Azure Policy built-in definitions for Microsoft Defender for Cloud

This page is an index of Azure Policy built-in policy definitions related to Microsoft Defender for Cloud. The following groupings of policy definitions are available:

For more information about security policies, see Working with security policies. For other Azure Policy built-ins for other services, see Azure Policy built-in definitions.

The name of each built-in policy definition links to the policy definition in the Azure portal. Use the link in the Version column to view the source on the Azure Policy GitHub repo.

Microsoft Defender for Cloud initiatives

To learn about the built-in initiatives that are monitored by Defender for Cloud, see the following table:

Name Description Policies Version
[Preview]: Deploy Microsoft Defender for Endpoint agent Deploy Microsoft Defender for Endpoint agent on applicable images. 4 1.0.0-preview
Configure Advanced Threat Protection to be enabled on open-source relational databases Enable Advanced Threat Protection on your non-Basic tier open-source relational databases to detect anomalous activities indicating unusual and potentially harmful attempts to access or exploit databases. See https://aka.ms/AzDforOpenSourceDBsDocu. 4 1.1.0
Configure Azure Defender to be enabled on SQL Servers and SQL Managed Instances Enable Azure Defender on your SQL Servers and SQL Managed Instances to detect anomalous activities indicating unusual and potentially harmful attempts to access or exploit databases. 3 3.0.0
Configure Microsoft Defender for Cloud plans Microsoft Defender for Cloud provides comprehensive, cloud-native protections from development to runtime in multi-cloud environments. Use the policy initiative to configure Defender for Cloud plans and extensions to be enabled on selected scope(s). 11 1.0.0
Configure Microsoft Defender for Databases to be enabled Configure Microsoft Defender for Databases to protect your Azure SQL Databases, Managed Instances, Open-source relational databases and Cosmos DB. 4 1.0.0
Configure multiple Microsoft Defender for Endpoint integration settings with Microsoft Defender for Cloud Configure the multiple Microsoft Defender for Endpoint integration settings with Microsoft Defender for Cloud (WDATP, WDATP_EXCLUDE_LINUX_PUBLIC_PREVIEW, WDATP_UNIFIED_SOLUTION etc.). See: https://learn.microsoft.com/azure/defender-for-cloud/integration-defender-for-endpoint for more information. 3 1.0.0
Configure SQL VMs and Arc-enabled SQL Servers to install Microsoft Defender for SQL and AMA with a LA workspace Microsoft Defender for SQL collects events from the agents and uses them to provide security alerts and tailored hardening tasks (recommendations). Creates a resource group and a Data Collection Rule and Log Analytics workspace in the same region as the machine. 9 1.2.1
Configure SQL VMs and Arc-enabled SQL Servers to install Microsoft Defender for SQL and AMA with a user-defined LA workspace Microsoft Defender for SQL collects events from the agents and uses them to provide security alerts and tailored hardening tasks (recommendations). Creates a resource group and a Data Collection Rule in the same region as the user-defined Log Analytics workspace. 8 1.1.1
Microsoft cloud security benchmark The Microsoft cloud security benchmark initiative represents the policies and controls implementing security recommendations defined in Microsoft cloud security benchmark, see https://aka.ms/azsecbm. This also serves as the Microsoft Defender for Cloud default policy initiative. You can directly assign this initiative, or manage its policies and compliance results within Microsoft Defender for Cloud. 244 57.32.0

Defender for Cloud's default initiative (Microsoft cloud security benchmark)

To learn about the built-in policies that are monitored by Defender for Cloud, see the following table:

Policy name
(Azure portal)
Description Effect(s) Version
(GitHub)
[Preview]: All Internet traffic should be routed via your deployed Azure Firewall Azure Security Center has identified that some of your subnets aren't protected with a next generation firewall. Protect your subnets from potential threats by restricting access to them with Azure Firewall or a supported next generation firewall AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 3.0.0-preview
[Preview]: Azure Arc enabled Kubernetes clusters should have Microsoft Defender for Cloud extension installed Microsoft Defender for Cloud extension for Azure Arc provides threat protection for your Arc enabled Kubernetes clusters. The extension collects data from all nodes in the cluster and sends it to the Azure Defender for Kubernetes backend in the cloud for further analysis. Learn more in https://docs.microsoft.com/azure/defender-for-cloud/defender-for-containers-enable?pivots=defender-for-container-arc. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 6.0.0-preview
[Preview]: Azure Stack HCI servers should have consistently enforced application control policies At a minimum, apply the Microsoft WDAC base policy in enforced mode on all Azure Stack HCI servers. Applied Windows Defender Application Control (WDAC) policies must be consistent across servers in the same cluster. Audit, Disabled 1.0.0-preview
[Preview]: Azure Stack HCI servers should meet Secured-core requirements Ensure that all Azure Stack HCI servers meet the Secured-core requirements. To enable the Secured-core server requirements: 1. From the Azure Stack HCI clusters page, go to Windows Admin Center and select Connect. 2. Go to the Security extension and select Secured-core. 3. Select any setting that is not enabled and click Enable. Audit, Disabled 1.0.0-preview
[Preview]: Azure Stack HCI systems should have encrypted volumes Use BitLocker to encrypt the OS and data volumes on Azure Stack HCI systems. Audit, Disabled 1.0.0-preview
[Preview]: Guest Attestation extension should be installed on supported Linux virtual machines Install Guest Attestation extension on supported Linux virtual machines to allow Azure Security Center to proactively attest and monitor the boot integrity. Once installed, boot integrity will be attested via Remote Attestation. This assessment applies to Trusted Launch and Confidential Linux virtual machines. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 6.0.0-preview
[Preview]: Guest Attestation extension should be installed on supported Linux virtual machines scale sets Install Guest Attestation extension on supported Linux virtual machines scale sets to allow Azure Security Center to proactively attest and monitor the boot integrity. Once installed, boot integrity will be attested via Remote Attestation. This assessment applies to Trusted Launch and Confidential Linux virtual machine scale sets. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 5.1.0-preview
[Preview]: Guest Attestation extension should be installed on supported Windows virtual machines Install Guest Attestation extension on supported virtual machines to allow Azure Security Center to proactively attest and monitor the boot integrity. Once installed, boot integrity will be attested via Remote Attestation. This assessment applies to Trusted Launch and Confidential Windows virtual machines. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 4.0.0-preview
[Preview]: Guest Attestation extension should be installed on supported Windows virtual machines scale sets Install Guest Attestation extension on supported virtual machines scale sets to allow Azure Security Center to proactively attest and monitor the boot integrity. Once installed, boot integrity will be attested via Remote Attestation. This assessment applies to Trusted Launch and Confidential Windows virtual machine scale sets. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 3.1.0-preview
[Preview]: Host and VM networking should be protected on Azure Stack HCI systems Protect data on the Azure Stack HCI hosts network and on virtual machine network connections. Audit, Disabled 1.0.0-preview
[Preview]: Linux virtual machines should enable Azure Disk Encryption or EncryptionAtHost. By default, a virtual machine's OS and data disks are encrypted-at-rest using platform-managed keys; temp disks and data caches aren't encrypted, and data isn't encrypted when flowing between compute and storage resources. Use Azure Disk Encryption or EncryptionAtHost to encrypt all this data.Visit https://aka.ms/diskencryptioncomparison to compare encryption offerings. This policy requires two prerequisites to be deployed to the policy assignment scope. For details, visit https://aka.ms/gcpol. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 1.2.0-preview
[Preview]: Linux virtual machines should use only signed and trusted boot components All OS boot components (boot loader, kernel, kernel drivers) must be signed by trusted publishers. Defender for Cloud has identified untrusted OS boot components on one or more of your Linux machines. To protect your machines from potentially malicious components, add them to your allow list or remove the identified components. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 1.0.0-preview
[Preview]: Log Analytics extension should be installed on your Linux Azure Arc machines This policy audits Linux Azure Arc machines if the Log Analytics extension is not installed. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 1.0.1-preview
[Preview]: Log Analytics extension should be installed on your Windows Azure Arc machines This policy audits Windows Azure Arc machines if the Log Analytics extension is not installed. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 1.0.1-preview
[Preview]: Network traffic data collection agent should be installed on Linux virtual machines Security Center uses the Microsoft Dependency agent to collect network traffic data from your Azure virtual machines to enable advanced network protection features such as traffic visualization on the network map, network hardening recommendations and specific network threats. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 1.0.2-preview
[Preview]: Network traffic data collection agent should be installed on Windows virtual machines Security Center uses the Microsoft Dependency agent to collect network traffic data from your Azure virtual machines to enable advanced network protection features such as traffic visualization on the network map, network hardening recommendations and specific network threats. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 1.0.2-preview
[Preview]: Secure Boot should be enabled on supported Windows virtual machines Enable Secure Boot on supported Windows virtual machines to mitigate against malicious and unauthorized changes to the boot chain. Once enabled, only trusted bootloaders, kernel and kernel drivers will be allowed to run. This assessment applies to Trusted Launch and Confidential Windows virtual machines. Audit, Disabled 4.0.0-preview
[Preview]: Storage account public access should be disallowed Anonymous public read access to containers and blobs in Azure Storage is a convenient way to share data but might present security risks. To prevent data breaches caused by undesired anonymous access, Microsoft recommends preventing public access to a storage account unless your scenario requires it. audit, Audit, deny, Deny, disabled, Disabled 3.1.0-preview
[Preview]: System updates should be installed on your machines (powered by Update Center) Your machines are missing system, security, and critical updates. Software updates often include critical patches to security holes. Such holes are frequently exploited in malware attacks so it's vital to keep your software updated. To install all outstanding patches and secure your machines, follow the remediation steps. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 1.0.0-preview
[Preview]: vTPM should be enabled on supported virtual machines Enable virtual TPM device on supported virtual machines to facilitate Measured Boot and other OS security features that require a TPM. Once enabled, vTPM can be used to attest boot integrity. This assessment only applies to trusted launch enabled virtual machines. Audit, Disabled 2.0.0-preview
[Preview]: Windows virtual machines should enable Azure Disk Encryption or EncryptionAtHost. By default, a virtual machine's OS and data disks are encrypted-at-rest using platform-managed keys; temp disks and data caches aren't encrypted, and data isn't encrypted when flowing between compute and storage resources. Use Azure Disk Encryption or EncryptionAtHost to encrypt all this data.Visit https://aka.ms/diskencryptioncomparison to compare encryption offerings. This policy requires two prerequisites to be deployed to the policy assignment scope. For details, visit https://aka.ms/gcpol. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 1.1.0-preview
A maximum of 3 owners should be designated for your subscription It is recommended to designate up to 3 subscription owners in order to reduce the potential for breach by a compromised owner. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 3.0.0
A Microsoft Entra administrator should be provisioned for MySQL servers Audit provisioning of a Microsoft Entra administrator for your MySQL server to enable Microsoft Entra authentication. Microsoft Entra authentication enables simplified permission management and centralized identity management of database users and other Microsoft services AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 1.1.1
A Microsoft Entra administrator should be provisioned for PostgreSQL servers Audit provisioning of a Microsoft Entra administrator for your PostgreSQL server to enable Microsoft Entra authentication. Microsoft Entra authentication enables simplified permission management and centralized identity management of database users and other Microsoft services AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 1.0.1
A vulnerability assessment solution should be enabled on your virtual machines Audits virtual machines to detect whether they are running a supported vulnerability assessment solution. A core component of every cyber risk and security program is the identification and analysis of vulnerabilities. Azure Security Center's standard pricing tier includes vulnerability scanning for your virtual machines at no extra cost. Additionally, Security Center can automatically deploy this tool for you. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 3.0.0
Accounts with owner permissions on Azure resources should be MFA enabled Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) should be enabled for all subscription accounts with owner permissions to prevent a breach of accounts or resources. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 1.0.0
Accounts with read permissions on Azure resources should be MFA enabled Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) should be enabled for all subscription accounts with read privileges to prevent a breach of accounts or resources. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 1.0.0
Accounts with write permissions on Azure resources should be MFA enabled Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) should be enabled for all subscription accounts with write privileges to prevent a breach of accounts or resources. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 1.0.0
Adaptive application controls for defining safe applications should be enabled on your machines Enable application controls to define the list of known-safe applications running on your machines, and alert you when other applications run. This helps harden your machines against malware. To simplify the process of configuring and maintaining your rules, Security Center uses machine learning to analyze the applications running on each machine and suggest the list of known-safe applications. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 3.0.0
Adaptive network hardening recommendations should be applied on internet facing virtual machines Azure Security Center analyzes the traffic patterns of Internet facing virtual machines and provides Network Security Group rule recommendations that reduce the potential attack surface AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 3.0.0
All network ports should be restricted on network security groups associated to your virtual machine Azure Security Center has identified some of your network security groups' inbound rules to be too permissive. Inbound rules should not allow access from 'Any' or 'Internet' ranges. This can potentially enable attackers to target your resources. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 3.0.0
Allowlist rules in your adaptive application control policy should be updated Monitor for changes in behavior on groups of machines configured for auditing by Azure Security Center's adaptive application controls. Security Center uses machine learning to analyze the running processes on your machines and suggest a list of known-safe applications. These are presented as recommended apps to allow in adaptive application control policies. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 3.0.0
An Azure Active Directory administrator should be provisioned for SQL servers Audit provisioning of an Azure Active Directory administrator for your SQL server to enable Azure AD authentication. Azure AD authentication enables simplified permission management and centralized identity management of database users and other Microsoft services AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 1.0.0
API endpoints in Azure API Management should be authenticated API endpoints published within Azure API Management should enforce authentication to help minimize security risk. Authentication mechanisms are sometimes implemented incorrectly or are missing. This allows attackers to exploit implementation flaws and to access data. Learn More about the OWASP API Threat for Broken User Authentication here: https://learn.microsoft.com/azure/api-management/mitigate-owasp-api-threats#broken-user-authentication AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 1.0.1
API endpoints that are unused should be disabled and removed from the Azure API Management service As a security best practice, API endpoints that haven't received traffic for 30 days are considered unused and should be removed from the Azure API Management service. Keeping unused API endpoints may pose a security risk to your organization. These may be APIs that should have been deprecated from the Azure API Management service but may have been accidentally left active. Such APIs typically do not receive the most up to date security coverage. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 1.0.1
API Management APIs should use only encrypted protocols To ensure security of data in transit, APIs should be available only through encrypted protocols, like HTTPS or WSS. Avoid using unsecured protocols, such as HTTP or WS. Audit, Disabled, Deny 2.0.2
API Management calls to API backends should be authenticated Calls from API Management to backends should use some form of authentication, whether via certificates or credentials. Does not apply to Service Fabric backends. Audit, Disabled, Deny 1.0.1
API Management calls to API backends should not bypass certificate thumbprint or name validation To improve the API security, API Management should validate the backend server certificate for all API calls. Enable SSL certificate thumbprint and name validation. Audit, Disabled, Deny 1.0.2
API Management direct management endpoint should not be enabled The direct management REST API in Azure API Management bypasses Azure Resource Manager role-based access control, authorization, and throttling mechanisms, thus increasing the vulnerability of your service. Audit, Disabled, Deny 1.0.2
API Management minimum API version should be set to 2019-12-01 or higher To prevent service secrets from being shared with read-only users, the minimum API version should be set to 2019-12-01 or higher. Audit, Deny, Disabled 1.0.1
API Management secret named values should be stored in Azure Key Vault Named values are a collection of name and value pairs in each API Management service. Secret values can be stored either as encrypted text in API Management (custom secrets) or by referencing secrets in Azure Key Vault. To improve security of API Management and secrets, reference secret named values from Azure Key Vault. Azure Key Vault supports granular access management and secret rotation policies. Audit, Disabled, Deny 1.0.2
