Security Center pricing

Strengthen security posture and protect hybrid cloud workloads with Azure Security Center.

Start your Azure Free Account and get a $200 credit for 30 days, plus get 12 months of free access to Security Center.

Azure Security Center is a built in tool that helps strengthen cloud security posture and, integrated with Azure Defender, provides threat protection for workloads running in Azure, on-premises and in other clouds. It enables continuous assessment of security posture, protects against cyberattacks using Microsoft’s vast threat intelligence and streamlines security management with integrated controls

Pricing details

Azure Security Center protects Azure, on prem and hybrid resources through its Free tier and its integration with Azure Defender.

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

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

Features Azure Security Center Free Tier Azure Defender
Continuous assessment and security recommendations Available Available
Azure secure score Available Available
Just in time VM Access ‐ ‐ Not available Available
Adaptive application controls and network hardening ‐ ‐ Not available Available
Regulatory Compliance Dashboard (Preview) ‐ ‐ Not available Available
Threat protection for Azure VMs and non-Azure servers (including Server EDR) ‐ ‐ Not available Available
Threat protection for PaaS services ‐ ‐ Not available Available
Microsoft Defender for Endpoint (servers) ‐ ‐ Not available Available

For threat pricing on threat protection capabilities Azure Defender provides, please visit: Azure Defender Pricing Page.

Support & SLA

  • Free billing and subscription management support.
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  • To learn more about the SLA, please visit the SLA page.


  • A transaction is an API call with a request payload size of up to 1,000 data points included in the time series. Each increment of 1,000 data points will be counted as an additional transaction. For example, an API call with request payload size == 2,050 is 3 transactions. The maximum request payload size is 8,640 data points. Each data point in time series is a time stamp/numerical value pair.


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