Virtual Machine [VM]

Azure Firewall: Comprehensive Comparison & Best Practices

Azure Firewall, a managed, cloud-based network security service, is an essential component of Azure’s security offerings. It comes in three different versions – Basic, Standard, and Premium – each designed to cater to a wide range of customer use cases and preferences. This blog post will provide a comprehensive comparison of these versions, discuss best […]

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Unleashing the Power of Microsoft Defender for Cloud – Unique Capabilities for Robust Protection

Microsoft Defender for Cloud (MDC) is a cloud-native application protection platform (CNAPP) that is made up of security measures and practices that are designed to protect cloud-based applications from various cyber threats and vulnerabilities. In this article we make a case that the unique capabilities provided by MDC will be hard to replicate with a

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Secrets scanning for Cloud deployments

Over the past year, our CNAPP solution has gone through progressive enhancements, particularly around secret management. It all began with the ability to identify various secret types across virtual machines (VMs). Subsequently, we expanded our focus to include a wide range of metadata associated with these secrets, providing valuable context.  Today, we are excited to

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Resource-level billing change for Defender for Servers Customers

Who does this change applies to: This update is relevant for users with Defender for Servers activated on their Workspaces (with agent installed) or those utilizing the AWS Connector with Defender for Servers enabled. What’s new:  Effective Friday, April 26th, only when Defender for Servers is enabled for the resources’ subscription or the subscription hosting

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Prepare for upcoming transitions in Defender for Servers

Last summer, within the scope of the upcoming Log Analytics agent deprecation, we announced a new agent strategy for Defender for Servers with the goal to simplify the onboarding and reduce external dependencies in our offering while improving existing and adding new capabilities. As part of that new strategy, customers should enable, agentless scanning as

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THIS JUST IN!!!!  High LSASS Usage After Windows Update 3B March 2024

Jim and the Directory Services Team here again to alert you to an emerging issue which is an unintended consequence of a recent update released in March 2024.   What is LSASS and why is it important?  The Local Security Authority Subsystem Service (LSASS) is a process that handles user authentication, security policies, and auditing on

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Leveraging NVIDIA Triton Inference Server and Azure AI for Enhanced Inference Efficiency

This blog is co-authored by NVIDIA.  Inference is where AI training goes to work for enterprises, delivering the most visible returns on AI investments. Inference is also a recurring cost for many enterprises, making it a top CIO priority. IDC predicts that by 2027, the amount spent on accelerated AI servers in the cloud for inferencing

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Mistral Large, Mistral AI’s flagship LLM, debuts on Azure AI Models-as-a-Service

Microsoft is partnering with Mistral AI to bring its Large Language Models (LLMs) to Azure. Mistral AI’s OSS models, Mixtral-8x7B and Mistral-7B, were added to the Azure AI model catalog last December. We are excited to announce the addition of Mistral AI’s new flagship model, Mistral Large to the Mistral AI collection of models in

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Manage the latest versions of Azure Stack HCI with SCVMM

Azure Stack HCI is a hybrid cloud solution that lets you run virtualized workloads on-premises with direct access to Azure services. It combines the performance, security, and scalability of hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) with the flexibility and innovation of Azure.  As a datacenter scale customer, to take full advantage of these new capabilities, you need a

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Protecting Tier 0 the Modern Way

How should your Tier 0 Protection look like? Almost every attack on Active Directory you hear about today – no matter if ransomware is involved or not – (ab)uses credential theft techniques as the key factor for successful compromise. Microsoft’s State of Cybercrime report confirms this statement: “The top finding among ransomware incident response engagements

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