API Management services should use a virtual network Azure Virtual Network deployment provides enhanced security, isolation and allows you to place your API Management service in a non-internet routable network that you control access to. These networks can then be connected to your on-premises networks using various VPN technologies, which enables access to your backend services within the network and/or on-premises. The developer portal and API gateway, can be configured to be accessible either from the Internet or only within the virtual network. Audit, Deny, Disabled 1.0.2
API Management should disable public network access to the service configuration endpoints To improve the security of API Management services, restrict connectivity to service configuration endpoints, like direct access management API, Git configuration management endpoint, or self-hosted gateways configuration endpoint. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 1.0.1
API Management subscriptions should not be scoped to all APIs API Management subscriptions should be scoped to a product or an individual API instead of all APIs, which could result in an excessive data exposure. Audit, Disabled, Deny 1.1.0
App Configuration should use private link Azure Private Link lets you connect your virtual network to Azure services without a public IP address at the source or destination. The private link platform handles the connectivity between the consumer and services over the Azure backbone network. By mapping private endpoints to your app configuration instances instead of the entire service, you'll also be protected against data leakage risks. Learn more at: https://aka.ms/appconfig/private-endpoint. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 1.0.2
App Service apps should have Client Certificates (Incoming client certificates) enabled Client certificates allow for the app to request a certificate for incoming requests. Only clients that have a valid certificate will be able to reach the app. This policy applies to apps with Http version set to 1.1. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 1.0.0
App Service apps should have remote debugging turned off Remote debugging requires inbound ports to be opened on an App Service app. Remote debugging should be turned off. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 2.0.0
App Service apps should have resource logs enabled Audit enabling of resource logs on the app. This enables you to recreate activity trails for investigation purposes if a security incident occurs or your network is compromised. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 2.0.1
App Service apps should not have CORS configured to allow every resource to access your apps Cross-Origin Resource Sharing (CORS) should not allow all domains to access your app. Allow only required domains to interact with your app. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 2.0.0
App Service apps should only be accessible over HTTPS Use of HTTPS ensures server/service authentication and protects data in transit from network layer eavesdropping attacks. Audit, Disabled, Deny 4.0.0
App Service apps should require FTPS only Enable FTPS enforcement for enhanced security. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 3.0.0
App Service apps should use managed identity Use a managed identity for enhanced authentication security AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 3.0.0
App Service apps should use the latest TLS version Periodically, newer versions are released for TLS either due to security flaws, include additional functionality, and enhance speed. Upgrade to the latest TLS version for App Service apps to take advantage of security fixes, if any, and/or new functionalities of the latest version. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 2.0.1
Audit usage of custom RBAC roles Audit built-in roles such as 'Owner, Contributer, Reader' instead of custom RBAC roles, which are error prone. Using custom roles is treated as an exception and requires a rigorous review and threat modeling Audit, Disabled 1.0.1
Auditing on SQL server should be enabled Auditing on your SQL Server should be enabled to track database activities across all databases on the server and save them in an audit log. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 2.0.0
Authentication to Linux machines should require SSH keys Although SSH itself provides an encrypted connection, using passwords with SSH still leaves the VM vulnerable to brute-force attacks. The most secure option for authenticating to an Azure Linux virtual machine over SSH is with a public-private key pair, also known as SSH keys. Learn more: https://docs.microsoft.com/azure/virtual-machines/linux/create-ssh-keys-detailed. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 3.2.0
Authorized IP ranges should be defined on Kubernetes Services Restrict access to the Kubernetes Service Management API by granting API access only to IP addresses in specific ranges. It is recommended to limit access to authorized IP ranges to ensure that only applications from allowed networks can access the cluster. Audit, Disabled 2.0.1
Auto provisioning of the Log Analytics agent should be enabled on your subscription To monitor for security vulnerabilities and threats, Azure Security Center collects data from your Azure virtual machines. Data is collected by the Log Analytics agent, formerly known as the Microsoft Monitoring Agent (MMA), which reads various security-related configurations and event logs from the machine and copies the data to your Log Analytics workspace for analysis. We recommend enabling auto provisioning to automatically deploy the agent to all supported Azure VMs and any new ones that are created. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 1.0.1
Automation account variables should be encrypted It is important to enable encryption of Automation account variable assets when storing sensitive data Audit, Deny, Disabled 1.1.0
Azure AI Services resources should have key access disabled (disable local authentication) Key access (local authentication) is recommended to be disabled for security. Azure OpenAI Studio, typically used in development/testing, requires key access and will not function if key access is disabled. After disabling, Microsoft Entra ID becomes the only access method, which allows maintaining minimum privilege principle and granular control. Learn more at: https://aka.ms/AI/auth Audit, Deny, Disabled 1.1.0
Azure AI Services resources should restrict network access By restricting network access, you can ensure that only allowed networks can access the service. This can be achieved by configuring network rules so that only applications from allowed networks can access the Azure AI service. Audit, Deny, Disabled 3.1.0
Azure API Management platform version should be stv2 Azure API Management stv1 compute platform version will be retired effective 31 August 2024, and these instances should be migrated to stv2 compute platform for continued support. Learn more at https://learn.microsoft.com/azure/api-management/breaking-changes/stv1-platform-retirement-august-2024 Audit, Deny, Disabled 1.0.0
Azure Arc enabled Kubernetes clusters should have the Azure Policy extension installed The Azure Policy extension for Azure Arc provides at-scale enforcements and safeguards on your Arc enabled Kubernetes clusters in a centralized, consistent manner. Learn more at https://aka.ms/akspolicydoc. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 1.1.0
Azure Backup should be enabled for Virtual Machines Ensure protection of your Azure Virtual Machines by enabling Azure Backup. Azure Backup is a secure and cost effective data protection solution for Azure. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 3.0.0
Azure Cache for Redis should use private link Private endpoints lets you connect your virtual network to Azure services without a public IP address at the source or destination. By mapping private endpoints to your Azure Cache for Redis instances, data leakage risks are reduced. Learn more at: https://docs.microsoft.com/azure/azure-cache-for-redis/cache-private-link. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 1.0.0
Azure Cosmos DB accounts should have firewall rules Firewall rules should be defined on your Azure Cosmos DB accounts to prevent traffic from unauthorized sources. Accounts that have at least one IP rule defined with the virtual network filter enabled are deemed compliant. Accounts disabling public access are also deemed compliant. Audit, Deny, Disabled 2.0.0
Azure Cosmos DB accounts should use customer-managed keys to encrypt data at rest Use customer-managed keys to manage the encryption at rest of your Azure Cosmos DB. By default, the data is encrypted at rest with service-managed keys, but customer-managed keys are commonly required to meet regulatory compliance standards. Customer-managed keys enable the data to be encrypted with an Azure Key Vault key created and owned by you. You have full control and responsibility for the key lifecycle, including rotation and management. Learn more at https://aka.ms/cosmosdb-cmk. audit, Audit, deny, Deny, disabled, Disabled 1.1.0
Azure Cosmos DB should disable public network access Disabling public network access improves security by ensuring that your CosmosDB account isn't exposed on the public internet. Creating private endpoints can limit exposure of your CosmosDB account. Learn more at: https://docs.microsoft.com/azure/cosmos-db/how-to-configure-private-endpoints#blocking-public-network-access-during-account-creation. Audit, Deny, Disabled 1.0.0
Azure Databricks Clusters should disable public IP Disabling public IP of clusters in Azure Databricks Workspaces improves security by ensuring that the clusters aren't exposed on the public internet. Learn more at: https://learn.microsoft.com/azure/databricks/security/secure-cluster-connectivity. Audit, Deny, Disabled 1.0.1
Azure Databricks Workspaces should be in a virtual network Azure Virtual Networks provide enhanced security and isolation for your Azure Databricks Workspaces, as well as subnets, access control policies, and other features to further restrict access. Learn more at: https://docs.microsoft.com/azure/databricks/administration-guide/cloud-configurations/azure/vnet-inject. Audit, Deny, Disabled 1.0.2
Azure Databricks Workspaces should disable public network access Disabling public network access improves security by ensuring that the resource isn't exposed on the public internet. You can control exposure of your resources by creating private endpoints instead. Learn more at: https://learn.microsoft.com/azure/databricks/administration-guide/cloud-configurations/azure/private-link. Audit, Deny, Disabled 1.0.1
Azure Databricks Workspaces should use private link Azure Private Link lets you connect your virtual networks to Azure services without a public IP address at the source or destination. The Private Link platform handles the connectivity between the consumer and services over the Azure backbone network. By mapping private endpoints to Azure Databricks workspaces, you can reduce data leakage risks. Learn more about private links at: https://aka.ms/adbpe. Audit, Disabled 1.0.2
Azure DDoS Protection should be enabled DDoS protection should be enabled for all virtual networks with a subnet that is part of an application gateway with a public IP. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 3.0.1
Azure Defender for App Service should be enabled Azure Defender for App Service leverages the scale of the cloud, and the visibility that Azure has as a cloud provider, to monitor for common web app attacks. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 1.0.3
Azure Defender for Azure SQL Database servers should be enabled Azure Defender for SQL provides functionality for surfacing and mitigating potential database vulnerabilities, detecting anomalous activities that could indicate threats to SQL databases, and discovering and classifying sensitive data. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 1.0.2
Azure Defender for Key Vault should be enabled Azure Defender for Key Vault provides an additional layer of protection and security intelligence by detecting unusual and potentially harmful attempts to access or exploit key vault accounts. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 1.0.3
Azure Defender for open-source relational databases should be enabled Azure Defender for open-source relational databases detects anomalous activities indicating unusual and potentially harmful attempts to access or exploit databases. Learn more about the capabilities of Azure Defender for open-source relational databases at https://aka.ms/AzDforOpenSourceDBsDocu. Important: Enabling this plan will result in charges for protecting your open-source relational databases. Learn about the pricing on Security Center's pricing page: https://aka.ms/pricing-security-center AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 1.0.0
Azure Defender for Resource Manager should be enabled Azure Defender for Resource Manager automatically monitors the resource management operations in your organization. Azure Defender detects threats and alerts you about suspicious activity. Learn more about the capabilities of Azure Defender for Resource Manager at https://aka.ms/defender-for-resource-manager . Enabling this Azure Defender plan results in charges. Learn about the pricing details per region on Security Center's pricing page: https://aka.ms/pricing-security-center . AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 1.0.0
Azure Defender for servers should be enabled Azure Defender for servers provides real-time threat protection for server workloads and generates hardening recommendations as well as alerts about suspicious activities. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 1.0.3
Azure Defender for SQL servers on machines should be enabled Azure Defender for SQL provides functionality for surfacing and mitigating potential database vulnerabilities, detecting anomalous activities that could indicate threats to SQL databases, and discovering and classifying sensitive data. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 1.0.2
Azure Defender for SQL should be enabled for unprotected Azure SQL servers Audit SQL servers without Advanced Data Security AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 2.0.1
Azure Defender for SQL should be enabled for unprotected PostgreSQL flexible servers Audit PostgreSQL flexible servers without Advanced Data Security AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 1.0.0
Azure Defender for SQL should be enabled for unprotected SQL Managed Instances Audit each SQL Managed Instance without advanced data security. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 1.0.2
Azure Event Grid domains should use private link Azure Private Link lets you connect your virtual network to Azure services without a public IP address at the source or destination. The Private Link platform handles the connectivity between the consumer and services over the Azure backbone network. By mapping private endpoints to your Event Grid domain instead of the entire service, you'll also be protected against data leakage risks. Learn more at: https://aka.ms/privateendpoints. Audit, Disabled 1.0.2
Azure Event Grid topics should use private link Azure Private Link lets you connect your virtual network to Azure services without a public IP address at the source or destination. The Private Link platform handles the connectivity between the consumer and services over the Azure backbone network. By mapping private endpoints to your Event Grid topic instead of the entire service, you'll also be protected against data leakage risks. Learn more at: https://aka.ms/privateendpoints. Audit, Disabled 1.0.2
Azure Key Vault should have firewall enabled Enable the key vault firewall so that the key vault is not accessible by default to any public IPs. Optionally, you can configure specific IP ranges to limit access to those networks. Learn more at: https://docs.microsoft.com/azure/key-vault/general/network-security Audit, Deny, Disabled 3.2.1
Azure Key Vaults should use private link Azure Private Link lets you connect your virtual networks to Azure services without a public IP address at the source or destination. The Private Link platform handles the connectivity between the consumer and services over the Azure backbone network. By mapping private endpoints to key vault, you can reduce data leakage risks. Learn more about private links at: https://aka.ms/akvprivatelink. [parameters('audit_effect')] 1.2.1
Azure Kubernetes Service clusters should have Defender profile enabled Microsoft Defender for Containers provides cloud-native Kubernetes security capabilities including environment hardening, workload protection, and run-time protection. When you enable the SecurityProfile.AzureDefender on your Azure Kubernetes Service cluster, an agent is deployed to your cluster to collect security event data. Learn more about Microsoft Defender for Containers in https://docs.microsoft.com/azure/defender-for-cloud/defender-for-containers-introduction?tabs=defender-for-container-arch-aks Audit, Disabled 2.0.1
Azure Machine Learning compute instances should be recreated to get the latest software updates Ensure Azure Machine Learning compute instances run on the latest available operating system. Security is improved and vulnerabilities reduced by running with the latest security patches. For more information, visit https://aka.ms/azureml-ci-updates/. [parameters('effects')] 1.0.3
Azure Machine Learning Computes should be in a virtual network Azure Virtual Networks provide enhanced security and isolation for your Azure Machine Learning Compute Clusters and Instances, as well as subnets, access control policies, and other features to further restrict access. When a compute is configured with a virtual network, it is not publicly addressable and can only be accessed from virtual machines and applications within the virtual network. Audit, Disabled 1.0.1
Azure Machine Learning Computes should have local authentication methods disabled Disabling local authentication methods improves security by ensuring that Machine Learning Computes require Azure Active Directory identities exclusively for authentication. Learn more at: https://aka.ms/azure-ml-aad-policy. Audit, Deny, Disabled 2.0.1
Azure Machine Learning workspaces should be encrypted with a customer-managed key Manage encryption at rest of Azure Machine Learning workspace data with customer-managed keys. By default, customer data is encrypted with service-managed keys, but customer-managed keys are commonly required to meet regulatory compliance standards. Customer-managed keys enable the data to be encrypted with an Azure Key Vault key created and owned by you. You have full control and responsibility for the key lifecycle, including rotation and management. Learn more at https://aka.ms/azureml-workspaces-cmk. Audit, Deny, Disabled 1.0.3
Azure Machine Learning Workspaces should disable public network access Disabling public network access improves security by ensuring that the Machine Learning Workspaces aren't exposed on the public internet. You can control exposure of your workspaces by creating private endpoints instead. Learn more at: https://learn.microsoft.com/azure/machine-learning/how-to-configure-private-link?view=azureml-api-2&tabs=azure-portal. Audit, Deny, Disabled 2.0.1
Azure Machine Learning workspaces should use private link Azure Private Link lets you connect your virtual network to Azure services without a public IP address at the source or destination. The Private Link platform handles the connectivity between the consumer and services over the Azure backbone network. By mapping private endpoints to Azure Machine Learning workspaces, data leakage risks are reduced. Learn more about private links at: https://docs.microsoft.com/azure/machine-learning/how-to-configure-private-link. Audit, Disabled 1.0.0
Azure MySQL flexible server should have Microsoft Entra Only Authentication enabled Disabling local authentication methods and allowing only Microsoft Entra Authentication improves security by ensuring that Azure MySQL flexible server can exclusively be accessed by Microsoft Entra identities. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 1.0.1
