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Whitepaper Achieving Compliant Data Residency and Security with #Azure #Cloud

Introduction

Security and compliance–basic elements of the trusted cloud–are top priorities for organizations today. This paper is designed to help customers ensure that their data is handled in a manner that meets their data protection, regulatory, and sovereignty requirements on the global cloud architecture of Microsoft Azure. Transparency and control are also essential to establishing and maintaining trust in cloud technology. Microsoft recognizes that restricted and regulated industries require additional details for their risk management and to ensure compliance at all times. Microsoft provides an industry-leading security and compliance portfolio. Security is built into the Azure platform, beginning with the development process, which is conducted in accordance with the Security Development Lifecycle (SDL), and includes technologies, controls and tools that address data management and governance, Active Directory identity and access controls, network and infrastructure security technologies and tools, threat protection, and encryption to protect data in transit and at rest. Microsoft also provides customers with choices to select and limit the types and locations of data storage on Azure. With the innovation of the security and compliance frameworks, customers in regulated industries can successfully run mission-critical workloads in the cloud and leverage all the advantages of the Microsoft hyperscale cloud. This simple approach can assist customers in meeting the data protection requirements of government regulations or company policies by helping them to:

Understand data protection obligations.

Understand the services and controls that Azure provides to help its customers meet those obligations.

Understand the evidence that customers need to assert compliance.

The paper is structured into these three sections, with each diving deeper into the security and technologies that help Microsoft customers to meet data protection requirements. The final section discusses specific requirements to which industries and organizations in selected European markets are subject.

Download this Awesome whitepaper, “Achieving compliant data residency and security with Azure.”

Learn here more on Compliance, Trust, Security and Responsibilities


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Bye Bye 2018 vs Hello 2019 #MVPbuzz #Azure #Cloud #AzureDevOps #Education #Code #Analytics

Happy New Year !

First of all Thank you for following me and Sharing Microsoft Cloud and Datacenter Management content on Social Media 🙂 Sharing & Learning Together is Better. 

Here some work I did for the Community in 2018 :

  •  I wrote 62 Blogposts in 2018 on https://mountainss.wordpress.com and shared them on LinkedIn,
    Twitter, Facebook and Microsoft Tech Community
  • Made a Blogpost Serie about :
    It’s all about your Datacenter transition to the Cloud by Design and by Security.
    Microsoft Azure Hub-Spoke model by Enterprise Design

  • Started Azure DevOps Community Group on LinkedIn
  • Together with Community Groups :  Microsoft Azure Monitor and Security for Hybrid IT and
    Containers in the Cloud

    @Jamesvandenberg
  • Welcome 577 New Followers on Twitter of the 5904 Followers 🙂
    More then 2.807.000 Tweet impressions in One year !
  • Started with Friday is MVPbuzz Day for Education to get Azure Cloud in the Classroom, working together with Teachers and Students in my Free time.
  • Working with Microsoft Learn in Teams for the Students.
  • Meetings and Speaking for Education, all about Azure and AzureStack Technologies.
  • Conferences, like the Global MVP Summit 2018, DevOps Amsterdam, Community Group meetings.
    Microsoft Ignite, Microsoft Build, Microsoft Connect events.
  • Almost every week Microsoft Product Group Intervention (PGI) sessions Online.
  • Sharing the News every Day via Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Microsoft Tech Community, Blog

But what is coming in 2019 ?

Rocking with Azure in the Classroom !

I will continue every day sharing knowledge with the Community and continue my Free work on MVPbuzz Friday for Education to get Azure Cloud Technology in the Classroom for Teachers and Students.
The trend I see for 2019 is more Infrastructure and Security by Code with Microsoft Azure DevOps
and of course you have to be in Control with Microsoft Azure Monitor

I will write a blogpost in January 2019 about Microsoft Azure Hub-Spoke model by Enterprise Design 4 of 4 : Optimize your Azure Workload.

More Items in 2019 to come :

  • Microsoft Azure Security Center for Hybrid IT
  • Windows Server 2019 in combination with Azure Cloud Services.
  • More on Containers in the Cloud
  • Azure Stack and ASDK
  • Integration with Azure Cloud.
  • API Management
  • Azure DevOps Pipelines and Collabration
  • Azure IoT for Smart Cities and Buildings combined with AI Technology

2019 will be a Great year again with New Microsoft Technologies and Features for your business.


