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A Guided Tour of Azure Security Center and Governance Services

Security and governance are the cornerstones of foundational cloud implementation. Microsoft provides powerful services to support deploying, integrating, operating, governing and securing cloud environments to meet any organization’s unique requirements. Whether your organization uses Azure Platform as a Service (PaaS) or Azure Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Azure Security Center is a centralized and unified security management service for your cloud environment.

The Azure Security Center is responsible for continuously scanning your Azure resources. Security Center provides recommendations so administrators and developers can act immediately and proactively to protect their environment. Its functionality can also extend to hybrid environments by installing agents on your on-premises virtual machines or resources on other clouds.

Security Center is natively embedded in all Azure services and integrates with Azure Advisor to provide a unified experience for securing your entire Azure environment.

Azure Advisor

Azure Advisor scans the cloud environment and provides personalized recommendations including resource optimizations and security-based recommendations. It’s worth noting that those security-based recommendations are provided by Security Center itself, hence you can review your recommendations directly in Security Center or you can act and review them in Azure advisor.

Azure Defender Panel

The Azure Defender panel is part of the paid version of Azure Security Center and provides additional alerts, threat detection, vulnerability assessments, just-in-time (JIT) access and more. The pricing is flexible, allowing you to select the proper resources and only pay for those you want to protect.

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