A Cloud Security checklist for your Startup

Startup organizations often face a challenge in implementing the right products for enabling security for their hybrid and multi-cloud environments. The most common reason is the complexity of security solutions, which is compounded by the lack of a specialized security team.

In navigating a hybrid work environment, it’s crucial for all organizations alike, and especially startups, to plan their security posture at every step of the way. It can, however, be challenging to hone in on the right products for securing your organization.

Microsoft Defender for Cloud ensures that security for your cloud assets is simplified, letting you focus on simple solutions that add value to your business.

Here’s a checklist of Microsoft Defender for Cloud features to secure your startup:

  1. Microsoft Defender for Endpoint


For robust endpoint detection and response (EDR), Microsoft Defender for Endpoint is incorporated in the servers to help with real time detection of attacks in a range of devices like Windows, Linux, macOS, Android, etc. Powered by best-in-class intelligent threat management algorithms, you can automate the remediation of identified threats at scale.


2. Vulnerability Assessment

Microsoft Defender for Cloud provides vulnerability assessment for resources like virtual machines, SQL resources and container registries. You can configure auto provisioning to onboard the resources to Microsoft Defender for Cloud. The findings will be consolidated in Defender for cloud and can be investigated directly from the service console.

3. Multi-cloud and hybrid cloud security

Startups with resources deployed in AWS and Google cloud can connect those environments to Microsoft Defender for Cloud and monitor the security posture from a single pane. Non-Azure windows and Linux machines can be boarded by installing log analytics agents that communicate with Microsoft Defender for Cloud. Another option is to connect them to Azure Arc, Microsoft’s hybrid, and multi-cloud management solution, that provides machine policy management in addition to security hardening provided by Microsoft Defender for Cloud.

4. Threat protection alerts

Microsoft Defender for Cloud provides next-generation protection against ever evolving threat vectors and sophisticated malwares. The behavioral analytics and machine learning based approach helps in early detection and mitigation of attacks. It helps identify zero-day exploits for machines, networks, SQL servers, Azure storage, etc. Microsoft Defender for Cloud’s contextual threat intelligence alerts assist you in tracking the attack vector, conducting deeper investigations, and implementing faster remedies.

5. Azure resource threat detection

Microsoft Defender for Cloud provides native threat detection and protection for your Microsoft Azure cloud resources. The resources like Azure networks, Key Vault, Azure DNS, Azure Resource Manager are automatically onboarded and protected by the service against possible threats.

In today’s landscape, it is important for startups to understand the need to adopt a strong cyber security framework to protect their cloud data and assets from the constantly evolving cyber threats.

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