Azure Policy Add-on for Kubernetes service (AKS) should be installed and enabled on your clusters Azure Policy Add-on for Kubernetes service (AKS) extends Gatekeeper v3, an admission controller webhook for Open Policy Agent (OPA), to apply at-scale enforcements and safeguards on your clusters in a centralized, consistent manner. Audit, Disabled 1.0.2
Azure registry container images should have vulnerabilities resolved (powered by Microsoft Defender Vulnerability Management) Container image vulnerability assessment scans your registry for commonly known vulnerabilities (CVEs) and provides a detailed vulnerability report for each image. Resolving vulnerabilities can greatly improve your security posture, ensuring images are safe to use prior to deployment. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 1.0.1
Azure registry container images should have vulnerabilities resolved (powered by Qualys) Container image vulnerability assessment scans your registry for security vulnerabilities and exposes detailed findings for each image. Resolving the vulnerabilities can greatly improve your containers' security posture and protect them from attacks. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 2.0.2
Azure Role-Based Access Control (RBAC) should be used on Kubernetes Services To provide granular filtering on the actions that users can perform, use Azure Role-Based Access Control (RBAC) to manage permissions in Kubernetes Service Clusters and configure relevant authorization policies. Audit, Disabled 1.0.3
Azure running container images should have vulnerabilities resolved (powered by Microsoft Defender Vulnerability Management) Container image vulnerability assessment scans your registry for commonly known vulnerabilities (CVEs) and provides a detailed vulnerability report for each image. This recommendation provides visibility to vulnerable images currently running in your Kubernetes clusters. Remediating vulnerabilities in container images that are currently running is key to improving your security posture, significantly reducing the attack surface for your containerized workloads. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 1.0.1
Azure running container images should have vulnerabilities resolved (powered by Qualys) Container image vulnerability assessment scans container images running on your Kubernetes clusters for security vulnerabilities and exposes detailed findings for each image. Resolving the vulnerabilities can greatly improve your containers' security posture and protect them from attacks. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 1.0.3
Azure SignalR Service should use private link Azure Private Link lets you connect your virtual network to Azure services without a public IP address at the source or destination. The private link platform handles the connectivity between the consumer and services over the Azure backbone network. By mapping private endpoints to your Azure SignalR Service resource instead of the entire service, you'll reduce your data leakage risks. Learn more about private links at: https://aka.ms/asrs/privatelink. Audit, Disabled 1.0.0
Azure Spring Cloud should use network injection Azure Spring Cloud instances should use virtual network injection for the following purposes: 1. Isolate Azure Spring Cloud from Internet. 2. Enable Azure Spring Cloud to interact with systems in either on premises data centers or Azure service in other virtual networks. 3. Empower customers to control inbound and outbound network communications for Azure Spring Cloud. Audit, Disabled, Deny 1.2.0
Azure SQL Database should be running TLS version 1.2 or newer Setting TLS version to 1.2 or newer improves security by ensuring your Azure SQL Database can only be accessed from clients using TLS 1.2 or newer. Using versions of TLS less than 1.2 is not recommended since they have well documented security vulnerabilities. Audit, Disabled, Deny 2.0.0
Azure SQL Database should have Microsoft Entra-only authentication enabled Require Azure SQL logical servers to use Microsoft Entra-only authentication. This policy doesn't block servers from being created with local authentication enabled. It does block local authentication from being enabled on resources after create. Consider using the 'Microsoft Entra-only authentication' initiative instead to require both. Learn more at: https://aka.ms/adonlycreate. Audit, Deny, Disabled 1.0.0
Azure SQL Database should have Microsoft Entra-only authentication enabled during creation Require Azure SQL logical servers to be created with Microsoft Entra-only authentication. This policy doesn't block local authentication from being re-enabled on resources after create. Consider using the 'Microsoft Entra-only authentication' initiative instead to require both. Learn more at: https://aka.ms/adonlycreate. Audit, Deny, Disabled 1.2.0
Azure SQL Managed Instance should have Microsoft Entra-only authentication enabled Require Azure SQL Managed Instance to use Microsoft Entra-only authentication. This policy doesn't block Azure SQL Managed instances from being created with local authentication enabled. It does block local authentication from being enabled on resources after create. Consider using the 'Microsoft Entra-only authentication' initiative instead to require both. Learn more at: https://aka.ms/adonlycreate. Audit, Deny, Disabled 1.0.0
Azure SQL Managed Instances should disable public network access Disabling public network access (public endpoint) on Azure SQL Managed Instances improves security by ensuring that they can only be accessed from inside their virtual networks or via Private Endpoints. To learn more about public network access, visit https://aka.ms/mi-public-endpoint. Audit, Deny, Disabled 1.0.0
Azure SQL Managed Instances should have Microsoft Entra-only authentication enabled during creation Require Azure SQL Managed Instance to be created with Microsoft Entra-only authentication. This policy doesn't block local authentication from being re-enabled on resources after create. Consider using the 'Microsoft Entra-only authentication' initiative instead to require both. Learn more at: https://aka.ms/adonlycreate. Audit, Deny, Disabled 1.2.0
Azure Web Application Firewall should be enabled for Azure Front Door entry-points Deploy Azure Web Application Firewall (WAF) in front of public facing web applications for additional inspection of incoming traffic. Web Application Firewall (WAF) provides centralized protection of your web applications from common exploits and vulnerabilities such as SQL injections, Cross-Site Scripting, local and remote file executions. You can also restrict access to your web applications by countries, IP address ranges, and other http(s) parameters via custom rules. Audit, Deny, Disabled 1.0.2
Blocked accounts with owner permissions on Azure resources should be removed Deprecated accounts with owner permissions should be removed from your subscription. Deprecated accounts are accounts that have been blocked from signing in. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 1.0.0
Blocked accounts with read and write permissions on Azure resources should be removed Deprecated accounts should be removed from your subscriptions. Deprecated accounts are accounts that have been blocked from signing in. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 1.0.0
Certificates should have the specified maximum validity period Manage your organizational compliance requirements by specifying the maximum amount of time that a certificate can be valid within your key vault. audit, Audit, deny, Deny, disabled, Disabled 2.2.1
Cognitive Services accounts should disable public network access To improve the security of Cognitive Services accounts, ensure that it isn't exposed to the public internet and can only be accessed from a private endpoint. Disable the public network access property as described in https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=2129800. This option disables access from any public address space outside the Azure IP range, and denies all logins that match IP or virtual network-based firewall rules. This reduces data leakage risks. Audit, Deny, Disabled 3.0.1
Cognitive Services accounts should enable data encryption with a customer-managed key Customer-managed keys are commonly required to meet regulatory compliance standards. Customer-managed keys enable the data stored in Cognitive Services to be encrypted with an Azure Key Vault key created and owned by you. You have full control and responsibility for the key lifecycle, including rotation and management. Learn more about customer-managed keys at https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=2121321. Audit, Deny, Disabled 2.1.0
Cognitive Services should use private link Azure Private Link lets you connect your virtual networks to Azure services without a public IP address at the source or destination. The Private Link platform handles the connectivity between the consumer and services over the Azure backbone network. By mapping private endpoints to Cognitive Services, you'll reduce the potential for data leakage. Learn more about private links at: https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=2129800. Audit, Disabled 3.0.0
Container registries should be encrypted with a customer-managed key Use customer-managed keys to manage the encryption at rest of the contents of your registries. By default, the data is encrypted at rest with service-managed keys, but customer-managed keys are commonly required to meet regulatory compliance standards. Customer-managed keys enable the data to be encrypted with an Azure Key Vault key created and owned by you. You have full control and responsibility for the key lifecycle, including rotation and management. Learn more at https://aka.ms/acr/CMK. Audit, Deny, Disabled 1.1.2
Container registries should not allow unrestricted network access Azure container registries by default accept connections over the internet from hosts on any network. To protect your registries from potential threats, allow access from only specific private endpoints, public IP addresses or address ranges. If your registry doesn't have network rules configured, it will appear in the unhealthy resources. Learn more about Container Registry network rules here: https://aka.ms/acr/privatelink, https://aka.ms/acr/portal/public-network and https://aka.ms/acr/vnet. Audit, Deny, Disabled 2.0.0
Container registries should use private link Azure Private Link lets you connect your virtual network to Azure services without a public IP address at the source or destination. The private link platform handles the connectivity between the consumer and services over the Azure backbone network.By mapping private endpoints to your container registries instead of the entire service, you'll also be protected against data leakage risks. Learn more at: https://aka.ms/acr/private-link. Audit, Disabled 1.0.1
Cosmos DB database accounts should have local authentication methods disabled Disabling local authentication methods improves security by ensuring that Cosmos DB database accounts exclusively require Azure Active Directory identities for authentication. Learn more at: https://docs.microsoft.com/azure/cosmos-db/how-to-setup-rbac#disable-local-auth. Audit, Deny, Disabled 1.1.0
CosmosDB accounts should use private link Azure Private Link lets you connect your virtual network to Azure services without a public IP address at the source or destination. The Private Link platform handles the connectivity between the consumer and services over the Azure backbone network. By mapping private endpoints to your CosmosDB account, data leakage risks are reduced. Learn more about private links at: https://docs.microsoft.com/azure/cosmos-db/how-to-configure-private-endpoints. Audit, Disabled 1.0.0
Email notification for high severity alerts should be enabled To ensure the relevant people in your organization are notified when there is a potential security breach in one of your subscriptions, enable email notifications for high severity alerts in Security Center. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 1.0.1
Email notification to subscription owner for high severity alerts should be enabled To ensure your subscription owners are notified when there is a potential security breach in their subscription, set email notifications to subscription owners for high severity alerts in Security Center. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 2.0.0
Endpoint protection health issues should be resolved on your machines Resolve endpoint protection health issues on your virtual machines to protect them from latest threats and vulnerabilities. Azure Security Center supported endpoint protection solutions are documented here - https://docs.microsoft.com/azure/security-center/security-center-services?tabs=features-windows#supported-endpoint-protection-solutions. Endpoint protection assessment is documented here - https://docs.microsoft.com/azure/security-center/security-center-endpoint-protection. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 1.0.0
Endpoint protection should be installed on your machines To protect your machines from threats and vulnerabilities, install a supported endpoint protection solution. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 1.0.0
Endpoint protection solution should be installed on virtual machine scale sets Audit the existence and health of an endpoint protection solution on your virtual machines scale sets, to protect them from threats and vulnerabilities. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 3.0.0
Enforce SSL connection should be enabled for MySQL database servers Azure Database for MySQL supports connecting your Azure Database for MySQL server to client applications using Secure Sockets Layer (SSL). Enforcing SSL connections between your database server and your client applications helps protect against 'man in the middle' attacks by encrypting the data stream between the server and your application. This configuration enforces that SSL is always enabled for accessing your database server. Audit, Disabled 1.0.1
Enforce SSL connection should be enabled for PostgreSQL database servers Azure Database for PostgreSQL supports connecting your Azure Database for PostgreSQL server to client applications using Secure Sockets Layer (SSL). Enforcing SSL connections between your database server and your client applications helps protect against 'man in the middle' attacks by encrypting the data stream between the server and your application. This configuration enforces that SSL is always enabled for accessing your database server. Audit, Disabled 1.0.1
Function apps should have remote debugging turned off Remote debugging requires inbound ports to be opened on Function apps. Remote debugging should be turned off. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 2.0.0
Function apps should not have CORS configured to allow every resource to access your apps Cross-Origin Resource Sharing (CORS) should not allow all domains to access your Function app. Allow only required domains to interact with your Function app. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 2.0.0
Function apps should only be accessible over HTTPS Use of HTTPS ensures server/service authentication and protects data in transit from network layer eavesdropping attacks. Audit, Disabled, Deny 5.0.0
Function apps should require FTPS only Enable FTPS enforcement for enhanced security. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 3.0.0
Function apps should use managed identity Use a managed identity for enhanced authentication security AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 3.0.0
Function apps should use the latest TLS version Periodically, newer versions are released for TLS either due to security flaws, include additional functionality, and enhance speed. Upgrade to the latest TLS version for Function apps to take advantage of security fixes, if any, and/or new functionalities of the latest version. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 2.0.1
Geo-redundant backup should be enabled for Azure Database for MariaDB Azure Database for MariaDB allows you to choose the redundancy option for your database server. It can be set to a geo-redundant backup storage in which the data is not only stored within the region in which your server is hosted, but is also replicated to a paired region to provide recovery option in case of a region failure. Configuring geo-redundant storage for backup is only allowed during server create. Audit, Disabled 1.0.1
Geo-redundant backup should be enabled for Azure Database for MySQL Azure Database for MySQL allows you to choose the redundancy option for your database server. It can be set to a geo-redundant backup storage in which the data is not only stored within the region in which your server is hosted, but is also replicated to a paired region to provide recovery option in case of a region failure. Configuring geo-redundant storage for backup is only allowed during server create. Audit, Disabled 1.0.1
Geo-redundant backup should be enabled for Azure Database for PostgreSQL Azure Database for PostgreSQL allows you to choose the redundancy option for your database server. It can be set to a geo-redundant backup storage in which the data is not only stored within the region in which your server is hosted, but is also replicated to a paired region to provide recovery option in case of a region failure. Configuring geo-redundant storage for backup is only allowed during server create. Audit, Disabled 1.0.1
Guest accounts with owner permissions on Azure resources should be removed External accounts with owner permissions should be removed from your subscription in order to prevent unmonitored access. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 1.0.0
Guest accounts with read permissions on Azure resources should be removed External accounts with read privileges should be removed from your subscription in order to prevent unmonitored access. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 1.0.0
Guest accounts with write permissions on Azure resources should be removed External accounts with write privileges should be removed from your subscription in order to prevent unmonitored access. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 1.0.0
Guest Configuration extension should be installed on your machines To ensure secure configurations of in-guest settings of your machine, install the Guest Configuration extension. In-guest settings that the extension monitors include the configuration of the operating system, application configuration or presence, and environment settings. Once installed, in-guest policies will be available such as 'Windows Exploit guard should be enabled'. Learn more at https://aka.ms/gcpol. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 1.0.3
Internet-facing virtual machines should be protected with network security groups Protect your virtual machines from potential threats by restricting access to them with network security groups (NSG). Learn more about controlling traffic with NSGs at https://aka.ms/nsg-doc AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 3.0.0
IP Forwarding on your virtual machine should be disabled Enabling IP forwarding on a virtual machine's NIC allows the machine to receive traffic addressed to other destinations. IP forwarding is rarely required (e.g., when using the VM as a network virtual appliance), and therefore, this should be reviewed by the network security team. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 3.0.0
Key Vault keys should have an expiration date Cryptographic keys should have a defined expiration date and not be permanent. Keys that are valid forever provide a potential attacker with more time to compromise the key. It is a recommended security practice to set expiration dates on cryptographic keys. Audit, Deny, Disabled 1.0.2
Key Vault secrets should have an expiration date Secrets should have a defined expiration date and not be permanent. Secrets that are valid forever provide a potential attacker with more time to compromise them. It is a recommended security practice to set expiration dates on secrets. Audit, Deny, Disabled 1.0.2
Key vaults should have deletion protection enabled Malicious deletion of a key vault can lead to permanent data loss. You can prevent permanent data loss by enabling purge protection and soft delete. Purge protection protects you from insider attacks by enforcing a mandatory retention period for soft deleted key vaults. No one inside your organization or Microsoft will be able to purge your key vaults during the soft delete retention period. Keep in mind that key vaults created after September 1st 2019 have soft-delete enabled by default. Audit, Deny, Disabled 2.1.0
