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Advanced Data Security available for SQL Server on Azure Virtual Machines

Published date: June 12, 2019

Advanced data security is now available for SQL Server on Azure Virtual Machines. Protect your SQL Server installations on Azure VMs with Microsoft’s advanced data security capabilities using just a few simple steps.

Advanced data security for SQL Server on Azure Virtual Machines currently includes functionality for surfacing and mitigating potential database vulnerabilities and detecting anomalous activities that could indicate a threat to your server. To get started today, read the advanced data security for SQL Server on VM setup instructions.

While in preview, advanced data security for SQL Server on Azure VM is free and includes: 

  1. Vulnerability assessment—A database scanning service that can discover, track, and help you remediate potential database vulnerabilities. Detected vulnerabilities across all connected SQL Servers will appear in one unified dashboard.
  2. Advanced threat protection—A detection service that continuously monitors your database for suspicious activities and provides action-oriented security alerts on anomalous database access patterns. All alerts will appear in your centralized go-to location for security management in the Azure portal,the Azure Security Center threats dashboard.

For full details regarding threat detectors in preview, read the blog post and documentation.

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  • SQL Server on Azure Virtual Machines
  • Security