps such as Salesforce, Box, Citrix, and Office 365. Azure Active Directory also includes a variety of cloud security tools to handle multifactor authentication including monitoring and access control.

Azure Active Directory Domain Services

A managed domain service that allows organizations to easily deploy and manage domain controllers and use existing user accounts and groups. Admins can manage VMs with group policies thanks to support for Kerberos, Lightweight Directory Access Protocol, and NT LAN Manager. The service also offers full support for Azure AD as well as Windows Server Active Directory.

Azure Active Directory B2C

Azure Active Directory B2C is a customer-facing cloud management tool that can handle user authentication for a variety of web or mobile applications. This tool is infinitely scalable, which is beneficial for companies looking to focus on developing the highest quality app or tool as opposed to the infrastructure that supports it. This tool also supports a variety of open standards including OpenID Connect.

Azure Key Vault

With Azure Key Vault, users are able to manage and encrypt keys such as authentication keys. IT admins can control these keys and grant user access as needed as well as monitor usage. Companies can also import or create keys in hardware security modules.

Azure Multi-Factor Authentication

Azure Multi-Factor Authentication offers multi-factor verification for applications and cloud data. To be authenticated, a user is required to provide two different types of verification, which could include a password as well as an SMS message or biometrics. Cloud admins can keep track of fraudulent logins to ensure critical data is protected. This tool also offers full support for on-premises Active Directory.

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How secure are your cloud applications and data?

If you’re unsure of how secure your cloud-based data and applications really are, it may be time to talk with the cloud experts at MessageOps. We’ve helped a large number of organizations migrate to the cloud in such a way that their cloud security and compliance concerns are always addressed.

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