Exploring Top Security Features in Microsoft Azure’s Cloud Platform

By Jordan Levush | Nov 12, 2021 | Blog

Can you confidently rate your Information Security framework on a scale of one to ten, with ten being so secure that you never sweat a ransomware attack? With cyber insurance premiums rapidly increasing and the chance of approvals not being promised, it’s important that your company has security solutions in place that reduce the risk of your data being compromised. In addition to strong security features, having a detailed list of your company’s security best practices helps the insurance claims and coverage process go much smoother—if it is ever needed. Read on to see how security features in Microsoft Azure’s cloud platform can help. Plus, our experts can help you put any of these solutions into practice.

Data backup is a huge part of cyber health—to prepare you for the insurance company’s inquiries, we’ve provided the top 5 questions you need to ask yourself about your current backup plan. If you can answer “yes” to these questions below, then you’re on the right track to a healthy cyber posture. If you can’t—don’t stress! Read on to see how security features in Microsoft Azure’s cloud platform can help. Plus, our experts can help you put any of these solutions into practice.

Do you backup all electronic data daily?

Azure Backup is built in to Microsoft Azure, meaning you don’t have to be responsible for manually following detailed steps to back up your data each day. All it takes is one click for the service to conduct a backup or restore data—from files and folders to VMs and more. View a detailed list of what can be backed up using Azure Backup, here.

Have you tested your ability to restore your backups in the past 6 months?

What’s deleted is not always gone for good with Azure Backup. In case of accidental deletion or an attack, Azure Backup allows users to access and restore deleted backups—which can be restored up to two weeks after original deletion from the Microsoft Azure cloud.

Are all your backup sets inaccessible directly from endpoints and servers?

Your backup sets need to be secured so they can’t be accessed directly from servers, desktops, laptops, or smartphones without other protection steps. Azure Backups and Immutability does just that. With these additional policies in place, important data cannot be altered, overwritten, or removed from your system at all.

Do you maintain at least 3 separate copies of your data in at least 2 different geographic locations?

Let’s imagine you had a set of valuables you wanted to protect from outside sources. Would you rather hide all of them in the same place so if someone were to find them, they would have access to all your valuables? Or would you rather spread them out in various locations—making it harder for an outsider to find and take from you? Now apply this scenario to your company’s data. With Azure Regions, users know where their data is safely stored, where in the region it can be accessed, and in the case of an attack, that their data can be carefully copied and reinstated.

Do you have a Disaster Recovery Plan, or a Business Continuity Plan, and do you test it at least annually?

Azure Site Recovery keeps tabs on your Disaster Recovery Plan with no interruptions or disturbances when it checks and updates your system. Azure Site Recovery is prepared for the unplanned—allowing your company to keep on chugging along, even when disaster strikes!

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