Enterprise data is growing exponentially and becoming more complex, making it harder to manage, and an even bigger challenge to store. That’s why more organizations are looking to public cloud storage options, such as Azure Storage, as a way to get the scalability, durability, maintenance and accessibility they need to keep them competitive–benefits often difficult to get from on-prem data centers. While the benefits are significant, securing your Azure storage accounts require additional focus and responsibility.
The growing popularity is expected to send the cloud storage market soaring to over $112 billion by 2022, from a 2015 total of $18.9 billion, according to Stratistics MRC.
What is Azure Storage?
Azure Storage is part of Microsoft’s cloud solution for many modern data storage scenarios. It offers a massively scalable object store for data objects, a file system service for the cloud, a messaging store for reliable messaging, and a NoSQL store.
Storage in Azure can be broadly classified into two categories based on the type of data that you are going to store, either relational or non-relational data storage.
Among its many beneficial features, Azure Storage can support both legacy application development using Azure SQL and modern application development using Azure No-SQL.
Azure Storage includes the following data services which are accessed through a storage account:
What are the risks to misconfigured Azure Storage accounts?
Securing the cloud requires new approach
Public cloud computing requires a new approach to security. In the Azure environment, Microsoft provides a secure foundation across physical, infrastructure, and operational security, while you maintain responsibility for protecting the security of your application workloads, data, identities, on-premises resources, and all the cloud components that you control. This is referred to as the “Shared Responsibility Model.”
To ensure the security of your cloud computing resources, it’s important you fulfill your end of the shared responsibility model by using and configuring services, such as Azure Storage accounts, correctly.
The good news: You can protect your cloud attack surface by applying best practices for securing your cloud services and by using a security solution that offers the most comprehensive security visibility coverage for Azure.
How Halo Cloud Secure can help
Halo Cloud Secure can help you ensure that:
Learn more about how Halo Cloud Secure can give you security visibility into your inventory of Azure Storage accounts and help you reduce your overall cloud attack surface.