Security in Microsoft Cloud for Nonprofit

Microsoft’s approach to securing data relies on an understanding of shared responsibility in the cloud model.

Microsoft cloud services are built on a foundation of trust and security. Microsoft enables the best in breed security controls, monitoring, and protections to ensure that when you come to the cloud it's trustworthy.

The security of your Microsoft cloud service is an operational partnership between Microsoft and you.

You own your data and all user identities. You're responsible for protecting them, the security of your on-premises resources, and the security of cloud components you control (varies by service).
Responsibility On-premises IaaS PaaS SaaS
Customer data
Configurations and settings
Identities and users
Client devices
Network controls
Operating system
Physical hosts
Physical network
Physical data center

■ Customer       ◩ Shared       ☐ Microsoft

Microsoft commitment to secure solutions

Microsoft uses the best development and operation practices outlined in Microsoft Security Development Lifecycle (SDL) and Microsoft Operational Security Assurance (OSA). Microsoft developers are required to validate that source code, documentation, configurations, and dependencies don’t cause unintended side effects. For more information, go to Security development and operations overview.

The data security section in Microsoft Products and Services Data Protection Addendum (DPA) describes the security practices and policies adopted by Microsoft online services.

Shared responsibility and customer responsibilities

We recommend that you follow a set of best practices when deploying into Azure. These best practices help ensure that your data is secure and your privacy controls are addressed.

Protecting your data also requires that all aspects of your security and compliance program include your cloud infrastructure and data. The following guidance can help you to secure your deployment.

Microsoft Purview for data governance and inventory discovery

One of the most essential aspects of a security model is ensuring that your data stored in the cloud, hybrid, and on premise is classified and cataloged. Microsoft Purview can help you assess and inventory your network.

Microsoft Purview can connect to and classify the following services used in Microsoft Cloud for Nonprofit:

Microsoft Defender for Cloud protects your deployment

You can use Defender for Cloud to protect Microsoft Cloud for Nonprofit. Defender for Cloud provides Cloud Security Posture Management (CSPM) and Cloud Workload Protection Platform (CWPP) for all of your Azure, on-premises, and multicloud (Amazon AWS and Google GCP) resources. Defender for Cloud fills three vital needs as you manage the security of your resources and workloads in the cloud and on-premises:

  • Defender for Cloud secure score: Continually assesses your security posture so you can track new security opportunities and precisely report on the progress of your security efforts.
  • Defender for Cloud recommendations: Secures your workloads with step-by-step actions that protect your workloads from known security risks.
  • Defender for Cloud alerts: Defends your workloads in real-time so you can react immediately and prevent security events from developing.

Defender for Cloud can protect the following elements of Microsoft Cloud for Nonprofit:

Microsoft Sentinel cloud-based security operations

Microsoft Sentinel delivers intelligent security analytics and threat intelligence across your enterprise. You can integrate the following services used in Microsoft Cloud for Nonprofit into Microsoft Sentinel. Sentinel provides a full view of your security information and event management (SIEM) and security orchestration, automation, and response (SOAR) solution.

For guidance on deploying, managing, and using Microsoft Sentinel, go to Best practices for Microsoft Sentinel.

Configuring your auditable logs in Office 365 gives you a richer view of your data. Microsoft provides an extensive set of logging and audit capabilities in the following portals:

You can enable logging and monitoring for each service capability:

See also

Security center
Microsoft Power Platform security documentation
Trust Center
Resources for Software Assurance
Azure Government security