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Microsoft Defender for Cloud

Protect multicloud and hybrid environments with integrated security from code to cloud.

Get comprehensive security across multicloud and hybrid environments

Microsoft Defender for Cloud is a unified cloud-native application protection platform that helps strengthen your security posture, enables protection against modern threats, and helps reduce risk throughout the cloud application lifecycle across multicloud and hybrid environments.

Unified visibility of your security posture across Azure, AWS, Google Cloud, and hybrid clouds

Real-time security access and prioritization of the most critical risks with context-aware cloud security

Integrated extended detection and response (XDR) solution across multicloud workloads to prevent, detect, and respond to attacks

Centralized insights across multipipeline and multicloud DevOps to improve application development security


Reduce risk with contextual security posture management

Get continuous security assessment of your cloud resources running in Azure, AWS, and Google Cloud. Explore customizable cloud security graph-based attack path queries to understand critical risk and get contextual threat data in code, data sensitivity, identity and more to help prioritize remediation. Use built-in policies and prioritized recommendations that are aligned with key industry and regulatory standards to achieve multicloud compliance. Fix issues with integrated insights from code to runtime.


Prevent, detect, and respond quickly to modern threats

Get agentless and agent-based vulnerability scanning for agility and comprehensive workload protection. Gain broad coverage to secure critical workloads across virtual machines (VMs), containers, databases, storage, app services and more. Focus on the most critical threats first with prioritized security alerts. Detect and respond to threats such as malware with automated workflows. Enable rapid response with Microsoft 365 Defender and an end-to-end XDR solution.


Unify security management for DevOps

Gain visibility of security posture across multiple continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD) pipelines. Get DevOps hardening recommendations and manage code security across Azure DevOps and GitHub and multicloud environments. Use GitHub Advanced Security and Azure DevOps to gain security mitigation insights from scanning across code, dependencies, and secrets. Prevent misconfigurations by the scanning of infrastructure as code templates and container images.

Comprehensive security and compliance, built in

  • Microsoft invests more than USD$1 billion annually on cybersecurity research and development.

  • We employ more than 3,500 security experts who are dedicated to data security and privacy.

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Trusted by companies of all sizes

Rabobank grows a safer global IT landscape with Microsoft Security

Rabobank grows a safer global IT landscape with Microsoft Security

"We wanted protection and visibility everywhere. That's why we use Defender for Cloud—it gives us single pane of glass visibility across our hybrid and multicloud environment."

Raoul van der Voort, Global Service Owner, Cyber Defense Center at Rabobank


Gjensidige puts security front and center

Gjensidige puts security front and center

"In the past, security issues were often caught at the end of the development process, where they took a lot more time to fix. Today, with automated security controls embedded into their workflows, developers get instant feedback and can fix things right away."

Rida Aatif, Head of the Cloud Platform and Infrastructure Team, Gjensidige

Land O'Lakes protects containers in multicloud environments

Land O'Lakes protects containers in multicloud environments

"Defender for Cloud is our first layer of defense. With the continuous monitoring we achieve with Defender for Cloud, we can identify a bad container and fix it before deploying it."

Cory Durand, Senior Enterprise Cloud Architect, Land O'Lakes, Inc.

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Documentation, training, and other resources

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Documentation and datasheets

Explore documentation and quickstart guides.

Read the Microsoft Defender for Cloud datasheet to start secure and stay secure in your multicloud and hybrid environments.

Read the Cloud Security Posture Management datasheet to reduce risks with contextual insights.

Read the Cloud Workload Protection datasheet to detect and respond to threats in real time.

Find scripts and other resources or contribute to help improve policies and configurations.

Frequently asked questions about Microsoft Defender for Cloud

  • Microsoft Defender for Cloud is a cloud security posture management (CSPM) and cloud workload protection solution that finds weak spots across your cloud configuration, helps strengthen the overall security posture of your environment, and helps protect workloads across multicloud and hybrid environments from evolving threats.

  • Yes. Microsoft Defender for Cloud is a multicloud security solution. It provides native cloud security posture management (CSPM) capabilities for Azure, AWS, and Google Cloud environments and supports threat protection across these platforms.

    You can also connect non-Azure workloads in hybrid scenarios by using Azure Arc.

    Read this documentation to learn more.

  • No. Basic cloud security posture management (CSPM) capabilities in Microsoft Defender for Cloud are free. Cloud Security Posture Management is available at extra cost, and cloud workload protection capabilities are charged on a per-resource basis. Read the complete pricing details for enhanced security capabilities to help protect your workloads.

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