Azure Security Center gains new generally available capabilities

Jonny Caldwell

New capabilities have been released for the Microsoft Azure Security Center, a service for monitoring and protecting the server against incidents. The additions include Advanced Threat Protection for Azure storage, a new regulatory compliance dashboard, support for Virtual Machine Scale Sets with disk encryption, and the availability of the dedicated Hardware Security Module service in the U.K., Canada, and Australia. Here’s the full list:

  • Advanced Threat Protection for AzureStorage—Layer of protection that helps customers detect and respond to potential threats on their storage account as they occur—without having to be an expert in security.
  • Regulatory compliance dashboard—Helps Security Center customers streamline their compliance process by providing insight into their compliance posture for a set of supported standards and regulations.
  • Support for Virtual Machine Scale Sets (VMSS)—Easily monitor the security posture of your VMSS with security recommendations.
  • Dedicated Hardware Security Module (HSM) service, now available in U.K., Canada, and Australia—Provides cryptographic key storage in Azure and meets the most stringent customer security and compliance requirements.
  • Azure disk encryption support for VMSS—Now Azure disk encryption can be enabled for Windows and Linux VMSS in Azure public regions—enabling customers to help protect and safeguard the VMSS data at rest using industry standard encryption technology.

All the new features, which were initially announced at Hannover Messe 2019, should now be fully available to all users of the Azure Security Center. Those wishing to learn more about the new features can check out to be Azure blog for a descriptive breakdown on all that’s new.