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Microsoft Defender for Cloud

Updated: Dec 27, 2023

Defender for Cloud is a tool C and threat protection. It strengthens the security posture of your cloud resources, and with its integrated Microsoft Defender plans, Defender for Cloud protects workloads running in Azure, hybrid, and other cloud platforms

Defender for Cloud provides the tools needed to harden your resources, track your security posture, protect against cyber-attacks, and streamline security management.

Defender for Cloud fills three vital needs as you manage the security of your resources and workloads in the cloud and on-premises :


Microsoft defender for cloud


Microsoft Defender for Cloud Modes

Defender for Cloud is offered in two modes -

  • Without enhanced security features (Free)

  • Defender for Cloud with all enhanced security features

o Microsoft Defender for Endpoint

o Vulnerability assessment for virtual machines, container registries, and SQL resources

o Multi-cloud security

o Hybrid security

o Threat protection alerts

o Track compliance with a range of standards

o Access and application controls

o Container security features

o Breadth threat protection for resources connected to Azure


Combinations of environments

Microsoft Defender for Cloud supports virtual machines and servers on different types of hybrid environments:

  • Only Azure

  • Azure and on-premises

  • Azure and other clouds

  • Azure, other clouds, and on-premises

Posture management and workload protection

Microsoft Defender for Cloud's features cover the two broad pillars of cloud security: cloud security posture management and cloud workload protection.


Cloud security posture management (CSPM)

In Defender for Cloud, the posture management features provide:

  • Visibility - to help you understand your current security situation

  • Hardening guidance - to help you efficiently and effectively improve your security

When you open Defender for Cloud for the first time, it will meet the visibility and strengthening goals as follows:

  1. Generate a secure score for your subscriptions based on an assessment of your connected resources compared with the guidance in Azure Security Benchmark. Use the score to understand your security posture, and the compliance dashboard to review your compliance with the built-in benchmark.

  2. Provide hardening recommendations based on any identified security misconfigurations and weaknesses. Use these security recommendations to strengthen the security posture of your organization's Azure, hybrid, and multi-cloud resources.

Cloud workload protection (CWP)

Defender for Cloud offers security alerts that are powered by Microsoft Threat Intelligence. It also includes a range of advanced, intelligent, protections for your workloads. The workload protections are provided through Microsoft Defender plans specific to the types of resources in your subscriptions.


Hybrid Monitoring with Microsoft Defender


Microsoft Defender for Cloud Cost

When you enable Microsoft Defender for Cloud, we automatically enroll and start protecting all your resources unless you explicitly decide to opt-out. For any resource that is protected by Defender for Cloud, you will be charged per the pricing model below.

Microsoft Defender for Cloud is free for the first 30 days. Any usage beyond 30 days will be automatically charged as per the pricing scheme below.

Microsoft Defender for Cloud Cost

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