This is one in a series of posts on a Windows Azure Learning Plan. You can find the main post here. This one deals with Security for  Windows Azure.

 

General Security Information

Overview and general  information about Windows Azure Security - what it is, how it works, and where you can learn more.

Security RFI Responses

 http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=26647

General Security Whitepaper – answers most questions

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/usisvde/archive/2010/08/10/security-white-paper-on-windows-azure-answers-many-faq.aspx 

Overview of Azure Security

http://www.windowsecurity.com/articles/Microsoft-Azure-Security-Cloud.html

Azure Security Resources

http://reddevnews.com/articles/2010/08/19/microsoft-releases-windows-azure-security-resources.aspx

Cloud Computing Security Considerations

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=68fedf9c-1c27-4642-aa5b-0a34472303ea&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+MicrosoftDownloadCenter+%28Microsoft+Download+Center

Video Series on Azure Security

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/usisvde/archive/2011/01/18/msdev-presents-video-series-on-windows-azure-security.aspx 

Physical Security for Microsoft’s Online Computing

Information on the Infrastructure and Locations for Azure Physical Security.

The Global Foundation Services Group at Microsoft handles physical security

http://www.globalfoundationservices.com/security/index.html

Microsoft’s Security Response Center

http://www.microsoft.com/security/msrc/

Software Security for Microsoft’s Online Computing

Steps we take as a company to develop secure software

Windows Azure is developed using the Trustworthy Computing Initiative

http://www.microsoft.com/about/twc/en/us/default.aspx and

 http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms995349.aspx

Identity and Access in the Cloud

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/technology_titbits_by_rajesh_makhija/archive/2010/10/29/identity-and-access-in-the-cloud.aspx

Security Steps you should take

While Microsoft takes great pains to secure the infrastructure, platform and code for Windows Azure, you have a responsibility to write secure code. These pointers can help you do that.

Securing your cloud architecture, step-by-step

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/gg296364.aspx

Security Guidelines for Windows Azure

http://redmondmag.com/articles/2010/06/15/microsoft-issues-security-guidelines-for-windows-azure.aspx 

Best Practices for Windows Azure Security

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/vbertocci/archive/2010/06/14/security-best-practices-for-developing-windows-azure-applications.aspx

Cloud Security Guidelines from NIST

http://csrc.nist.gov/publications/PubsDrafts.html#SP-800-146

Understanding Encryption (great overview and tutorial)

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/plankytronixx/archive/2010/10/23/crypto-primer-understanding-encryption-public-private-key-signatures-and-certificates.aspx

Securing your Connection Strings (SQL Azure)

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/sqlazure/archive/2010/09/07/10058942.aspx

Getting started with Windows Identity Foundation (WIF) quickly

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/alikl/archive/2010/10/26/windows-identity-foundation-wif-fast-track.aspx