Key vaults should have soft delete enabled Deleting a key vault without soft delete enabled permanently deletes all secrets, keys, and certificates stored in the key vault. Accidental deletion of a key vault can lead to permanent data loss. Soft delete allows you to recover an accidentally deleted key vault for a configurable retention period. Audit, Deny, Disabled 3.0.0
Kubernetes cluster containers CPU and memory resource limits should not exceed the specified limits Enforce container CPU and memory resource limits to prevent resource exhaustion attacks in a Kubernetes cluster. This policy is generally available for Kubernetes Service (AKS), and preview for Azure Arc enabled Kubernetes. For more information, see https://aka.ms/kubepolicydoc. audit, Audit, deny, Deny, disabled, Disabled 9.2.0
Kubernetes cluster containers should not share host process ID or host IPC namespace Block pod containers from sharing the host process ID namespace and host IPC namespace in a Kubernetes cluster. This recommendation is part of CIS 5.2.2 and CIS 5.2.3 which are intended to improve the security of your Kubernetes environments. This policy is generally available for Kubernetes Service (AKS), and preview for Azure Arc enabled Kubernetes. For more information, see https://aka.ms/kubepolicydoc. audit, Audit, deny, Deny, disabled, Disabled 5.1.0
Kubernetes cluster containers should only use allowed AppArmor profiles Containers should only use allowed AppArmor profiles in a Kubernetes cluster. This policy is generally available for Kubernetes Service (AKS), and preview for Azure Arc enabled Kubernetes. For more information, see https://aka.ms/kubepolicydoc. audit, Audit, deny, Deny, disabled, Disabled 6.1.1
Kubernetes cluster containers should only use allowed capabilities Restrict the capabilities to reduce the attack surface of containers in a Kubernetes cluster. This recommendation is part of CIS 5.2.8 and CIS 5.2.9 which are intended to improve the security of your Kubernetes environments. This policy is generally available for Kubernetes Service (AKS), and preview for Azure Arc enabled Kubernetes. For more information, see https://aka.ms/kubepolicydoc. audit, Audit, deny, Deny, disabled, Disabled 6.1.0
Kubernetes cluster containers should only use allowed images Use images from trusted registries to reduce the Kubernetes cluster's exposure risk to unknown vulnerabilities, security issues and malicious images. For more information, see https://aka.ms/kubepolicydoc. audit, Audit, deny, Deny, disabled, Disabled 9.2.0
Kubernetes cluster containers should run with a read only root file system Run containers with a read only root file system to protect from changes at run-time with malicious binaries being added to PATH in a Kubernetes cluster. This policy is generally available for Kubernetes Service (AKS), and preview for Azure Arc enabled Kubernetes. For more information, see https://aka.ms/kubepolicydoc. audit, Audit, deny, Deny, disabled, Disabled 6.2.0
Kubernetes cluster pod hostPath volumes should only use allowed host paths Limit pod HostPath volume mounts to the allowed host paths in a Kubernetes Cluster. This policy is generally available for Kubernetes Service (AKS), and Azure Arc enabled Kubernetes. For more information, see https://aka.ms/kubepolicydoc. audit, Audit, deny, Deny, disabled, Disabled 6.1.1
Kubernetes cluster pods and containers should only run with approved user and group IDs Control the user, primary group, supplemental group and file system group IDs that pods and containers can use to run in a Kubernetes Cluster. This policy is generally available for Kubernetes Service (AKS), and preview for Azure Arc enabled Kubernetes. For more information, see https://aka.ms/kubepolicydoc. audit, Audit, deny, Deny, disabled, Disabled 6.1.1
Kubernetes cluster pods should only use approved host network and port range Restrict pod access to the host network and the allowable host port range in a Kubernetes cluster. This recommendation is part of CIS 5.2.4 which is intended to improve the security of your Kubernetes environments. This policy is generally available for Kubernetes Service (AKS), and preview for Azure Arc enabled Kubernetes. For more information, see https://aka.ms/kubepolicydoc. audit, Audit, deny, Deny, disabled, Disabled 6.1.0
Kubernetes cluster services should listen only on allowed ports Restrict services to listen only on allowed ports to secure access to the Kubernetes cluster. This policy is generally available for Kubernetes Service (AKS), and preview for Azure Arc enabled Kubernetes. For more information, see https://aka.ms/kubepolicydoc. audit, Audit, deny, Deny, disabled, Disabled 8.1.0
Kubernetes cluster should not allow privileged containers Do not allow privileged containers creation in a Kubernetes cluster. This recommendation is part of CIS 5.2.1 which is intended to improve the security of your Kubernetes environments. This policy is generally available for Kubernetes Service (AKS), and preview for Azure Arc enabled Kubernetes. For more information, see https://aka.ms/kubepolicydoc. audit, Audit, deny, Deny, disabled, Disabled 9.1.0
Kubernetes clusters should be accessible only over HTTPS Use of HTTPS ensures authentication and protects data in transit from network layer eavesdropping attacks. This capability is currently generally available for Kubernetes Service (AKS), and in preview for Azure Arc enabled Kubernetes. For more info, visit https://aka.ms/kubepolicydoc audit, Audit, deny, Deny, disabled, Disabled 8.1.0
Kubernetes clusters should disable automounting API credentials Disable automounting API credentials to prevent a potentially compromised Pod resource to run API commands against Kubernetes clusters. For more information, see https://aka.ms/kubepolicydoc. audit, Audit, deny, Deny, disabled, Disabled 4.1.0
Kubernetes clusters should not allow container privilege escalation Do not allow containers to run with privilege escalation to root in a Kubernetes cluster. This recommendation is part of CIS 5.2.5 which is intended to improve the security of your Kubernetes environments. This policy is generally available for Kubernetes Service (AKS), and preview for Azure Arc enabled Kubernetes. For more information, see https://aka.ms/kubepolicydoc. audit, Audit, deny, Deny, disabled, Disabled 7.1.0
Kubernetes clusters should not grant CAP_SYS_ADMIN security capabilities To reduce the attack surface of your containers, restrict CAP_SYS_ADMIN Linux capabilities. For more information, see https://aka.ms/kubepolicydoc. audit, Audit, deny, Deny, disabled, Disabled 5.1.0
Kubernetes clusters should not use the default namespace Prevent usage of the default namespace in Kubernetes clusters to protect against unauthorized access for ConfigMap, Pod, Secret, Service, and ServiceAccount resource types. For more information, see https://aka.ms/kubepolicydoc. audit, Audit, deny, Deny, disabled, Disabled 4.1.0
Linux machines should have Log Analytics agent installed on Azure Arc Machines are non-compliant if Log Analytics agent is not installed on Azure Arc enabled Linux server. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 1.1.0
Linux machines should meet requirements for the Azure compute security baseline Requires that prerequisites are deployed to the policy assignment scope. For details, visit https://aka.ms/gcpol. Machines are non-compliant if the machine is not configured correctly for one of the recommendations in the Azure compute security baseline. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 2.2.0
Log Analytics agent should be installed on your virtual machine for Azure Security Center monitoring This policy audits any Windows/Linux virtual machines (VMs) if the Log Analytics agent is not installed which Security Center uses to monitor for security vulnerabilities and threats AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 1.0.0
Log Analytics agent should be installed on your virtual machine scale sets for Azure Security Center monitoring Security Center collects data from your Azure virtual machines (VMs) to monitor for security vulnerabilities and threats. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 1.0.0
Machines should be configured to periodically check for missing system updates To ensure periodic assessments for missing system updates are triggered automatically every 24 hours, the AssessmentMode property should be set to 'AutomaticByPlatform'. Learn more about AssessmentMode property for Windows: https://aka.ms/computevm-windowspatchassessmentmode, for Linux: https://aka.ms/computevm-linuxpatchassessmentmode. Audit, Deny, Disabled 3.6.0
Machines should have secret findings resolved Audits virtual machines to detect whether they contain secret findings from the secret scanning solutions on your virtual machines. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 1.0.2
Management ports of virtual machines should be protected with just-in-time network access control Possible network Just In Time (JIT) access will be monitored by Azure Security Center as recommendations AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 3.0.0
Management ports should be closed on your virtual machines Open remote management ports are exposing your VM to a high level of risk from Internet-based attacks. These attacks attempt to brute force credentials to gain admin access to the machine. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 3.0.0
Microsoft Defender CSPM should be enabled Defender Cloud Security Posture Management (CSPM) provides enhanced posture capabilities and a new intelligent cloud security graph to help identify, prioritize, and reduce risk. Defender CSPM is available in addition to the free foundational security posture capabilities turned on by default in Defender for Cloud. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 1.0.0
Microsoft Defender for APIs should be enabled Microsoft Defender for APIs brings new discovery, protection, detection, & response coverage to monitor for common API based attacks & security misconfigurations. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 1.0.3
Microsoft Defender for Containers should be enabled Microsoft Defender for Containers provides hardening, vulnerability assessment and run-time protections for your Azure, hybrid, and multi-cloud Kubernetes environments. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 1.0.0
Microsoft Defender for SQL should be enabled for unprotected Synapse workspaces Enable Defender for SQL to protect your Synapse workspaces. Defender for SQL monitors your Synapse SQL to detect anomalous activities indicating unusual and potentially harmful attempts to access or exploit databases. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 1.0.0
Microsoft Defender for SQL status should be protected for Arc-enabled SQL Servers Microsoft Defender for SQL provides functionality for surfacing and mitigating potential database vulnerabilities, detecting anomalous activities that could indicate threats to SQL databases, discovering and classifying sensitive data. Once enabled, the protection status indicates that the resource is actively monitored. Even when Defender is enabled, multiple configuration settings should be validated on the agent, machine, workspace and SQL server to ensure active protection. Audit, Disabled 1.0.1
Microsoft Defender for Storage should be enabled Microsoft Defender for Storage detects potential threats to your storage accounts. It helps prevent the three major impacts on your data and workload: malicious file uploads, sensitive data exfiltration, and data corruption. The new Defender for Storage plan includes Malware Scanning and Sensitive Data Threat Detection. This plan also provides a predictable pricing structure (per storage account) for control over coverage and costs. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 1.0.0
Monitor missing Endpoint Protection in Azure Security Center Servers without an installed Endpoint Protection agent will be monitored by Azure Security Center as recommendations AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 3.0.0
MySQL servers should use customer-managed keys to encrypt data at rest Use customer-managed keys to manage the encryption at rest of your MySQL servers. By default, the data is encrypted at rest with service-managed keys, but customer-managed keys are commonly required to meet regulatory compliance standards. Customer-managed keys enable the data to be encrypted with an Azure Key Vault key created and owned by you. You have full control and responsibility for the key lifecycle, including rotation and management. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 1.0.4
Network Watcher should be enabled Network Watcher is a regional service that enables you to monitor and diagnose conditions at a network scenario level in, to, and from Azure. Scenario level monitoring enables you to diagnose problems at an end to end network level view. It is required to have a network watcher resource group to be created in every region where a virtual network is present. An alert is enabled if a network watcher resource group is not available in a particular region. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 3.0.0
Non-internet-facing virtual machines should be protected with network security groups Protect your non-internet-facing virtual machines from potential threats by restricting access with network security groups (NSG). Learn more about controlling traffic with NSGs at https://aka.ms/nsg-doc AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 3.0.0
Only secure connections to your Azure Cache for Redis should be enabled Audit enabling of only connections via SSL to Azure Cache for Redis. Use of secure connections ensures authentication between the server and the service and protects data in transit from network layer attacks such as man-in-the-middle, eavesdropping, and session-hijacking Audit, Deny, Disabled 1.0.0
PostgreSQL servers should use customer-managed keys to encrypt data at rest Use customer-managed keys to manage the encryption at rest of your PostgreSQL servers. By default, the data is encrypted at rest with service-managed keys, but customer-managed keys are commonly required to meet regulatory compliance standards. Customer-managed keys enable the data to be encrypted with an Azure Key Vault key created and owned by you. You have full control and responsibility for the key lifecycle, including rotation and management. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 1.0.4
Private endpoint connections on Azure SQL Database should be enabled Private endpoint connections enforce secure communication by enabling private connectivity to Azure SQL Database. Audit, Disabled 1.1.0
Private endpoint should be enabled for MariaDB servers Private endpoint connections enforce secure communication by enabling private connectivity to Azure Database for MariaDB. Configure a private endpoint connection to enable access to traffic coming only from known networks and prevent access from all other IP addresses, including within Azure. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 1.0.2
Private endpoint should be enabled for MySQL servers Private endpoint connections enforce secure communication by enabling private connectivity to Azure Database for MySQL. Configure a private endpoint connection to enable access to traffic coming only from known networks and prevent access from all other IP addresses, including within Azure. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 1.0.2
Private endpoint should be enabled for PostgreSQL servers Private endpoint connections enforce secure communication by enabling private connectivity to Azure Database for PostgreSQL. Configure a private endpoint connection to enable access to traffic coming only from known networks and prevent access from all other IP addresses, including within Azure. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 1.0.2
Public network access on Azure SQL Database should be disabled Disabling the public network access property improves security by ensuring your Azure SQL Database can only be accessed from a private endpoint. This configuration denies all logins that match IP or virtual network based firewall rules. Audit, Deny, Disabled 1.1.0
Public network access should be disabled for MariaDB servers Disable the public network access property to improve security and ensure your Azure Database for MariaDB can only be accessed from a private endpoint. This configuration strictly disables access from any public address space outside of Azure IP range, and denies all logins that match IP or virtual network-based firewall rules. Audit, Deny, Disabled 2.0.0
Public network access should be disabled for MySQL servers Disable the public network access property to improve security and ensure your Azure Database for MySQL can only be accessed from a private endpoint. This configuration strictly disables access from any public address space outside of Azure IP range, and denies all logins that match IP or virtual network-based firewall rules. Audit, Deny, Disabled 2.0.0
Public network access should be disabled for PostgreSQL servers Disable the public network access property to improve security and ensure your Azure Database for PostgreSQL can only be accessed from a private endpoint. This configuration disables access from any public address space outside of Azure IP range, and denies all logins that match IP or virtual network-based firewall rules. Audit, Deny, Disabled 2.0.1
Resource logs in Azure Data Lake Store should be enabled Audit enabling of resource logs. This enables you to recreate activity trails to use for investigation purposes; when a security incident occurs or when your network is compromised AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 5.0.0
Resource logs in Azure Databricks Workspaces should be enabled Resource logs enable recreating activity trails to use for investigation purposes when a security incident occurs or when your network is compromised. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 1.0.1
Resource logs in Azure Kubernetes Service should be enabled Azure Kubernetes Service's resource logs can help recreate activity trails when investigating security incidents. Enable it to make sure the logs will exist when needed AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 1.0.0
Resource logs in Azure Machine Learning Workspaces should be enabled Resource logs enable recreating activity trails to use for investigation purposes when a security incident occurs or when your network is compromised. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 1.0.1
Resource logs in Azure Stream Analytics should be enabled Audit enabling of resource logs. This enables you to recreate activity trails to use for investigation purposes; when a security incident occurs or when your network is compromised AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 5.0.0
Resource logs in Batch accounts should be enabled Audit enabling of resource logs. This enables you to recreate activity trails to use for investigation purposes; when a security incident occurs or when your network is compromised AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 5.0.0
Resource logs in Data Lake Analytics should be enabled Audit enabling of resource logs. This enables you to recreate activity trails to use for investigation purposes; when a security incident occurs or when your network is compromised AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 5.0.0
Resource logs in Event Hub should be enabled Audit enabling of resource logs. This enables you to recreate activity trails to use for investigation purposes; when a security incident occurs or when your network is compromised AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 5.0.0
Resource logs in IoT Hub should be enabled Audit enabling of resource logs. This enables you to recreate activity trails to use for investigation purposes; when a security incident occurs or when your network is compromised AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 3.1.0
Resource logs in Key Vault should be enabled Audit enabling of resource logs. This enables you to recreate activity trails to use for investigation purposes when a security incident occurs or when your network is compromised AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 5.0.0