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#Microsoft #AzureDevOps – Azure Pipelines, #Azure Boards + GitHub with @AbelSquidHead #LoECDA

Azure DevOps for CI/CD

Azure DevOps Services is a cloud service for collaborating on code development. It provides an integrated set of features that you access through your web browser or IDE client. The features are included, as follows:

  • Git repositories for source control of your code
  • Build and release services to support continuous integration and delivery of your apps
  • Agile tools to support planning and tracking your work, code defects, and issues using Kanban and Scrum methods
  • Many tools to test your apps, including manual/exploratory testing, load testing, and continuous testing
  • Highly customizable dashboards for sharing progress and trends
  • Built-in wiki for sharing information with your team

The Azure DevOps ecosystem also provides support for adding extensions and integrating with other popular services, such as: Campfire, Slack, Trello, UserVoice, and more, and developing your own custom extensions.

Start your CI/CD Pipelines Today with Azure DevOps

More information about Microsoft Azure DevOps :

Microsoft Azure DevOps Docs

Azure DevOps Community Group on LinkedIn

Azure DevOps PODCAST

and stay up-to-date on Azure DevOps via Twitter :

The #LoECDA Team

@AzureDevOps

@DonovanBrown

@AbelSquidHead

@jldeen

@damovisa

@StevenMurawski


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Managing and Working with #Azure Network Security Groups (NSG) #Security #IaC #AzureDevOps

Microsoft Azure Network Security Group (NSG)

When you are implementing your Microsoft Azure Design like a HUB-Spoke model you have to deal with security of your Azure environment (Virtual Datacenter). One of them are Network Security Groups to protect your Virtual networks and make communication between Azure subnets possible in a Secure Azure Virtual Datacenter.

You really have to plan your Azure Virtual networks and implement it by Architectural Design. Now I’m writing about Azure Network Security Groups which is important, but there are more items to deal with like :

  1.  Naming Conventions in your Azure Virtual Datacenter
  2.  Azure Subscriptions ( who is Owner, Contributor, or Reader? )
  3.  Azure Regions ( Where is my Datacenter in the world? )
  4.  Azure VNET and Sub-Nets ( IP-addresses )
  5.  Security of your Virtual Networks ( Traffic filtering, Routing )
  6.  Azure Connectivity ( VNET Peering between Azure Subscriptions, VPN Gateway )
  7.  Permissions (RBAC)
  8.  Azure Policy ( Working with Blue prints )

Here you can read more about these Microsoft Azure items

How to Manage Microsoft Azure Network Security Groups (NSG) ?

IMPORTANT: Before you start with Azure Network Security Groups, test every ARM JSON Script first in your Dev-Test Azure Subscription before you do production. Talk with your Cloud Administrators, because when you implement Infrastructure as Code (IaC) and work with ARM Templates you can delete manual settings in NSG’s for example, which will give you troubles like no protocol communication between subnets.

When you start new in Microsoft Azure, It’s easy to make your Azure security baseline for all of your Network Security Groups (NSG’s) by Azure Resource Manager (ARM) templates.

When you have a Microsoft Azure HUB-Spoke model with for example four Azure Subscriptions and a lot of Azure Virtual Networks – Subnets, you got a lot of NSG’s to manage and you don’t want to manage those manually. So there are different ways to manage Azure Network Security Groups via ARM Templates. For example :

ARM Templates from the Azure Portal

Make your ARM Baseline template.

Edit your parameters and Deploy.

Here you saw a standard Virtual Machine Deployment, but you can add of course all of your Azure Resource Manager templates here including your NSG Base Line template. In this way your deployments are documented ( Scripts).

Another awesome solution is Microsoft Azure DevOps for your Deployments in Azure.

Azure DevOps Services is a cloud service for collaborating on code development. It provides an integrated set of features that you access through your web browser or IDE client. The features are included, as follows:

  • Git repositories for source control of your code
  • Build and release services to support continuous integration and delivery of your apps
  • Agile tools to support planning and tracking your work, code defects, and issues using Kanban and Scrum methods
  • Many tools to test your apps, including manual/exploratory testing, load testing, and continuous testing
  • Highly customizable dashboards for sharing progress and trends
  • Built-in wiki for sharing information with your team

The Azure DevOps ecosystem also provides support for adding extensions and integrating with other popular services, such as: Campfire, Slack, Trello, UserVoice, and more, and developing your own custom extensions.
Choose Azure DevOps Services when you want the following results:

  • Quick set up
  • Maintenance-free operations
  • Easy collaboration across domains
  • Elastic scale
  • Rock-solid security

You’ll also have access to cloud load testing, cloud build servers, and application insights.

