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Microsoft Defender for Cloud Now Supports CIS Azure Security Foundations Benchmark 2.0.0
Published Oct 17 2023 03:05 PM 9,141 Views
We are thrilled to announce that Microsoft Defender for Cloud, in collaboration with the Center for Internet Security (CIS), now supports the latest CIS Azure Security Foundations Benchmark - version 2.0.0. This release also includes the new corresponding built-in policy initiative in the Azure Policy blade.  


Please refer to our product documentation to learn how to add CIS Azure Security Foundations Benchmark 2.0.0 to your dashboard. 
The release of CIS Azure Security Foundations Benchmark v2.0.0 represents a major version shift of CIS Azure benchmark product support in Azure platform. The v2.0.0 aligns with Microsoft cloud security benchmark and now encompasses over 90 built-in Azure Policies, which is a substantial leap forward compared to the previous versions. The current versions of CIS Azure Security Foundations Benchmark (v1.4.0, v1.3.0, and v1.0) will be gradually phased out from Defender for Cloud. 
This major release is also an outcome of a joint effort between Microsoft, the Center for Internet Security (CIS), and the broader user communities. Especially, many thanks are due to the CIS Microsoft Azure Community experts who made this effort possible:
  • Robert Burton
  • Luke Schultheis
  • Niclas Madsen
  • Steve Johnson
  • Ian McRee
We look forward to hear more feedback from our user community, you welcome to reach out to us at
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