Security Center pricing

Azure Security Center provides unified security management and advanced threat protection for hybrid cloud workloads

Azure Security Center protects all Azure and certain on prem resources through its Free and Standard tiers.

When you upgrade to the Standard tier of Azure Security Center, we automatically enroll and start protecting all your resources unless you explicitly decide to opt-out. For any resource that is protected by Security Center, you will be charged per the pricing model below.

Currently, you can enable Azure Security Center at subscription level, through the Azure portal.

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

Features Free Tier Standard Tier
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 and reports ‐ ‐ 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 ATP for Servers ‐ ‐ Not available Available


Resource Type Free Tier Standard Tier
Virtual Machine Free $-
Included data - 500 MB/day
App Services Free $-
SQL Database Not Available $-
MySQL (Preview) Not Available Free1
PostgreSQL (Preview) Not Available Free1
Storage - Protect all storage accounts within a subscription3 Not Available $-/10K transactions
Storage - Protect selective storage accounts within a subscription3 Not Available $-/10K transactions2
IoT Devices - By device Not Available $-/month
IoT Devices - By messages Not Available $-/25K transactions
Azure Kubernetes Services Not Available $-/vCore/hour4
Azure Container Registry Not Available $-/image4
Key Vault (Preview) Not Available $-/10K transactions5

1 Pricing displayed is preview price. Price will change at GA. For details on ASC features by resource, please refer to the resource specific documentation

2 Security charges for selective storage accounts will start on January 1, 2020

3 Azure Security Center currently protects Azure Blobs

4 Azure Container Registry and Azure Kubernetes Services are generally available and will be charged at the preview price as stated above until July 1, 2020. After this date, prices will be charged at the GA rate

5 Key Vault (Preview) is offered at 50% discount during preview

Additional data charges for virtual machines only

Overage Meter Price
Additional data uploaded over included daily data See Azure Monitor pricing page for data ingestion pricing
Additional retention beyond one month See Azure Monitor pricing page for data retention pricing

Support & SLA

  • Free billing and subscription management support.
  • Need tech support for preview services? Use our forums.
  • 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 of 2,050 data points is 3 transactions. The maximum request payload size is 8,640 data points. Each data point in the time series is a time stamp/numerical value pair.


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