Resource logs in Logic Apps should be enabled Audit enabling of resource logs. This enables you to recreate activity trails to use for investigation purposes; when a security incident occurs or when your network is compromised AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 5.1.0
Resource logs in Search services should be enabled Audit enabling of resource logs. This enables you to recreate activity trails to use for investigation purposes; when a security incident occurs or when your network is compromised AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 5.0.0
Resource logs in Service Bus should be enabled Audit enabling of resource logs. This enables you to recreate activity trails to use for investigation purposes; when a security incident occurs or when your network is compromised AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 5.0.0
Secure transfer to storage accounts should be enabled Audit requirement of Secure transfer in your storage account. Secure transfer is an option that forces your storage account to accept requests only from secure connections (HTTPS). Use of HTTPS ensures authentication between the server and the service and protects data in transit from network layer attacks such as man-in-the-middle, eavesdropping, and session-hijacking Audit, Deny, Disabled 2.0.0
Service Fabric clusters should have the ClusterProtectionLevel property set to EncryptAndSign Service Fabric provides three levels of protection (None, Sign and EncryptAndSign) for node-to-node communication using a primary cluster certificate. Set the protection level to ensure that all node-to-node messages are encrypted and digitally signed Audit, Deny, Disabled 1.1.0
Service Fabric clusters should only use Azure Active Directory for client authentication Audit usage of client authentication only via Azure Active Directory in Service Fabric Audit, Deny, Disabled 1.1.0
SQL databases should have vulnerability findings resolved Monitor vulnerability assessment scan results and recommendations for how to remediate database vulnerabilities. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 4.1.0
SQL managed instances should use customer-managed keys to encrypt data at rest Implementing Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) with your own key provides you with increased transparency and control over the TDE Protector, increased security with an HSM-backed external service, and promotion of separation of duties. This recommendation applies to organizations with a related compliance requirement. Audit, Deny, Disabled 2.0.0
SQL server-targeted autoprovisioning should be enabled for SQL servers on machines plan To ensure your SQL VMs and Arc-enabled SQL Servers are protected, ensure the SQL-targeted Azure Monitoring Agent is configured to automatically deploy. This is also necessary if you've previously configured autoprovisioning of the Microsoft Monitoring Agent, as that component is being deprecated. Learn more: https://aka.ms/SQLAMAMigration AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 1.0.0
SQL servers on machines should have vulnerability findings resolved SQL vulnerability assessment scans your database for security vulnerabilities, and exposes any deviations from best practices such as misconfigurations, excessive permissions, and unprotected sensitive data. Resolving the vulnerabilities found can greatly improve your database security posture. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 1.0.0
SQL servers should use customer-managed keys to encrypt data at rest Implementing Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) with your own key provides increased transparency and control over the TDE Protector, increased security with an HSM-backed external service, and promotion of separation of duties. This recommendation applies to organizations with a related compliance requirement. Audit, Deny, Disabled 2.0.1
SQL servers with auditing to storage account destination should be configured with 90 days retention or higher For incident investigation purposes, we recommend setting the data retention for your SQL Server' auditing to storage account destination to at least 90 days. Confirm that you are meeting the necessary retention rules for the regions in which you are operating. This is sometimes required for compliance with regulatory standards. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 3.0.0
Storage accounts should be migrated to new Azure Resource Manager resources Use new Azure Resource Manager for your storage accounts to provide security enhancements such as: stronger access control (RBAC), better auditing, Azure Resource Manager based deployment and governance, access to managed identities, access to key vault for secrets, Azure AD-based authentication and support for tags and resource groups for easier security management Audit, Deny, Disabled 1.0.0
Storage accounts should prevent shared key access Audit requirement of Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) to authorize requests for your storage account. By default, requests can be authorized with either Azure Active Directory credentials, or by using the account access key for Shared Key authorization. Of these two types of authorization, Azure AD provides superior security and ease of use over Shared Key, and is recommended by Microsoft. Audit, Deny, Disabled 2.0.0
Storage accounts should restrict network access Network access to storage accounts should be restricted. Configure network rules so only applications from allowed networks can access the storage account. To allow connections from specific internet or on-premises clients, access can be granted to traffic from specific Azure virtual networks or to public internet IP address ranges Audit, Deny, Disabled 1.1.1
Storage accounts should restrict network access using virtual network rules Protect your storage accounts from potential threats using virtual network rules as a preferred method instead of IP-based filtering. Disabling IP-based filtering prevents public IPs from accessing your storage accounts. Audit, Deny, Disabled 1.0.1
Storage accounts should use customer-managed key for encryption Secure your blob and file storage account with greater flexibility using customer-managed keys. When you specify a customer-managed key, that key is used to protect and control access to the key that encrypts your data. Using customer-managed keys provides additional capabilities to control rotation of the key encryption key or cryptographically erase data. Audit, Disabled 1.0.3
Storage accounts should use private link Azure Private Link lets you connect your virtual network to Azure services without a public IP address at the source or destination. The Private Link platform handles the connectivity between the consumer and services over the Azure backbone network. By mapping private endpoints to your storage account, data leakage risks are reduced. Learn more about private links at - https://aka.ms/azureprivatelinkoverview AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 2.0.0
Subnets should be associated with a Network Security Group Protect your subnet from potential threats by restricting access to it with a Network Security Group (NSG). NSGs contain a list of Access Control List (ACL) rules that allow or deny network traffic to your subnet. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 3.0.0
Subscriptions should have a contact email address for security issues To ensure the relevant people in your organization are notified when there is a potential security breach in one of your subscriptions, set a security contact to receive email notifications from Security Center. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 1.0.1
Synapse Workspaces should have Microsoft Entra-only authentication enabled Require Synapse Workspaces to use Microsoft Entra-only authentication. This policy doesn't block workspaces from being created with local authentication enabled. It does block local authentication from being enabled on resources after create. Consider using the 'Microsoft Entra-only authentication' initiative instead to require both. Learn more at: https://aka.ms/Synapse. Audit, Deny, Disabled 1.0.0
Synapse Workspaces should use only Microsoft Entra identities for authentication during workspace creation Require Synapse Workspaces to be created with Microsoft Entra-only authentication. This policy doesn't block local authentication from being re-enabled on resources after create. Consider using the 'Microsoft Entra-only authentication' initiative instead to require both. Learn more at: https://aka.ms/Synapse. Audit, Deny, Disabled 1.2.0
System updates on virtual machine scale sets should be installed Audit whether there are any missing system security updates and critical updates that should be installed to ensure that your Windows and Linux virtual machine scale sets are secure. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 3.0.0
System updates should be installed on your machines Missing security system updates on your servers will be monitored by Azure Security Center as recommendations AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 4.0.0
There should be more than one owner assigned to your subscription It is recommended to designate more than one subscription owner in order to have administrator access redundancy. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 3.0.0
Transparent Data Encryption on SQL databases should be enabled Transparent data encryption should be enabled to protect data-at-rest and meet compliance requirements AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 2.0.0
Virtual machines and virtual machine scale sets should have encryption at host enabled Use encryption at host to get end-to-end encryption for your virtual machine and virtual machine scale set data. Encryption at host enables encryption at rest for your temporary disk and OS/data disk caches. Temporary and ephemeral OS disks are encrypted with platform-managed keys when encryption at host is enabled. OS/data disk caches are encrypted at rest with either customer-managed or platform-managed key, depending on the encryption type selected on the disk. Learn more at https://aka.ms/vm-hbe. Audit, Deny, Disabled 1.0.0
Virtual machines should be migrated to new Azure Resource Manager resources Use new Azure Resource Manager for your virtual machines to provide security enhancements such as: stronger access control (RBAC), better auditing, Azure Resource Manager based deployment and governance, access to managed identities, access to key vault for secrets, Azure AD-based authentication and support for tags and resource groups for easier security management Audit, Deny, Disabled 1.0.0
Virtual machines should encrypt temp disks, caches, and data flows between Compute and Storage resources By default, a virtual machine's OS and data disks are encrypted-at-rest using platform-managed keys. Temp disks, data caches and data flowing between compute and storage aren't encrypted. Disregard this recommendation if: 1. using encryption-at-host, or 2. server-side encryption on Managed Disks meets your security requirements. Learn more in: Server-side encryption of Azure Disk Storage: https://aka.ms/disksse, Different disk encryption offerings: https://aka.ms/diskencryptioncomparison AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 2.0.3
Virtual machines' Guest Configuration extension should be deployed with system-assigned managed identity The Guest Configuration extension requires a system assigned managed identity. Azure virtual machines in the scope of this policy will be non-compliant when they have the Guest Configuration extension installed but do not have a system assigned managed identity. Learn more at https://aka.ms/gcpol AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 1.0.1
VM Image Builder templates should use private link Azure Private Link lets you connect your virtual network to Azure services without a public IP address at the source or destination. The Private Link platform handles the connectivity between the consumer and services over the Azure backbone network. By mapping private endpoints to your VM Image Builder building resources, data leakage risks are reduced. Learn more about private links at: https://docs.microsoft.com/azure/virtual-machines/linux/image-builder-networking#deploy-using-an-existing-vnet. Audit, Disabled, Deny 1.1.0
VPN gateways should use only Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) authentication for point-to-site users Disabling local authentication methods improves security by ensuring that VPN Gateways use only Azure Active Directory identities for authentication. Learn more about Azure AD authentication at https://docs.microsoft.com/azure/vpn-gateway/openvpn-azure-ad-tenant Audit, Deny, Disabled 1.0.0
Vulnerabilities in container security configurations should be remediated Audit vulnerabilities in security configuration on machines with Docker installed and display as recommendations in Azure Security Center. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 3.0.0
Vulnerabilities in security configuration on your machines should be remediated Servers which do not satisfy the configured baseline will be monitored by Azure Security Center as recommendations AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 3.1.0
Vulnerabilities in security configuration on your virtual machine scale sets should be remediated Audit the OS vulnerabilities on your virtual machine scale sets to protect them from attacks. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 3.0.0
Vulnerability assessment should be enabled on SQL Managed Instance Audit each SQL Managed Instance which doesn't have recurring vulnerability assessment scans enabled. Vulnerability assessment can discover, track, and help you remediate potential database vulnerabilities. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 1.0.1
Vulnerability assessment should be enabled on your SQL servers Audit Azure SQL servers which do not have vulnerability assessment properly configured. Vulnerability assessment can discover, track, and help you remediate potential database vulnerabilities. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 3.0.0
Web Application Firewall (WAF) should be enabled for Application Gateway Deploy Azure Web Application Firewall (WAF) in front of public facing web applications for additional inspection of incoming traffic. Web Application Firewall (WAF) provides centralized protection of your web applications from common exploits and vulnerabilities such as SQL injections, Cross-Site Scripting, local and remote file executions. You can also restrict access to your web applications by countries, IP address ranges, and other http(s) parameters via custom rules. Audit, Deny, Disabled 2.0.0
Windows Defender Exploit Guard should be enabled on your machines Windows Defender Exploit Guard uses the Azure Policy Guest Configuration agent. Exploit Guard has four components that are designed to lock down devices against a wide variety of attack vectors and block behaviors commonly used in malware attacks while enabling enterprises to balance their security risk and productivity requirements (Windows only). AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 2.0.0
Windows machines should be configured to use secure communication protocols To protect the privacy of information communicated over the Internet, your machines should use the latest version of the industry-standard cryptographic protocol, Transport Layer Security (TLS). TLS secures communications over a network by encrypting a connection between machines. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 4.1.1
Windows machines should have Log Analytics agent installed on Azure Arc Machines are non-compliant if Log Analytics agent is not installed on Azure Arc enabled windows server. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 2.0.0
Windows machines should meet requirements of the Azure compute security baseline Requires that prerequisites are deployed to the policy assignment scope. For details, visit https://aka.ms/gcpol. Machines are non-compliant if the machine is not configured correctly for one of the recommendations in the Azure compute security baseline. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 2.0.0

Microsoft Defender for Cloud category

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[Preview]: Azure Security agent should be installed on your Linux Arc machines Install the Azure Security agent on your Linux Arc machines in order to monitor your machines for security configurations and vulnerabilities. Results of the assessments can seen and managed in Azure Security Center. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 1.0.0-preview
[Preview]: Azure Security agent should be installed on your Linux virtual machine scale sets Install the Azure Security agent on your Linux virtual machine scale sets in order to monitor your machines for security configurations and vulnerabilities. Results of the assessments can seen and managed in Azure Security Center. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 2.0.0-preview
[Preview]: Azure Security agent should be installed on your Linux virtual machines Install the Azure Security agent on your Linux virtual machines in order to monitor your machines for security configurations and vulnerabilities. Results of the assessments can seen and managed in Azure Security Center. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 2.0.0-preview
[Preview]: Azure Security agent should be installed on your Windows Arc machines Install the Azure Security agent on your Windows Arc machines in order to monitor your machines for security configurations and vulnerabilities. Results of the assessments can seen and managed in Azure Security Center. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 1.0.0-preview
[Preview]: Azure Security agent should be installed on your Windows virtual machine scale sets Install the Azure Security agent on your Windows virtual machine scale sets in order to monitor your machines for security configurations and vulnerabilities. Results of the assessments can seen and managed in Azure Security Center. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 2.1.0-preview
[Preview]: Azure Security agent should be installed on your Windows virtual machines Install the Azure Security agent on your Windows virtual machines in order to monitor your machines for security configurations and vulnerabilities. Results of the assessments can seen and managed in Azure Security Center. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 2.1.0-preview
[Preview]: ChangeTracking extension should be installed on your Linux Arc machine Install ChangeTracking Extension on Linux Arc machines to enable File Integrity Monitoring(FIM) in Azure Security Center. FIM examines operating system files, Windows registries, application software, Linux system files, and more, for changes that might indicate an attack. The extension can be installed in virtual machines and locations supported by Azure Monitoring Agent. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 1.0.0-preview
[Preview]: ChangeTracking extension should be installed on your Linux virtual machine Install ChangeTracking Extension on Linux virtual machines to enable File Integrity Monitoring(FIM) in Azure Security Center. FIM examines operating system files, Windows registries, application software, Linux system files, and more, for changes that might indicate an attack. The extension can be installed in virtual machines and locations supported by Azure Monitoring Agent. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 2.0.0-preview
[Preview]: ChangeTracking extension should be installed on your Linux virtual machine scale sets Install ChangeTracking Extension on Linux virtual machine scale sets to enable File Integrity Monitoring(FIM) in Azure Security Center. FIM examines operating system files, Windows registries, application software, Linux system files, and more, for changes that might indicate an attack. The extension can be installed in virtual machines and locations supported by Azure Monitoring Agent. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 2.0.0-preview
