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  • Blog Post: Using Microsoft SQL Server security features in Windows Azure Virtual Machines

    Editor's Note: This post comes from Sung Hsueh, Senior Program Manager in SQL Server Team. One of the newest ways of using SQL Server is by leveraging Microsoft’s Windows Azure Infrastructure Services and creating Windows Azure Virtual Machines to host SQL Server. You may have already seen Il...
  • Blog Post: Cross-Post: Microsoft Takes Botnet Threat Intelligence Program to the Cloud; Provides Near Real-Time Data

    Protecting people is at the forefront of the Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit’s fight against cybercrime. When we launched the Project MARS (Microsoft Active Response for Security) program in 2010 to proactively combat botnets, we knew that cleaning the malware-infected computers of people around...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Root Certificate Migration

    As part of our ongoing commitment to security we are making a change to our SSL certificate chain that will require a small number of customers to take action before April 15 th , 2013. Windows Azure currently uses the GTE CyberTrust Global Root and beginning on April 15 th , 2013 will migrate to the...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure now supports federation with Windows Server Active Directory

    Yesterday we shared that Windows Azure Active Directory (AD) has processed 200 BILLION authentications . Today I’m excited to share some great identity-related improvements we’ve made to Windows Azure that leverage the capabilities of Windows Azure AD. The number one identity management feature...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Acquires PhoneFactor

    Today I am excited to announce that we are welcoming PhoneFactor to the Microsoft family. For those of you not familiar with PhoneFactor, they are an industry leader in phone-based multi-factor authentication (MFA) and their solutions bring a unique blend of security and convenience to our developers...
  • Blog Post: Fault-tolerance in Windows Azure SQL Database

    Editor’s Note: Today’s post comes from Tony Petrossian , Principal Group Program Manager in the SQL Server & Windows Azure SQL Database team. This post provides an overview of the fault tolerance features of Windows Azure SQL Database. Introduction A few years ago when we started...
  • Blog Post: Security, Privacy & Compliance Update: Microsoft Offers Customers and Partners a HIPAA Business Associate Agreement (BAA) for Windows Azure

    Last month, we announced the availability of SSAE 16 / ISAE 3402 attestation for Windows Azure core services; an important milestone for our customers and partners, as many have requested and received a copy of the audit report. But what our health customers care most about are the HIPAA and HITECH Act...
  • Blog Post: Security, Privacy & Compliance Update: Availability of SSAE 16 / ISAE 3402 Attestation

    In April 2012, we launched Windows Azure Trust Center (WATC) with the goal of providing customers and partners with easier access to regulatory compliance information. We indicated that WATC would be updated on a regular basis with additional compliance programs that Windows Azure is pursuing. As we...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Trust Center Launched

    In Dec 2011, we announced that Windows Azure obtained ISO 27001 certification for its core features. Today, we are launching Windows Azure Trust Center with the goal of providing customers and partners with easier access to regulatory compliance information. As a public cloud services platform, Windows...
  • Blog Post: Learn Best Practices for Building Secure Applications in Windows Azure in New Blog Series, “Windows Azure Security Best Practices”

    Bruce D. Kyle has posted a great series, “Windows Azure Security Best Practices” on the ISV Developer Community Blog , providing a look into how you can secure your application in Windows Azure . This seven-part series describes the threats, how you can respond, what processes you can put...
  • Blog Post: SQL Azure Connection Security

    [This article was contributed by the SQL Azure team.] Selcin Turkarslan has written an in-depth TechNet wiki article about connection security considerations when using SQL Azure. The article is primarily concerned with writing secure connection strings for SQL Azure Database. I’d highly recommend...
  • Blog Post: Storing Encrypted Data in Windows Azure

    As companies weigh the benefits of moving their data, processes, and systems to the cloud-from reduced infrastructure costs to rapid, success-based scaling-security is a perennial concern. Executives want to know: How will we protect our company's most sensitive data against an ever-expanding array...
  • Blog Post: Securing Your Connection String in Windows Azure: Part 4

