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Microsoft Defender for Cloud

Protect your multicloud and hybrid environments

Protect your multicloud and hybrid cloud environments

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

Assess and strengthen the security configuration of your cloud resources

Manage compliance against critical industry and regulatory standards

Enable threat protection for workloads running in Azure, AWS, Google Cloud Platform, and on premises

Detect vulnerabilities to protect your multicloud and hybrid workloads against malicious attacks

Strengthen the security posture of your cloud resources

Get a continuous assessment of the security of your cloud resources running in Azure, AWS and Google Cloud. Use built-in policies and prioritised recommendations that are aligned to key industry and regulatory standards, or build customised requirements that meet your organisation's needs. Gather actionable insights by discovering your complete digital footprint and external attack surface signals, and use them to automate recommendations and help ensure that resources are configured securely and meet your compliance needs.

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Protect cloud and hybrid workloads against threats

Microsoft Defender for Cloud enables you to protect against evolving threats across multicloud and hybrid environments. You will be able to understand vulnerabilities with insights from industry-leading security research and secure your critical workloads across VMs, containers, databases, storage, app services, and more. Use many options to automate and streamline your security administration from a single place.

Threat protection for your critical workloads in multicloud and hybrid environments

Try the enhanced security features in Microsoft Defender for Cloud free for 30 days. After that, pay as you go for the type of workload protection you choose.

Get started with an Azure free account

Start free. Get $200 credit to use within 30 days. While you have your credit, get free amounts of many of our most popular services, plus free amounts of 40+ other services that are always free.

After your credit, move to pay as you go to keep building with the same free services. Pay only if you use more than your free monthly amounts.

After 12 months, you'll keep getting 40+ always-free services—and still pay only for what you use beyond your free monthly amounts.

See how companies are protecting their cloud resources with Defender for Cloud

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 Defence Centre at Rabobank

Protecting against threats with Microsoft Defender for Cloud

"[Microsoft Defender for Cloud] gives us the single pane of glass that enables us to improve our cloud security posture. We can now view recommendations on how to secure our services, receive threat alerts for our workloads, and quickly pass all that information to Microsoft Sentinel for intelligent threat hunting."

Stuart Gregg, Cyber Security Operations Lead, ASOS

European power company boosts security with Azure

"Within [Microsoft Defender for Cloud], we can see, on a per-subscription basis, which resources aren't following best-practice configurations, and we support the internal customers for their own subscriptions by helping to remedy security vulnerabilities."

Astrit Dibrani, Regional Lead, South Orange Networks

Documentation, training, and other resources

Get started

Set up your free Azure account.

Go to Microsoft Defender for Cloud to evaluate your cloud security posture.

Understand the Total Economic Impact™ of Microsoft Defender for Cloud (formerly Azure Security Centre and Azure Defender).

Understand how unified security control can help to reduce cloud security risk.

Learn more about Microsoft External Attack Surface Management.

Join our community and access hundreds of resources

Follow the Microsoft Defender for Cloud Tech Community.

Subscribe to our blog for the latest updates.

Watch and follow our Defender for Cloud in the field video series to learn about the latest updates and see in-product demos.

Explore our product features with this interactive guide.


Explore our documentation and quickstart guides.

Find scripts and other resources, or contribute and help improve our 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 can protect workloads across multicloud and hybrid environments from evolving threats.
  • Yes, Microsoft Defender for Cloud is a multicloud security solution. It provides native CSPM capabilities for Azure, AWS, and Google Cloud environments and supports threat protection across these.

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

    For more information read this article.

  • No. The CSPM capabilities in Microsoft Defender for Cloud are free. Workload protection capabilities are charged on a per resource basis. Read complete pricing details for enhanced security capabilities to help protect your workloads.

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