[Preview]: ChangeTracking extension should be installed on your Windows Arc machine Install ChangeTracking Extension on Windows Arc machines to enable File Integrity Monitoring(FIM) in Azure Security Center. FIM examines operating system files, Windows registries, application software, Linux system files, and more, for changes that might indicate an attack. The extension can be installed in virtual machines and locations supported by Azure Monitoring Agent. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 1.0.0-preview
[Preview]: ChangeTracking extension should be installed on your Windows virtual machine Install ChangeTracking Extension on Windows virtual machines to enable File Integrity Monitoring(FIM) in Azure Security Center. FIM examines operating system files, Windows registries, application software, Linux system files, and more, for changes that might indicate an attack. The extension can be installed in virtual machines and locations supported by Azure Monitoring Agent. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 2.0.0-preview
[Preview]: ChangeTracking extension should be installed on your Windows virtual machine scale sets Install ChangeTracking Extension on Windows virtual machine scale sets to enable File Integrity Monitoring(FIM) in Azure Security Center. FIM examines operating system files, Windows registries, application software, Linux system files, and more, for changes that might indicate an attack. The extension can be installed in virtual machines and locations supported by Azure Monitoring Agent. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 2.0.0-preview
[Preview]: Configure Azure Defender for SQL agent on virtual machine Configure Windows machines to automatically install the Azure Defender for SQL agent where the Azure Monitor Agent is installed. Security Center collects events from the agent and uses them to provide security alerts and tailored hardening tasks (recommendations). Creates a resource group and Log Analytics workspace in the same region as the machine. Target virtual machines must be in a supported location. DeployIfNotExists, Disabled 1.0.0-preview
[Preview]: Configure ChangeTracking Extension for Linux Arc machines Configure Linux Arc machines to automatically install the ChangeTracking Extension to enable File Integrity Monitoring(FIM) in Azure Security Center. FIM examines operating system files, Windows registries, application software, Linux system files, and more, for changes that might indicate an attack. The extension can be installed in virtual machines and locations supported by Azure Monitor Agent. DeployIfNotExists, Disabled 2.0.0-preview
[Preview]: Configure ChangeTracking Extension for Linux virtual machine scale sets Configure Linux virtual machine scale sets to automatically install the ChangeTracking Extension to enable File Integrity Monitoring(FIM) in Azure Security Center. FIM examines operating system files, Windows registries, application software, Linux system files, and more, for changes that might indicate an attack. The extension can be installed in virtual machines and locations supported by Azure Monitor Agent. DeployIfNotExists, Disabled 2.0.0-preview
[Preview]: Configure ChangeTracking Extension for Linux virtual machines Configure Linux virtual machines to automatically install the ChangeTracking Extension to enable File Integrity Monitoring(FIM) in Azure Security Center. FIM examines operating system files, Windows registries, application software, Linux system files, and more, for changes that might indicate an attack. The extension can be installed in virtual machines and locations supported by Azure Monitor Agent. DeployIfNotExists, Disabled 2.0.0-preview
[Preview]: Configure ChangeTracking Extension for Windows Arc machines Configure Windows Arc machines to automatically install the ChangeTracking Extension to enable File Integrity Monitoring(FIM) in Azure Security Center. FIM examines operating system files, Windows registries, application software, Linux system files, and more, for changes that might indicate an attack. The extension can be installed in virtual machines and locations supported by Azure Monitor Agent. DeployIfNotExists, Disabled 2.0.0-preview
[Preview]: Configure ChangeTracking Extension for Windows virtual machine scale sets Configure Windows virtual machine scale sets to automatically install the ChangeTracking Extension to enable File Integrity Monitoring(FIM) in Azure Security Center. FIM examines operating system files, Windows registries, application software, Linux system files, and more, for changes that might indicate an attack. The extension can be installed in virtual machines and locations supported by Azure Monitor Agent. DeployIfNotExists, Disabled 2.0.0-preview
[Preview]: Configure ChangeTracking Extension for Windows virtual machines Configure Windows virtual machines to automatically install the ChangeTracking Extension to enable File Integrity Monitoring(FIM) in Azure Security Center. FIM examines operating system files, Windows registries, application software, Linux system files, and more, for changes that might indicate an attack. The extension can be installed in virtual machines and locations supported by Azure Monitor Agent. DeployIfNotExists, Disabled 2.0.0-preview
[Preview]: Configure supported Linux Arc machines to automatically install the Azure Security agent Configure supported Linux Arc machines to automatically install the Azure Security agent. Security Center collects events from the agent and uses them to provide security alerts and tailored hardening tasks (recommendations). Target Linux Arc machines must be in a supported location. DeployIfNotExists, Disabled 1.0.0-preview
[Preview]: Configure supported Linux virtual machine scale sets to automatically install the Azure Security agent Configure supported Linux virtual machine scale sets to automatically install the Azure Security agent. Security Center collects events from the agent and uses them to provide security alerts and tailored hardening tasks (recommendations). Target virtual machines must be in a supported location. DeployIfNotExists, Disabled 2.0.0-preview
[Preview]: Configure supported Linux virtual machine scale sets to automatically install the Guest Attestation extension Configure supported Linux virtual machines scale sets to automatically install the Guest Attestation extension to allow Azure Security Center to proactively attest and monitor the boot integrity. Boot integrity is attested via Remote Attestation. DeployIfNotExists, Disabled 6.1.0-preview
[Preview]: Configure supported Linux virtual machines to automatically enable Secure Boot Configure supported Linux virtual machines to automatically enable Secure Boot to mitigate against malicious and unauthorized changes to the boot chain. Once enabled, only trusted bootloaders, kernel and kernel drivers will be allowed to run. DeployIfNotExists, Disabled 5.0.0-preview
[Preview]: Configure supported Linux virtual machines to automatically install the Azure Security agent Configure supported Linux virtual machines to automatically install the Azure Security agent. Security Center collects events from the agent and uses them to provide security alerts and tailored hardening tasks (recommendations). Target virtual machines must be in a supported location. DeployIfNotExists, Disabled 7.0.0-preview
[Preview]: Configure supported Linux virtual machines to automatically install the Guest Attestation extension Configure supported Linux virtual machines to automatically install the Guest Attestation extension to allow Azure Security Center to proactively attest and monitor the boot integrity. Boot integrity is attested via Remote Attestation. DeployIfNotExists, Disabled 7.1.0-preview
[Preview]: Configure supported virtual machines to automatically enable vTPM Configure supported virtual machines to automatically enable vTPM to facilitate Measured Boot and other OS security features that require a TPM. Once enabled, vTPM can be used to attest boot integrity. DeployIfNotExists, Disabled 2.0.0-preview
[Preview]: Configure supported Windows Arc machines to automatically install the Azure Security agent Configure supported Windows Arc machines to automatically install the Azure Security agent. Security Center collects events from the agent and uses them to provide security alerts and tailored hardening tasks (recommendations). Target Windows Arc machines must be in a supported location. DeployIfNotExists, Disabled 1.0.0-preview
[Preview]: Configure supported Windows machines to automatically install the Azure Security agent Configure supported Windows machines to automatically install the Azure Security agent. Security Center collects events from the agent and uses them to provide security alerts and tailored hardening tasks (recommendations). Target virtual machines must be in a supported location. DeployIfNotExists, Disabled 5.1.0-preview
[Preview]: Configure supported Windows virtual machine scale sets to automatically install the Azure Security agent Configure supported Windows virtual machine scale sets to automatically install the Azure Security agent. Security Center collects events from the agent and uses them to provide security alerts and tailored hardening tasks (recommendations). Target Windows virtual machine scale sets must be in a supported location. DeployIfNotExists, Disabled 2.1.0-preview
[Preview]: Configure supported Windows virtual machine scale sets to automatically install the Guest Attestation extension Configure supported Windows virtual machines scale sets to automatically install the Guest Attestation extension to allow Azure Security Center to proactively attest and monitor the boot integrity. Boot integrity is attested via Remote Attestation. DeployIfNotExists, Disabled 4.1.0-preview
[Preview]: Configure supported Windows virtual machines to automatically enable Secure Boot Configure supported Windows virtual machines to automatically enable Secure Boot to mitigate against malicious and unauthorized changes to the boot chain. Once enabled, only trusted bootloaders, kernel and kernel drivers will be allowed to run. DeployIfNotExists, Disabled 3.0.0-preview
[Preview]: Configure supported Windows virtual machines to automatically install the Guest Attestation extension Configure supported Windows virtual machines to automatically install the Guest Attestation extension to allow Azure Security Center to proactively attest and monitor the boot integrity. Boot integrity is attested via Remote Attestation. DeployIfNotExists, Disabled 5.1.0-preview
[Preview]: Configure VMs created with Shared Image Gallery images to install the Guest Attestation extension Configure virtual machines created with Shared Image Gallery images to automatically install the Guest Attestation extension to allow Azure Security Center to proactively attest and monitor the boot integrity. Boot integrity is attested via Remote Attestation. DeployIfNotExists, Disabled 2.0.0-preview
[Preview]: Configure VMSS created with Shared Image Gallery images to install the Guest Attestation extension Configure VMSS created with Shared Image Gallery images to automatically install the Guest Attestation extension to allow Azure Security Center to proactively attest and monitor the boot integrity. Boot integrity is attested via Remote Attestation. DeployIfNotExists, Disabled 2.1.0-preview
[Preview]: Deploy Microsoft Defender for Endpoint agent on Linux hybrid machines Deploys Microsoft Defender for Endpoint agent on Linux hybrid machines DeployIfNotExists, AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 2.0.1-preview
[Preview]: Deploy Microsoft Defender for Endpoint agent on Linux virtual machines Deploys Microsoft Defender for Endpoint agent on applicable Linux VM images. DeployIfNotExists, AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 3.0.0-preview
[Preview]: Deploy Microsoft Defender for Endpoint agent on Windows Azure Arc machines Deploys Microsoft Defender for Endpoint on Windows Azure Arc machines. DeployIfNotExists, AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 2.0.1-preview
[Preview]: Deploy Microsoft Defender for Endpoint agent on Windows virtual machines Deploys Microsoft Defender for Endpoint on applicable Windows VM images. DeployIfNotExists, AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 2.0.1-preview
[Preview]: Guest Attestation extension should be installed on supported Linux virtual machines Install Guest Attestation extension on supported Linux virtual machines to allow Azure Security Center to proactively attest and monitor the boot integrity. Once installed, boot integrity will be attested via Remote Attestation. This assessment applies to Trusted Launch and Confidential Linux virtual machines. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 6.0.0-preview
[Preview]: Guest Attestation extension should be installed on supported Linux virtual machines scale sets Install Guest Attestation extension on supported Linux virtual machines scale sets to allow Azure Security Center to proactively attest and monitor the boot integrity. Once installed, boot integrity will be attested via Remote Attestation. This assessment applies to Trusted Launch and Confidential Linux virtual machine scale sets. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 5.1.0-preview
[Preview]: Guest Attestation extension should be installed on supported Windows virtual machines Install Guest Attestation extension on supported virtual machines to allow Azure Security Center to proactively attest and monitor the boot integrity. Once installed, boot integrity will be attested via Remote Attestation. This assessment applies to Trusted Launch and Confidential Windows virtual machines. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 4.0.0-preview
[Preview]: Guest Attestation extension should be installed on supported Windows virtual machines scale sets Install Guest Attestation extension on supported virtual machines scale sets to allow Azure Security Center to proactively attest and monitor the boot integrity. Once installed, boot integrity will be attested via Remote Attestation. This assessment applies to Trusted Launch and Confidential Windows virtual machine scale sets. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 3.1.0-preview
[Preview]: Linux virtual machines should use only signed and trusted boot components All OS boot components (boot loader, kernel, kernel drivers) must be signed by trusted publishers. Defender for Cloud has identified untrusted OS boot components on one or more of your Linux machines. To protect your machines from potentially malicious components, add them to your allow list or remove the identified components. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 1.0.0-preview
[Preview]: Linux virtual machines should use Secure Boot To protect against the installation of malware-based rootkits and boot kits, enable Secure Boot on supported Linux virtual machines. Secure Boot ensures that only signed operating systems and drivers will be allowed to run. This assessment only applies to Linux virtual machines that have the Azure Monitor Agent installed. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 1.0.0-preview
[Preview]: Machines should have ports closed that might expose attack vectors Azure's Terms Of Use prohibit the use of Azure services in ways that could damage, disable, overburden, or impair any Microsoft server, or the network. The exposed ports identified by this recommendation need to be closed for your continued security. For each identified port, the recommendation also provides an explanation of the potential threat. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 1.0.0-preview
[Preview]: Secure Boot should be enabled on supported Windows virtual machines Enable Secure Boot on supported Windows virtual machines to mitigate against malicious and unauthorized changes to the boot chain. Once enabled, only trusted bootloaders, kernel and kernel drivers will be allowed to run. This assessment applies to Trusted Launch and Confidential Windows virtual machines. Audit, Disabled 4.0.0-preview
[Preview]: System updates should be installed on your machines (powered by Update Center) Your machines are missing system, security, and critical updates. Software updates often include critical patches to security holes. Such holes are frequently exploited in malware attacks so it's vital to keep your software updated. To install all outstanding patches and secure your machines, follow the remediation steps. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 1.0.0-preview
[Preview]: Virtual machines guest attestation status should be healthy Guest attestation is performed by sending a trusted log (TCGLog) to an attestation server. The server uses these logs to determine whether boot components are trustworthy. This assessment is intended to detect compromises of the boot chain which might be the result of a bootkit or rootkit infection. This assessment only applies to Trusted Launch enabled virtual machines that have Guest Attestation extension installed. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 1.0.0-preview
[Preview]: vTPM should be enabled on supported virtual machines Enable virtual TPM device on supported virtual machines to facilitate Measured Boot and other OS security features that require a TPM. Once enabled, vTPM can be used to attest boot integrity. This assessment only applies to trusted launch enabled virtual machines. Audit, Disabled 2.0.0-preview
A maximum of 3 owners should be designated for your subscription It is recommended to designate up to 3 subscription owners in order to reduce the potential for breach by a compromised owner. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 3.0.0
A vulnerability assessment solution should be enabled on your virtual machines Audits virtual machines to detect whether they are running a supported vulnerability assessment solution. A core component of every cyber risk and security program is the identification and analysis of vulnerabilities. Azure Security Center's standard pricing tier includes vulnerability scanning for your virtual machines at no extra cost. Additionally, Security Center can automatically deploy this tool for you. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 3.0.0
Accounts with owner permissions on Azure resources should be MFA enabled Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) should be enabled for all subscription accounts with owner permissions to prevent a breach of accounts or resources. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 1.0.0
Accounts with read permissions on Azure resources should be MFA enabled Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) should be enabled for all subscription accounts with read privileges to prevent a breach of accounts or resources. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 1.0.0
Accounts with write permissions on Azure resources should be MFA enabled Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) should be enabled for all subscription accounts with write privileges to prevent a breach of accounts or resources. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 1.0.0
Adaptive application controls for defining safe applications should be enabled on your machines Enable application controls to define the list of known-safe applications running on your machines, and alert you when other applications run. This helps harden your machines against malware. To simplify the process of configuring and maintaining your rules, Security Center uses machine learning to analyze the applications running on each machine and suggest the list of known-safe applications. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 3.0.0
Adaptive network hardening recommendations should be applied on internet facing virtual machines Azure Security Center analyzes the traffic patterns of Internet facing virtual machines and provides Network Security Group rule recommendations that reduce the potential attack surface AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 3.0.0
All network ports should be restricted on network security groups associated to your virtual machine Azure Security Center has identified some of your network security groups' inbound rules to be too permissive. Inbound rules should not allow access from 'Any' or 'Internet' ranges. This can potentially enable attackers to target your resources. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 3.0.0
Allowlist rules in your adaptive application control policy should be updated Monitor for changes in behavior on groups of machines configured for auditing by Azure Security Center's adaptive application controls. Security Center uses machine learning to analyze the running processes on your machines and suggest a list of known-safe applications. These are presented as recommended apps to allow in adaptive application control policies. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 3.0.0