    [This article was contributed by the SQL Azure team.] This is the fourth part in a multi-part blog series about securing your connection string in Windows Azure. In the first blog post ( found here ) a technique was discussed for creating a public/private key pair, using the Windows Azure Certificate...
  • Blog Post: Securing Your Connection String in Windows Azure: Part 3

    [This article was contributed by the SQL Azure team.] This is the third part in a multi-part blog series about securing your connection string in Windows Azure. In the first blog post ( found here ) a technique was discussed for creating a public/private key pair, using the Windows Azure Certificate...
  • Blog Post: Securing Your Connection String in Windows Azure: Part 2

    [This article was contributed by the SQL Azure team.] This is the second part in a multi-part blog series about securing your connection string in Windows Azure. In the first blog post ( found here ) a technique was discussed for creating a public/private key pair, using the Windows Azure Certificate...
  • Blog Post: Securing Your Connection String in Windows Azure: Part 1

    [This article was contributed by the SQL Azure team.] One of the challenges you face in running a highly secure SQL Azure environment is too keep your connection string to SQL Azure secure. If you are running Windows Azure you need to provide this connection string to your Windows Azure code, however...
  • Blog Post: Transferring a SQL Azure Database

    [This article was contributed by the SQL Azure team.] The original blog post doesn’t work as written, since the destination user executing the CREATE DATABASE must have exactly the same name as SQL Azure Portal Administrator name on the source database; i.e. you can only copy from a database where you...
  • Blog Post: Security Resources for the Windows Azure Platform

    [This article was contributed by the SQL Azure team.] If you’ve been looking for information on SQL Azure security, check out Security Resources for the Windows Azure Platform . This new topic in the MSDN Library provides links to many of the articles, blogs, videos, and webcasts on Windows Azure Platform...
  • Blog Post: I Miss You SQL Server Agent: Part 1

    [This article was contributed by the SQL Azure team.] Currently, SQL Azure doesn’t support running SQL Server Agent in the cloud. If you need SQL Server Agent type functionality for SQL Azure, you can use a Windows Azure worker role and some custom code, I will show you how in this blog post series....
  • Blog Post: Introduction to Open Data Protocol (OData) and SQL Azure

    [This article was contributed by the SQL Azure team.] The Open Data Protocol (OData) is an emerging standard for querying and updating data over the Web. OData is a REST-based protocol whose core focus is to maximize the interoperability between data services and clients that wish to access that data...
  • Blog Post: Security Considerations with SQL Azure and PowerPivot

    [This article was contributed by the SQL Azure team.] In this former blog post I discussed how to enable access to SQL Azure from PowerPivot. Now that access is enabled and the data is available to you, let’s examine how PowerPivot and SQL Azure work from a security perspective. Accessing the Data In...
  • Blog Post: Getting Started With PowerPivot and SQL Azure

    [This article was contributed by the SQL Azure team.] PowerPivot is a powerful, downloadable extension to Microsoft Excel 2010 that allows you to perform business intelligence and analytics against known data sources. One excellent data source you can use is your SQL Azure database. This article will...
  • Blog Post: Video: How Do I: Configure SQL Azure Security?

    [This article was contributed by the SQL Azure team.] In this video, Max Adams introduces security within SQL Azure. The creation of Logins, Databases and Users is discussed and demonstrated. The views sys.sql_logins and sys.databases which allow the display of logins and databases from the master database...
  • Blog Post: Adding Users to Your SQL Azure Database

    [This article was contributed by the SQL Azure team.] When you generate a SQL Azure server via the SQL Azure portal , you generate a user name and password at the same time. This is your administrative account it has access to all databases on that server. However, you might want to give other people...
  • Blog Post: Remember to Encrypt Your Connection

    [This article was contributed by the SQL Azure team.] SQL Azure doesn’t support unencrypted connections. If you try to request a connection via SQL Server Management Studio that is unencrypted, SQL Azure signals SQL Server Management Studio to establish an encrypted connection. Likewise, you need to...
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