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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 and AWS. Use built-in policies and prioritized recommendations that are aligned to key industry and regulatory standards or build custom requirements that meet your organization's needs. Use actionable insights 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, in VMs, storage, containers, and across the platform itself. Use many options to automate and streamline your security administration from a single place.

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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 in 30 days. While you have your credit, get free amounts of popular services and 25+ other services.

After your credit, move to pay as you go to keep getting popular services and 25+ other services. Only pay if you use more than the free monthly amounts.

After 12 months, you'll continue getting 25+ services free always—and still only pay for what you use beyond the free monthly amounts.

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

Leading privileged access management cloud provider trusts integrated threat protection from Microsoft

"We chose [Microsoft Defender for Cloud] for all our cloud workloads. Every month it evolves, with new features that add value for us. And the strong connections with Microsoft Sentinel and Microsoft Defender for Endpoint help us run a lean, efficient team."

Terence Jackson, Chief Information Security and Privacy Officer, Thycotic

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

IT company automates security, adds value to offering for midsize customers

"With elastic cloud security tools like Microsoft Sentinel and [Microsoft Defender for Cloud], coupled with the threat telemetry and everything else that Microsoft delivers, we can help our customers keep ahead of increasingly agile hackers."

Ric Opal, Vice President of Marketing, SWC Technology Partners
SWC Technology Partners

Documentation, training, and other resources

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Set up your free Azure account.

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

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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 that supports clouds other than Azure and hybrid scenarios for on-premises workloads by using Azure Arc.

    It provides native CSPM capabilities for AWS environments and supports threat protection for workloads broadly across AWS and Google Cloud Platform.

  • No. The cloud security posture management capabilities in Microsoft Defender for Cloud are free for your Azure subscription. Read complete pricing details for enhanced security capabilities to help protect your workloads.

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