API endpoints in Azure API Management should be authenticated API endpoints published within Azure API Management should enforce authentication to help minimize security risk. Authentication mechanisms are sometimes implemented incorrectly or are missing. This allows attackers to exploit implementation flaws and to access data. Learn More about the OWASP API Threat for Broken User Authentication here: https://learn.microsoft.com/azure/api-management/mitigate-owasp-api-threats#broken-user-authentication AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 1.0.1
API endpoints that are unused should be disabled and removed from the Azure API Management service As a security best practice, API endpoints that haven't received traffic for 30 days are considered unused and should be removed from the Azure API Management service. Keeping unused API endpoints may pose a security risk to your organization. These may be APIs that should have been deprecated from the Azure API Management service but may have been accidentally left active. Such APIs typically do not receive the most up to date security coverage. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 1.0.1
Authorized IP ranges should be defined on Kubernetes Services Restrict access to the Kubernetes Service Management API by granting API access only to IP addresses in specific ranges. It is recommended to limit access to authorized IP ranges to ensure that only applications from allowed networks can access the cluster. Audit, Disabled 2.0.1
Auto provisioning of the Log Analytics agent should be enabled on your subscription To monitor for security vulnerabilities and threats, Azure Security Center collects data from your Azure virtual machines. Data is collected by the Log Analytics agent, formerly known as the Microsoft Monitoring Agent (MMA), which reads various security-related configurations and event logs from the machine and copies the data to your Log Analytics workspace for analysis. We recommend enabling auto provisioning to automatically deploy the agent to all supported Azure VMs and any new ones that are created. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 1.0.1
Azure DDoS Protection should be enabled DDoS protection should be enabled for all virtual networks with a subnet that is part of an application gateway with a public IP. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 3.0.1
Azure Defender for App Service should be enabled Azure Defender for App Service leverages the scale of the cloud, and the visibility that Azure has as a cloud provider, to monitor for common web app attacks. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 1.0.3
Azure Defender for Azure SQL Database servers should be enabled Azure Defender for SQL provides functionality for surfacing and mitigating potential database vulnerabilities, detecting anomalous activities that could indicate threats to SQL databases, and discovering and classifying sensitive data. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 1.0.2
Azure Defender for Key Vault should be enabled Azure Defender for Key Vault provides an additional layer of protection and security intelligence by detecting unusual and potentially harmful attempts to access or exploit key vault accounts. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 1.0.3
Azure Defender for open-source relational databases should be enabled Azure Defender for open-source relational databases detects anomalous activities indicating unusual and potentially harmful attempts to access or exploit databases. Learn more about the capabilities of Azure Defender for open-source relational databases at https://aka.ms/AzDforOpenSourceDBsDocu. Important: Enabling this plan will result in charges for protecting your open-source relational databases. Learn about the pricing on Security Center's pricing page: https://aka.ms/pricing-security-center AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 1.0.0
Azure Defender for Resource Manager should be enabled Azure Defender for Resource Manager automatically monitors the resource management operations in your organization. Azure Defender detects threats and alerts you about suspicious activity. Learn more about the capabilities of Azure Defender for Resource Manager at https://aka.ms/defender-for-resource-manager . Enabling this Azure Defender plan results in charges. Learn about the pricing details per region on Security Center's pricing page: https://aka.ms/pricing-security-center . AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 1.0.0
Azure Defender for servers should be enabled Azure Defender for servers provides real-time threat protection for server workloads and generates hardening recommendations as well as alerts about suspicious activities. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 1.0.3
Azure Defender for SQL servers on machines should be enabled Azure Defender for SQL provides functionality for surfacing and mitigating potential database vulnerabilities, detecting anomalous activities that could indicate threats to SQL databases, and discovering and classifying sensitive data. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 1.0.2
Azure Defender for SQL should be enabled for unprotected PostgreSQL flexible servers Audit PostgreSQL flexible servers without Advanced Data Security AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 1.0.0
Azure registry container images should have vulnerabilities resolved (powered by Microsoft Defender Vulnerability Management) Container image vulnerability assessment scans your registry for commonly known vulnerabilities (CVEs) and provides a detailed vulnerability report for each image. Resolving vulnerabilities can greatly improve your security posture, ensuring images are safe to use prior to deployment. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 1.0.1
Azure registry container images should have vulnerabilities resolved (powered by Qualys) Container image vulnerability assessment scans your registry for security vulnerabilities and exposes detailed findings for each image. Resolving the vulnerabilities can greatly improve your containers' security posture and protect them from attacks. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 2.0.2
Azure Role-Based Access Control (RBAC) should be used on Kubernetes Services To provide granular filtering on the actions that users can perform, use Azure Role-Based Access Control (RBAC) to manage permissions in Kubernetes Service Clusters and configure relevant authorization policies. Audit, Disabled 1.0.3
Azure running container images should have vulnerabilities resolved (powered by Microsoft Defender Vulnerability Management) Container image vulnerability assessment scans your registry for commonly known vulnerabilities (CVEs) and provides a detailed vulnerability report for each image. This recommendation provides visibility to vulnerable images currently running in your Kubernetes clusters. Remediating vulnerabilities in container images that are currently running is key to improving your security posture, significantly reducing the attack surface for your containerized workloads. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 1.0.1
Azure running container images should have vulnerabilities resolved (powered by Qualys) Container image vulnerability assessment scans container images running on your Kubernetes clusters for security vulnerabilities and exposes detailed findings for each image. Resolving the vulnerabilities can greatly improve your containers' security posture and protect them from attacks. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 1.0.3
Blocked accounts with owner permissions on Azure resources should be removed Deprecated accounts with owner permissions should be removed from your subscription. Deprecated accounts are accounts that have been blocked from signing in. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 1.0.0
Blocked accounts with read and write permissions on Azure resources should be removed Deprecated accounts should be removed from your subscriptions. Deprecated accounts are accounts that have been blocked from signing in. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 1.0.0
Cloud Services (extended support) role instances should be configured securely Protect your Cloud Service (extended support) role instances from attacks by ensuring they are not expolosed to any OS vulnerabilities. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 1.0.0
Cloud Services (extended support) role instances should have an endpoint protection solution installed Protect your Cloud Services (extended support) role instances from threats and vulnerabilities by ensuring an endpoint protection solution is installed on them. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 1.0.0
Cloud Services (extended support) role instances should have system updates installed Secure your Cloud Services (extended support) role instances by ensuring the latest security and critical updates are installed on them. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 1.0.0
Configure Advanced Threat Protection to be enabled on Azure database for PostgreSQL flexible servers Enable Advanced Threat Protection on your Azure database for PostgreSQL flexible servers to detect anomalous activities indicating unusual and potentially harmful attempts to access or exploit databases. DeployIfNotExists, Disabled 1.1.0
Configure Arc-enabled SQL Servers to automatically install Azure Monitor Agent Automate the deployment of Azure Monitor Agent extension on your Windows Arc-enabled SQL Servers. Learn more: https://aka.ms/AMAOverview. DeployIfNotExists, Disabled 1.3.0
Configure Arc-enabled SQL Servers to automatically install Microsoft Defender for SQL Configure Windows Arc-enabled SQL Servers to automatically install the Microsoft Defender for SQL agent. Microsoft Defender for SQL collects events from the agent and uses them to provide security alerts and tailored hardening tasks (recommendations). DeployIfNotExists, Disabled 1.2.0
Configure Arc-enabled SQL Servers to automatically install Microsoft Defender for SQL and DCR with a Log Analytics workspace Microsoft Defender for SQL collects events from the agent and uses them to provide security alerts and tailored hardening tasks (recommendations). Create a resource group, a Data Collection Rule and Log Analytics workspace in the same region as the machine. DeployIfNotExists, Disabled 1.3.0
Configure Arc-enabled SQL Servers to automatically install Microsoft Defender for SQL and DCR with a user-defined LA workspace Microsoft Defender for SQL collects events from the agent and uses them to provide security alerts and tailored hardening tasks (recommendations). Create a resource group and a Data Collection Rule in the same region as the user-defined Log Analytics workspace. DeployIfNotExists, Disabled 1.4.0
Configure Arc-enabled SQL Servers with Data Collection Rule Association to Microsoft Defender for SQL DCR Configure association between Arc-enabled SQL Servers and the Microsoft Defender for SQL DCR. Deleting this association will break the detection of security vulnerabilities for this Arc-enabled SQL Servers. DeployIfNotExists, Disabled 1.1.0
Configure Arc-enabled SQL Servers with Data Collection Rule Association to Microsoft Defender for SQL user-defined DCR Configure association between Arc-enabled SQL Servers and the Microsoft Defender for SQL user-defined DCR. Deleting this association will break the detection of security vulnerabilities for this Arc-enabled SQL Servers. DeployIfNotExists, Disabled 1.2.0
Configure Azure Defender for App Service to be enabled Azure Defender for App Service leverages the scale of the cloud, and the visibility that Azure has as a cloud provider, to monitor for common web app attacks. DeployIfNotExists, Disabled 1.0.1
Configure Azure Defender for Azure SQL database to be enabled Azure Defender for SQL provides functionality for surfacing and mitigating potential database vulnerabilities, detecting anomalous activities that could indicate threats to SQL databases, and discovering and classifying sensitive data. DeployIfNotExists, Disabled 1.0.1
Configure Azure Defender for open-source relational databases to be enabled Azure Defender for open-source relational databases detects anomalous activities indicating unusual and potentially harmful attempts to access or exploit databases. Learn more about the capabilities of Azure Defender for open-source relational databases at https://aka.ms/AzDforOpenSourceDBsDocu. Important: Enabling this plan will result in charges for protecting your open-source relational databases. Learn about the pricing on Security Center's pricing page: https://aka.ms/pricing-security-center DeployIfNotExists, Disabled 1.0.0
Configure Azure Defender for Resource Manager to be enabled Azure Defender for Resource Manager automatically monitors the resource management operations in your organization. Azure Defender detects threats and alerts you about suspicious activity. Learn more about the capabilities of Azure Defender for Resource Manager at https://aka.ms/defender-for-resource-manager . Enabling this Azure Defender plan results in charges. Learn about the pricing details per region on Security Center's pricing page: https://aka.ms/pricing-security-center . DeployIfNotExists, Disabled 1.1.0
Configure Azure Defender for servers to be enabled Azure Defender for servers provides real-time threat protection for server workloads and generates hardening recommendations as well as alerts about suspicious activities. DeployIfNotExists, Disabled 1.0.1
Configure Azure Defender for SQL servers on machines to be enabled Azure Defender for SQL provides functionality for surfacing and mitigating potential database vulnerabilities, detecting anomalous activities that could indicate threats to SQL databases, and discovering and classifying sensitive data. DeployIfNotExists, Disabled 1.0.1
Configure basic Microsoft Defender for Storage to be enabled (Activity Monitoring only) Microsoft Defender for Storage is an Azure-native layer of security intelligence that detects potential threats to your storage accounts. This policy will enable the basic Defender for Storage capabilities (Activity Monitoring). To enable full protection, which also includes On-upload Malware Scanning and Sensitive Data Threat Detection use the full enablement policy: aka.ms/DefenderForStoragePolicy. To learn more about Defender for Storage capabilities and benefits, visit aka.ms/DefenderForStorage. DeployIfNotExists, Disabled 1.1.0
Configure machines to receive a vulnerability assessment provider Azure Defender includes vulnerability scanning for your machines at no extra cost. You don't need a Qualys license or even a Qualys account - everything's handled seamlessly inside Security Center. When you enable this policy, Azure Defender automatically deploys the Qualys vulnerability assessment provider to all supported machines that don't already have it installed. DeployIfNotExists, Disabled 4.0.0
Configure Microsoft Defender CSPM plan Defender Cloud Security Posture Management (CSPM) provides enhanced posture capabilities and a new intelligent cloud security graph to help identify, prioritize, and reduce risk. Defender CSPM is available in addition to the free foundational security posture capabilities turned on by default in Defender for Cloud. DeployIfNotExists, Disabled 1.0.0
Configure Microsoft Defender CSPM to be enabled Defender Cloud Security Posture Management (CSPM) provides enhanced posture capabilities and a new intelligent cloud security graph to help identify, prioritize, and reduce risk. Defender CSPM is available in addition to the free foundational security posture capabilities turned on by default in Defender for Cloud. DeployIfNotExists, Disabled 1.0.2
Configure Microsoft Defender for Azure Cosmos DB to be enabled Microsoft Defender for Azure Cosmos DB is an Azure-native layer of security that detects attempts to exploit databases in your Azure Cosmos DB accounts. Defender for Azure Cosmos DB detects potential SQL injections, known bad actors based on Microsoft Threat Intelligence, suspicious access patterns, and potential exploitations of your database through compromised identities or malicious insiders. DeployIfNotExists, Disabled 1.0.0
Configure Microsoft Defender for Containers plan New capabilities are continuously being added to Defender for Containers plan, which may require the user's explicit enablement. Use this policy to make sure all new capabilities will be enabled. DeployIfNotExists, Disabled 1.0.0
Configure Microsoft Defender for Containers to be enabled Microsoft Defender for Containers provides hardening, vulnerability assessment and run-time protections for your Azure, hybrid, and multi-cloud Kubernetes environments. DeployIfNotExists, Disabled 1.0.1
Configure Microsoft Defender for Endpoint integration settings with Microsoft Defender for Cloud (WDATP_EXCLUDE_LINUX...) Configures the Microsoft Defender for Endpoint integration settings, within Microsoft Defender for Cloud (also known as WDATP_EXCLUDE_LINUX_...), for enabling auto provisioning of MDE for Linux servers. WDATP setting must be turned on for this setting to be applied. See: https://learn.microsoft.com/azure/defender-for-cloud/integration-defender-for-endpoint for more information. DeployIfNotExists, Disabled 1.0.0
Configure Microsoft Defender for Endpoint integration settings with Microsoft Defender for Cloud (WDATP_UNIFIED_SOLUTION) Configures the Microsoft Defender for Endpoint integration settings, within Microsoft Defender for Cloud (also known as WDATP_UNIFIED_SOLUTION), for enabling auto provisioning of MDE Unified Agent for Windows Server 2012R2 and 2016. WDATP setting must be turned on for this setting to be applied. See: https://learn.microsoft.com/azure/defender-for-cloud/integration-defender-for-endpoint for more information. DeployIfNotExists, Disabled 1.0.0
Configure Microsoft Defender for Endpoint integration settings with Microsoft Defender for Cloud (WDATP) Configures the Microsoft Defender for Endpoint integration settings, within Microsoft Defender for Cloud (also known as WDATP), for Windows downlevel machines onboarded to MDE via MMA, and auto provisioning of MDE on Windows Server 2019 , Windows Virtual Desktop and above. Must be turned on in order for the other settings (WDATP_UNIFIED, etc.) to work. See: https://learn.microsoft.com/azure/defender-for-cloud/integration-defender-for-endpoint for more information. DeployIfNotExists, Disabled 1.0.0
Configure Microsoft Defender for Key Vault plan Microsoft Defender for Key Vault provides an additional layer of protection and security intelligence by detecting unusual and potentially harmful attempts to access or exploit key vault accounts. DeployIfNotExists, Disabled 1.1.0
Configure Microsoft Defender for Servers plan New capabilities are continuously being added to Defender for Servers, which may require the user's explicit enablement. Use this policy to make sure all new capabilities will be enabled. DeployIfNotExists, Disabled 1.0.0
Configure Microsoft Defender for SQL to be enabled on Synapse workspaces Enable Microsoft Defender for SQL on your Azure Synapse workspaces to detect anomalous activities indicating unusual and potentially harmful attempts to access or exploit SQL databases. DeployIfNotExists, Disabled 1.0.0
Configure Microsoft Defender for Storage (Classic) to be enabled Microsoft Defender for Storage (Classic) provides detections of unusual and potentially harmful attempts to access or exploit storage accounts. DeployIfNotExists, Disabled 1.0.2
Configure Microsoft Defender for Storage to be enabled Microsoft Defender for Storage is an Azure-native layer of security intelligence that detects potential threats to your storage accounts. This policy will enable all Defender for Storage capabilities; Activity Monitoring, Malware Scanning and Sensitive Data Threat Detection. To learn more about Defender for Storage capabilities and benefits, visit aka.ms/DefenderForStorage. DeployIfNotExists, Disabled 1.1.0
Configure SQL Virtual Machines to automatically install Azure Monitor Agent Automate the deployment of Azure Monitor Agent extension on your Windows SQL Virtual Machines. Learn more: https://aka.ms/AMAOverview. DeployIfNotExists, Disabled 1.3.0
