Enable Microsoft Defender for Cloud database plans

This article explains how to enable Microsoft Defender for Cloud's database protections for the most common database types, within Azure, hybrid, and multicloud environments.

Defender for Cloud database protections let you protect your entire database estate with attack detection and threat response for the most popular database types in Azure. Defender for Cloud provides protection for the database engines and for data types, according to their attack surface and security risks.

Database protection includes:

When you turn on database protection, you enable all of these Defender plans and protect all of the supported databases in your subscription. If you only want to protect specific types of databases, you can also turn on the database plans individually and exclude specific database resource types.

Defender for Cloud’s database protection detects unusual and potentially harmful attempts to access or exploit your databases. Advanced threat detection capabilities and Microsoft Threat Intelligence data are used to provide contextual security alerts. The alerts include steps to mitigate the detected threats and prevent future attacks.


You must have:

Enable database protection on your subscription

To enable Defender for Databases on a specific subscription:

  1. Sign in to the Azure portal.

  2. Navigate to Microsoft Defender for Cloud > Environment settings.

  3. Select the relevant subscription.

  4. Either:

    • Protect all database types - Select On in the Databases section to protect all database types.

    • Protect specific database types:

      1. Select Select types to see the list of Defender plans for databases.

        Screenshot showing the toggles to enable specific resource types.

      2. Select On for each database type that you want to protect.

        Screenshot showing the types of resources available.

      3. Select Continue.

  5. Select Save.

Next steps

In this article, you learned how to enable Microsoft Defender for Cloud for all database types on your subscription. Next, read more about each of the resource types: