Azure Defender

Built-in protection for your hybrid cloud workloads

Protect your hybrid cloud workloads against threats

Use Azure Defender, integrated with Azure Security Center, for Azure and hybrid cloud workload protection and security. With extended detection and response (XDR) capabilities, stand up against threats like remote desktop protocol (RDP) brute-force attacks, and SQL injections. Streamline security with AI and automation.

Protect hybrid data that’s hosted in Azure, on premises, or in other clouds and detect unusual attempts to access Azure Storage

Scan container images for vulnerabilities in Azure Container Registry. Protect Azure Kubernetes Service instances

Safeguard Windows servers and clients and protect Linux servers. Assess application vulnerabilities in virtual machines

Monitor the security state of your hybrid cloud workloads via one console. Use Azure Arc to extend coverage to workloads outside Azure

Ensure your Azure resources are protected

Protect your data in Azure VMs, on premises, and in other clouds. Detect unusual attempts to access storage accounts and malware uploads to Azure Storage. Scan container images in Azure Container Registry for vulnerabilities. Protect Azure Kubernetes Service instances. Safeguard Windows servers and clients with Microsoft Defender for Endpoint (servers) and protect Linux servers with behavioral analytics. Assess application vulnerabilities in virtual machines with built-in vulnerability assessment.

Hybrid cloud workload protection

Manage security across all your server workloads running on premises, in Azure, and on other cloud platforms, in one console. Use Azure Arc to extend coverage to workloads outside Azure, and Azure Security Center to gain instant insights about security issues affecting your hybrid workloads. Protect your entire SQL estate with Azure Defender: hosted in Azure VMs, on premises or in other clouds. Protect your Azure IoT solution with real-time monitoring and analysis of security events.

Streamline security with AI and automation

Free your team to focus on what matters most. Detect threats across IaaS (infrastructure as a service) and PaaS (platform as a service) using advanced analytics. Use built-in behavioral analytics and machine learning to identify attacks and zero-day exploits. Monitor networks, machines, and cloud services for known attack patterns and post-breach activity. Connect to existing tools and processes like Azure Sentinel and other SIEM (security information and event management) or integrate partner security solutions.

Why Azure for security?

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

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

  • Azure has more compliance certifications than any other cloud provider. View the comprehensive list.

Try Azure Defender for free

Try Azure Defender free for 30 days. Then pay as you go for the workload protection you choose.

Documentation, training, and resources

Get started

Go to Azure Defender to turn on protection for your hybrid cloud workloads.

Frequently asked questions about Azure Defender

  • Azure Defender is a built-in tool that provides threat protection for workloads running in Azure, on premises, and in other clouds. Integrated with Azure Security Center, Azure Defender protects your hybrid data, cloud-native services, and servers and integrates with your existing security workflows, such as SIEM solutions and vast Microsoft threat intelligence, to streamline threat mitigation.
  • Access Azure Defender through the Azure Security Center dashboard.
  • No. Azure Security Center continues to provide cloud security posture management (Secure Score) as well as threat protection via the integration of Azure Defender.
  • Microsoft Defender is the leading Microsoft extended detection and response (XDR) solution for threat protection, composed of two products: Microsoft 365 Defender and Azure Defender. Azure Defender provides XDR for Azure and hybrid environments. Microsoft 365 Defender helps stop attacks across Microsoft 365 services and auto-heals affected assets.

Turn on Azure Defender to start protecting your hybrid cloud resources