Configure SQL Virtual Machines to automatically install Microsoft Defender for SQL Configure Windows SQL Virtual Machines to automatically install the Microsoft Defender for SQL extension. Microsoft Defender for SQL collects events from the agent and uses them to provide security alerts and tailored hardening tasks (recommendations). DeployIfNotExists, Disabled 1.3.0
Configure SQL Virtual Machines to automatically install Microsoft Defender for SQL and DCR with a Log Analytics workspace Microsoft Defender for SQL collects events from the agent and uses them to provide security alerts and tailored hardening tasks (recommendations). Create a resource group, a Data Collection Rule and Log Analytics workspace in the same region as the machine. DeployIfNotExists, Disabled 1.4.0
Configure SQL Virtual Machines to automatically install Microsoft Defender for SQL and DCR with a user-defined LA workspace Microsoft Defender for SQL collects events from the agent and uses them to provide security alerts and tailored hardening tasks (recommendations). Create a resource group and a Data Collection Rule in the same region as the user-defined Log Analytics workspace. DeployIfNotExists, Disabled 1.4.0
Configure the Microsoft Defender for SQL Log Analytics workspace Microsoft Defender for SQL collects events from the agent and uses them to provide security alerts and tailored hardening tasks (recommendations). Create a resource group and Log Analytics workspace in the same region as the machine. DeployIfNotExists, Disabled 1.2.0
Create and assign a built-in user-assigned managed identity Create and assign a built-in user-assigned managed identity at scale to SQL virtual machines. AuditIfNotExists, DeployIfNotExists, Disabled 1.4.0
Deploy - Configure suppression rules for Azure Security Center alerts Suppress Azure Security Center alerts to reduce alerts fatigue by deploying suppression rules on your management group or subscription. deployIfNotExists 1.0.0
Deploy export to Event Hub as a trusted service for Microsoft Defender for Cloud data Enable export to Event Hub as a trusted service of Microsoft Defender for Cloud data. This policy deploys an export to Event Hub as a trusted service configuration with your conditions and target Event Hub on the assigned scope. To deploy this policy on newly created subscriptions, open the Compliance tab, select the relevant non-compliant assignment and create a remediation task. DeployIfNotExists, Disabled 1.0.0
Deploy export to Event Hub for Microsoft Defender for Cloud data Enable export to Event Hub of Microsoft Defender for Cloud data. This policy deploys an export to Event Hub configuration with your conditions and target Event Hub on the assigned scope. To deploy this policy on newly created subscriptions, open the Compliance tab, select the relevant non-compliant assignment and create a remediation task. deployIfNotExists 4.2.0
Deploy export to Log Analytics workspace for Microsoft Defender for Cloud data Enable export to Log Analytics workspace of Microsoft Defender for Cloud data. This policy deploys an export to Log Analytics workspace configuration with your conditions and target workspace on the assigned scope. To deploy this policy on newly created subscriptions, open the Compliance tab, select the relevant non-compliant assignment and create a remediation task. deployIfNotExists 4.1.0
Deploy Workflow Automation for Microsoft Defender for Cloud alerts Enable automation of Microsoft Defender for Cloud alerts. This policy deploys a workflow automation with your conditions and triggers on the assigned scope. To deploy this policy on newly created subscriptions, open the Compliance tab, select the relevant non-compliant assignment and create a remediation task. deployIfNotExists 5.0.1
Deploy Workflow Automation for Microsoft Defender for Cloud recommendations Enable automation of Microsoft Defender for Cloud recommendations. This policy deploys a workflow automation with your conditions and triggers on the assigned scope. To deploy this policy on newly created subscriptions, open the Compliance tab, select the relevant non-compliant assignment and create a remediation task. deployIfNotExists 5.0.1
Deploy Workflow Automation for Microsoft Defender for Cloud regulatory compliance Enable automation of Microsoft Defender for Cloud regulatory compliance. This policy deploys a workflow automation with your conditions and triggers on the assigned scope. To deploy this policy on newly created subscriptions, open the Compliance tab, select the relevant non-compliant assignment and create a remediation task. deployIfNotExists 5.0.1
Email notification for high severity alerts should be enabled To ensure the relevant people in your organization are notified when there is a potential security breach in one of your subscriptions, enable email notifications for high severity alerts in Security Center. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 1.0.1
Email notification to subscription owner for high severity alerts should be enabled To ensure your subscription owners are notified when there is a potential security breach in their subscription, set email notifications to subscription owners for high severity alerts in Security Center. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 2.0.0
Enable Microsoft Defender for Cloud on your subscription Identifies existing subscriptions that aren't monitored by Microsoft Defender for Cloud and protects them with Defender for Cloud's free features. Subscriptions already monitored will be considered compliant. To register newly created subscriptions, open the compliance tab, select the relevant non-compliant assignment, and create a remediation task. deployIfNotExists 1.0.1
Enable Security Center's auto provisioning of the Log Analytics agent on your subscriptions with custom workspace. Allow Security Center to auto provision the Log Analytics agent on your subscriptions to monitor and collect security data using a custom workspace. DeployIfNotExists, Disabled 1.0.0
Enable Security Center's auto provisioning of the Log Analytics agent on your subscriptions with default workspace. Allow Security Center to auto provision the Log Analytics agent on your subscriptions to monitor and collect security data using ASC default workspace. DeployIfNotExists, Disabled 1.0.0
Endpoint protection health issues should be resolved on your machines Resolve endpoint protection health issues on your virtual machines to protect them from latest threats and vulnerabilities. Azure Security Center supported endpoint protection solutions are documented here - https://docs.microsoft.com/azure/security-center/security-center-services?tabs=features-windows#supported-endpoint-protection-solutions. Endpoint protection assessment is documented here - https://docs.microsoft.com/azure/security-center/security-center-endpoint-protection. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 1.0.0
Endpoint protection should be installed on your machines To protect your machines from threats and vulnerabilities, install a supported endpoint protection solution. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 1.0.0
Endpoint protection solution should be installed on virtual machine scale sets Audit the existence and health of an endpoint protection solution on your virtual machines scale sets, to protect them from threats and vulnerabilities. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 3.0.0
Guest accounts with owner permissions on Azure resources should be removed External accounts with owner permissions should be removed from your subscription in order to prevent unmonitored access. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 1.0.0
Guest accounts with read permissions on Azure resources should be removed External accounts with read privileges should be removed from your subscription in order to prevent unmonitored access. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 1.0.0
Guest accounts with write permissions on Azure resources should be removed External accounts with write privileges should be removed from your subscription in order to prevent unmonitored access. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 1.0.0
Guest Configuration extension should be installed on your machines To ensure secure configurations of in-guest settings of your machine, install the Guest Configuration extension. In-guest settings that the extension monitors include the configuration of the operating system, application configuration or presence, and environment settings. Once installed, in-guest policies will be available such as 'Windows Exploit guard should be enabled'. Learn more at https://aka.ms/gcpol. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 1.0.3
Internet-facing virtual machines should be protected with network security groups Protect your virtual machines from potential threats by restricting access to them with network security groups (NSG). Learn more about controlling traffic with NSGs at https://aka.ms/nsg-doc AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 3.0.0
IP Forwarding on your virtual machine should be disabled Enabling IP forwarding on a virtual machine's NIC allows the machine to receive traffic addressed to other destinations. IP forwarding is rarely required (e.g., when using the VM as a network virtual appliance), and therefore, this should be reviewed by the network security team. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 3.0.0
Kubernetes Services should be upgraded to a non-vulnerable Kubernetes version Upgrade your Kubernetes service cluster to a later Kubernetes version to protect against known vulnerabilities in your current Kubernetes version. Vulnerability CVE-2019-9946 has been patched in Kubernetes versions 1.11.9+, 1.12.7+, 1.13.5+, and 1.14.0+ Audit, Disabled 1.0.2
Log Analytics agent should be installed on your Cloud Services (extended support) role instances Security Center collects data from your Cloud Services (extended support) role instances to monitor for security vulnerabilities and threats. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 2.0.0
Log Analytics agent should be installed on your virtual machine for Azure Security Center monitoring This policy audits any Windows/Linux virtual machines (VMs) if the Log Analytics agent is not installed which Security Center uses to monitor for security vulnerabilities and threats AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 1.0.0
Log Analytics agent should be installed on your virtual machine scale sets for Azure Security Center monitoring Security Center collects data from your Azure virtual machines (VMs) to monitor for security vulnerabilities and threats. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 1.0.0
Machines should have secret findings resolved Audits virtual machines to detect whether they contain secret findings from the secret scanning solutions on your virtual machines. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 1.0.2
Management ports of virtual machines should be protected with just-in-time network access control Possible network Just In Time (JIT) access will be monitored by Azure Security Center as recommendations AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 3.0.0
Management ports should be closed on your virtual machines Open remote management ports are exposing your VM to a high level of risk from Internet-based attacks. These attacks attempt to brute force credentials to gain admin access to the machine. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 3.0.0
Microsoft Defender CSPM should be enabled Defender Cloud Security Posture Management (CSPM) provides enhanced posture capabilities and a new intelligent cloud security graph to help identify, prioritize, and reduce risk. Defender CSPM is available in addition to the free foundational security posture capabilities turned on by default in Defender for Cloud. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 1.0.0
Microsoft Defender for APIs should be enabled Microsoft Defender for APIs brings new discovery, protection, detection, & response coverage to monitor for common API based attacks & security misconfigurations. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 1.0.3
Microsoft Defender for Azure Cosmos DB should be enabled Microsoft Defender for Azure Cosmos DB is an Azure-native layer of security that detects attempts to exploit databases in your Azure Cosmos DB accounts. Defender for Azure Cosmos DB detects potential SQL injections, known bad actors based on Microsoft Threat Intelligence, suspicious access patterns, and potential exploitations of your database through compromised identities or malicious insiders. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 1.0.0
Microsoft Defender for Containers should be enabled Microsoft Defender for Containers provides hardening, vulnerability assessment and run-time protections for your Azure, hybrid, and multi-cloud Kubernetes environments. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 1.0.0
Microsoft Defender for SQL should be enabled for unprotected Synapse workspaces Enable Defender for SQL to protect your Synapse workspaces. Defender for SQL monitors your Synapse SQL to detect anomalous activities indicating unusual and potentially harmful attempts to access or exploit databases. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 1.0.0
Microsoft Defender for SQL status should be protected for Arc-enabled SQL Servers Microsoft Defender for SQL provides functionality for surfacing and mitigating potential database vulnerabilities, detecting anomalous activities that could indicate threats to SQL databases, discovering and classifying sensitive data. Once enabled, the protection status indicates that the resource is actively monitored. Even when Defender is enabled, multiple configuration settings should be validated on the agent, machine, workspace and SQL server to ensure active protection. Audit, Disabled 1.0.1
Microsoft Defender for Storage should be enabled Microsoft Defender for Storage detects potential threats to your storage accounts. It helps prevent the three major impacts on your data and workload: malicious file uploads, sensitive data exfiltration, and data corruption. The new Defender for Storage plan includes Malware Scanning and Sensitive Data Threat Detection. This plan also provides a predictable pricing structure (per storage account) for control over coverage and costs. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 1.0.0
Monitor missing Endpoint Protection in Azure Security Center Servers without an installed Endpoint Protection agent will be monitored by Azure Security Center as recommendations AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 3.0.0
Non-internet-facing virtual machines should be protected with network security groups Protect your non-internet-facing virtual machines from potential threats by restricting access with network security groups (NSG). Learn more about controlling traffic with NSGs at https://aka.ms/nsg-doc AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 3.0.0
Security Center standard pricing tier should be selected The standard pricing tier enables threat detection for networks and virtual machines, providing threat intelligence, anomaly detection, and behavior analytics in Azure Security Center Audit, Disabled 1.1.0
Setup subscriptions to transition to an alternative vulnerability assessment solution Microsoft Defender for cloud offers vulnerability scanning for your machines at no extra cost. Enabling this policy will cause Defender for Cloud to automatically propagate the findings from the built-in Microsoft Defender vulnerability management solution to all supported machines. DeployIfNotExists, Disabled 1.0.0-preview
SQL databases should have vulnerability findings resolved Monitor vulnerability assessment scan results and recommendations for how to remediate database vulnerabilities. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 4.1.0
SQL server-targeted autoprovisioning should be enabled for SQL servers on machines plan To ensure your SQL VMs and Arc-enabled SQL Servers are protected, ensure the SQL-targeted Azure Monitoring Agent is configured to automatically deploy. This is also necessary if you've previously configured autoprovisioning of the Microsoft Monitoring Agent, as that component is being deprecated. Learn more: https://aka.ms/SQLAMAMigration AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 1.0.0
SQL servers on machines should have vulnerability findings resolved SQL vulnerability assessment scans your database for security vulnerabilities, and exposes any deviations from best practices such as misconfigurations, excessive permissions, and unprotected sensitive data. Resolving the vulnerabilities found can greatly improve your database security posture. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 1.0.0
Subnets should be associated with a Network Security Group Protect your subnet from potential threats by restricting access to it with a Network Security Group (NSG). NSGs contain a list of Access Control List (ACL) rules that allow or deny network traffic to your subnet. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 3.0.0
Subscriptions should have a contact email address for security issues To ensure the relevant people in your organization are notified when there is a potential security breach in one of your subscriptions, set a security contact to receive email notifications from Security Center. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 1.0.1
System updates on virtual machine scale sets should be installed Audit whether there are any missing system security updates and critical updates that should be installed to ensure that your Windows and Linux virtual machine scale sets are secure. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 3.0.0
System updates should be installed on your machines Missing security system updates on your servers will be monitored by Azure Security Center as recommendations AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 4.0.0
There should be more than one owner assigned to your subscription It is recommended to designate more than one subscription owner in order to have administrator access redundancy. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 3.0.0
Virtual machines should encrypt temp disks, caches, and data flows between Compute and Storage resources By default, a virtual machine's OS and data disks are encrypted-at-rest using platform-managed keys. Temp disks, data caches and data flowing between compute and storage aren't encrypted. Disregard this recommendation if: 1. using encryption-at-host, or 2. server-side encryption on Managed Disks meets your security requirements. Learn more in: Server-side encryption of Azure Disk Storage: https://aka.ms/disksse, Different disk encryption offerings: https://aka.ms/diskencryptioncomparison AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 2.0.3
Virtual machines' Guest Configuration extension should be deployed with system-assigned managed identity The Guest Configuration extension requires a system assigned managed identity. Azure virtual machines in the scope of this policy will be non-compliant when they have the Guest Configuration extension installed but do not have a system assigned managed identity. Learn more at https://aka.ms/gcpol AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 1.0.1
Vulnerabilities in container security configurations should be remediated Audit vulnerabilities in security configuration on machines with Docker installed and display as recommendations in Azure Security Center. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 3.0.0
Vulnerabilities in security configuration on your machines should be remediated Servers which do not satisfy the configured baseline will be monitored by Azure Security Center as recommendations AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 3.1.0
Vulnerabilities in security configuration on your virtual machine scale sets should be remediated Audit the OS vulnerabilities on your virtual machine scale sets to protect them from attacks. AuditIfNotExists, Disabled 3.0.0

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In this article, you learned about Azure Policy security policy definitions in Defender for Cloud. To learn more about initiatives, policies, and how they relate to Defender for Cloud's recommendations, see What are security policies, initiatives, and recommendations?.