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CIS Microsoft Azure Foundations Benchmark v1.3.0 

Today the Center for Internet Security (CIS) announced the CIS Microsoft Azure Foundations Benchmark v1.3.0The scope of CIS Microsoft Azure Foundations Benchmark is to establish the foundation level of security while adopting Microsoft Azure Cloud. This benchmark includes the following control areas:  

  • Identity and Access Management 
  • Security Center 
  • Storage Accounts 
  • Database Services 
  • Logging and Monitoring 
  • Networking 
  • Virtual Machines 
  • Other Security Considerations 
  • AppService 

Azure Security Benchmark v2.0

On the Microsoft side, Azure Security Benchmarkis the benchmark developed by Azure that includes a collection of high-impact security recommendations that you can use to secure the services in Azure. The Azure Security Benchmark includes security controls and service baselines: 

  • Security controls: These recommendations are a high-level description of a feature or activity that needs to be addressed and is not specific to a technology or implementation. The controls are applicable across customer Azure tenant and Azure services. Each recommendation identifies a list of stakeholders that are typically involved in planning, approval, or implementation of the benchmark. Customers may use this stakeholder to determine the persona and assign role and responsibilities when implementing these recommendations. There are a total of 11 security control domains included in the Azure Security Benchmark v2.  
  • Service baselines: These apply the controls to individual Azure services to provide recommendations on that service’s security configuration. The baseline currently covers over 85 Azure services. 

The CIS Microsoft Azure Foundations Benchmarks v1.3.0 is in alignment with Microsoft recommended security best practices. A mapping between the Azure Security Benchmark v2 and CIS Microsoft Azure Foundations Benchmark v1.3.0 is available here. If you are already using either benchmark to secure your Azure environment, this mapping provides a direct reference of the synergy between the CIS Microsoft Azure Foundations Benchmark v1.3.0 and Azure Security Benchmark v2.

  

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What’s next...

Azure Security Center now provides monitoring of Azure Security Benchmark by default to all Azure Security Center customers, including Azure Security Center free tier as well as the existing Azure Defender customers. You can also monitor the compliance status with the CIS Microsoft Azure Foundations Benchmark in the Azure Security Center Regulatory Compliance Dashboard by enabling Azure Defender. We currently support monitoring the version v1.1 of the CIS Microsoft Azure Foundations Benchmark and are working towards the release of an update to monitor the new v1.3.0 Benchmark and mapping to ASB v2 in upcoming weeks. 

 

We would love to hear your feedback on how our benchmark is working for you. You can reach us by sending an email.