2020 has taken everybody by a surprise. Covid-19 has had quite an effect not only on our personal lives but on professional lives as well. Almost 80% of the employees in any organization have been working from home for a few months. While some have a safe working network, others might not. Hence, security is a much-needed concept not only for the present but for the future as well. Here’s what you can do to get started with Azure Virtual Machine Security to secure your Virtual Machine Configuration for a safer IT environment.


There are several antivirus/antimalware setups available as per your setup and configurations. From Microsoft Antimalware to other software providers like Symantec and Trend Micro, these are committed to providing your system protected from any kind of unwanted or data hampering viruses. For example, Microsoft Antimalware is an antimalware which provides real-time protection capability which not only helps you in identifying the virus but also removes any unwanted virus, spyware, or additional malware software. The configurable setup allows you to exclude any application or file from being scanned if needed. The installation for the same is super easy. The installation for the same is done through Azure Portal as a Virtual Machine Extension.


To keep your system secured, one needs to make sure that the Virtual Machine has the required operating system updates. This can be done with the help of Azure update management. The update management makes sure that the user has consistent control and compliance of the Virtual Machine. With the help of an automation account along with the Log Analytics workspace, this service can be easily availed. Being available at no additional cost, this service enables you to assess your update status and manage your Virtual Machines for on-premise and Azure.


There’s always a risk involved in using RDP and SSH via public internet to access your Virtual Machine and to minimize that Azure Bastion comes to your rescue. Azure Bastion is a fully managed PaaS service responsible for providing access to your Virtual Machines for RDP and SSH directly from the Azure Portal i.e. using private IP, therefore, mitigating any exposure to your VMs through public IP access.


Your one-stop destination for all security-related issues within Azure Subscription is what we call Azure Security Centre. This center assists you in protecting the future of your VMs with features like “just-in-time” access provision in an attempt to block suspicious access and reduce any exposure to network attacks. While interactive investigation tools and automated remediation are used for rapid response, analytics, and global threat intelligence help in detecting threats. Also, unsupported and malicious applications are blocked through the adaptive application.


Network Security Groups, as the name suggests, are responsible for controlling the access either by permitting or denying network traffic in different ways. Whether its direct internet connection or communication between various workloads on a virtual network or network connectivity from the on-site environment into Azure, Network Security Groups control everything.