Many organizations have moved their applications to Microsoft Azure cloud to ensure that these applications can be accessed from anywhere and on any device. As the workforce becomes increasingly mobile and flexible, enterprises find that their systems are vulnerable to the threat of malware, ransomware and other malicious attacks. Traditional approaches such as VPNs are no longer safe for enterprises whose perimeter extends over to the Internet.

Challenges with traditional security solution approaches

  • Traditional security solutions are designed keeping in mind a centralized architecture which is not well suited for a hybrid ecosystem of Azure cloud and on-premise systems
  • Traditional perimeters are complex and vulnerable to attacks
  • Traditional perimeters are no longer compatible with modern business requirements
  • Efficient segmentation of the network to protect it from malicious attacks but still provide access to legitimate users in a dynamic environment is a complex and difficult task
  • No guarantee that each endpoint, user and device in the network is secure
  • Difficulty in policy enforcement and protection for all users, devices, applications, and data
  • Lack of proper logging and monitoring of network traffic for continuous visibility
  • Burden on IT budgets and resources due to high cost and cumbersome deployment
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The Secure Shield Advantage

 

Single platform for all your enterprise requirements

With Secure Shield for Azure, you can secure your enterprise applications both on-premise and on the Azure cloud, as well as IIOT systems with a single platform. With a flexible licensing model for your on-premise, cloud, and IIOT security, you can protect existing investments and save on costs for multiple licenses, integrations, deployments, and skilled personnel.

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Robust design to ensure all-round protection for your digital assets 

The core architecture of Secure Shield for Azure is natively distributed, resilient, and based on Zero Trust, Software Defined Perimeter (SDP) architecture and Private Blockchain technology. This cutting-edge architecture renders enterprise systems and cloud servers invisible to hackers, thereby making it almost impossible for hackers to discover and attack these systems. Secure Shield for Azure provides holistic security by securing the servers, providing user and device authentication, as well as encrypting the communication.

 

Authentication and dynamic access based on digital ID

Secure Shield for Azure authenticates users as well as devices and provides access to applications based on a combination of user and device digital identity. Out-of-the-box integration with Azure AD provides the flexibility of importing users automatically, while devices and resources are registered with Secure Shield for Azure for automatic creation of digital identities.

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Access to resources on the Azure cloud without a VPN

Secure Shield for Azure empowers organizations to securely provide direct access to applications on the Azure cloud from authenticated and authorized remote user devices from the internet – without the need for a VPN.

 

Direct access to Office 365 applications on the Azure cloud

Using Secure Shield for Azure, you can restrict employee access to Office 365 applications only from enterprise or registered devices. No more hassles of connecting to a secure VPN or central trusted network to limit access.

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Micro-segmented access for precise application access

Secure Shield for Azure provides granular, micro-segmented access so that only authorized users and devices can access the applications and data present on these segments. You can easily enforce and manage granular micro-segmentation policies between applications and services. Secure Shield for Azure not only offers North-South communication protection, but also lateral East-West communication protection.

 

Audit and review all logs

All access logs are stored on the blockchain, making it immutable and tamper-proof, thereby ensuring complete visibility in case an adversary should attempt to access the systems in an unauthorized manner or an administrator enforces an unauthorized change. Secure Shield for Azure performs continuous logging and monitoring of network traffic for complete visibility and control of ‘who has what access’.

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Secure Shield for Azure Architecture

Secure Shield for Azure provides a natively distributed security architecture which helps lock down the servers, irrespective of whether they are inside or outside the organization’s perimeter. It provides secure user and device authentication, encrypted communication between the user and server, and protection to servers and applications not only from known but also unknown vulnerabilities.

1. The Secure Shield controller (Identity and Access validation nodes) has an embedded private permissioned blockchain and stores the following information:
a. Policies that grant access to a resource (application) for a given user and device combination
b. Users and digital IDs
c. Access logs
d. A real-time access map depicting the access policy and resources currently being accessed
e. Dashboards and reports
2. Agents are deployed on the user devices to authenticate both user and the device. The user agent ascertains that it is indeed a legitimate user who requires access to server, and the device is approved to access the server.
3. Agents are deployed on the application servers on the Azure Cloud. The server agent locks down the server to such as extent that the server becomes invisible and only authorized users from authorized devices can access the server.
4. A Zero Trust gateway can also be deployed to secure access as an alternative to deploying agents on servers.

While a legitimate user is accessing the server, the server continues to remain invisible for the other systems on the network and thus the protection is always maintained. Multi-factor authentication and user device mapping ensures that the user credentials cannot be phished, and the user cannot be impersonated. Thus, Secure Shield for Azure ensures that only the approved users can have precise access to applications on the Azure cloud from approved devices.

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Why choose Secure Shield for Azure?

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Offers comprehensive Zero Trust security for Microsoft Azure Cloud
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Delivers Zero Trust protection in five out of the seven areas  recommended by Forrester’s Zero Trust Framework
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Offers a robust Software Defined Perimeter (SDP) architecture 
that renders critical information systems on the cloud invisible to attackers
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Delivers a new breed of digital identity and access control for all users and connected devices by means of customized light-weight agents along with Blockchain technology
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Featured as one of the top 25 cybersecurity 
innovations by Accenture
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Block Armour accelerated by Airbus and is a part of 
the Microsoft for Startups program