Azure DevOps Repo for your Templates

From here you can make your Infrastructure as Code (IaC) Pipelines together with your Cloud Administrator Team 😉

When you have your Azure DevOps Private Repository in place and you like to work with Visual Studio for example, you can connect to your Repo and Check-in your NSG ARM Script but Deploy with Visual Studio to your Azure Virtual Datacenter.

Azure NSG Template Deployment via Visual Studio

Microsoft Visual Studio 2019 Preview is available for download here

Here you can download Microsoft Visual Studio Community Edition

And there is Microsoft Open Source Visual Studio Code

Azure DevOps Repo in Visual Studio Code.

Microsoft Visual Studio Code work with Extensions :

Azure DevOps Repo Extension

Azure DevOps Pipelines Extension

So you see there are enough ways to deploy ARM Templates and this is not all, because you can also use Azure Cloudshell for example or other CLI command-line interfaces. But now we want to set the NSG Baseline for our Azure Subscription. A good start is to see the possibilities in the JSON scripting for Network Security Groups.
Here you find the settings and explanation of Azure Components.

For Microsoft Azure NSG Template :

Azure NSG Baseline Template

To create a Microsoft.Network/networkSecurityGroups resource, add the following JSON to the resources section of your template.
The Microsoft Azure Quick Create Templates on Github can help you to make your own NSG Template for example.

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“apiVersion”: “2017-06-01”,
“type”: “Microsoft.Network/networkSecurityGroups”,
“name”: “[parameters(‘parkingzoneNSGName’)]”,
“location”: “[parameters(‘location’)]”,
“properties”: {
“securityRules”: [
/* {
“name”: “Allow_RDP_Internet”,
“properties”: {
“description”: “Allow RDP”,
“protocol”: “Tcp”,
“sourcePortRange”: “*”,
“destinationPortRange”: “3389”,
“sourceAddressPrefix”: “Internet”,
“destinationAddressPrefix”: “*”,
“access”: “Allow”,
“priority”: 500,
“direction”: “Inbound”
}, */
{
“name”: “AllowAzureCloudWestEuropeOutBound”,
“properties”: {
“protocol”: “*”,
“sourcePortRange”: “*”,
“destinationPortRange”: “*”,
“sourceAddressPrefix”: “*”,
“destinationAddressPrefix”: “AzureCloud.WestEurope”,
“access”: “Allow”,
“priority”: 999,
“direction”: “Outbound”
}
},
{
“name”: “DenyInternetOutBound”,
“properties”: {
“protocol”: “*”,
“sourcePortRange”: “*”,
“destinationPortRange”: “*”,
“sourceAddressPrefix”: “*”,
“destinationAddressPrefix”: “Internet”,
“access”: “Deny”,
“priority”: 2000,
“direction”: “Outbound”
}
}
]
}
},

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By Default is Internet available in a NSG ! So here you see that Internet is not allowed only the AzureCloud West Europe resources because some Azure SDK Component work via ” Public internet” ( Microsoft IP-Addresses).
(RDP protocol is marked and not set in this example for Security reasons)

Internet by Default Rules, so you must set your security Rules !

Conclusion :

You really have to implement Azure Security by Design, make your Base-line with ARM Templates in a Private Repo for your Azure Network Security Groups with the Correct RBAC Configuration for your Cloud Administrator Team. Don’t make them manually and do settings manually when you have a lot of NSG’s ! Versions of your ARM templates are documented in your Repository 😉
Test Always first in a Dev-Test Azure Subscription or in Azure DevOps with a Test plan before you implement in Production.

 


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#Microsoft Azure virtual datacenter HUB-Spoke Model: A network perspective #Cloud #Azure #Security

Microsoft Azure HUB-Spoke Model

When you have your Microsoft Azure Architectural Design in place like a HUB-Spoke model this Microsoft documentation can help you with the Security and networking design in Microsoft Azure Cloud services.

The Virtual Data Center (VDC) isn’t just the application workloads in the cloud. It’s also the network, security, management, and infrastructure. Examples are DNS and directory services. It usually provides a private connection back to an on-premises network or datacenter. As more and more workloads move to Azure, it’s important to think about the supporting infrastructure and objects that these workloads are placed in. Think carefully about how resources are structured to avoid the proliferation of hundreds of workload islands that must be managed separately with independent data flow, security models, and compliance challenges.

Read this Awesome Microsoft Azure Virtual Data Center documentation from a Network perspective here

Conclusion :

When you have your Microsoft Azure High Level Design, get your security and network in Azure in place in a manageable way for your Cloud Administrators and your Business. Here are some tips:

  • Understand the data workflows in your Azure Virtual Data Center.
  • Make a Detailed network and security design (Low level)
  • Keep it Simple but Secure.
  • Before you go into production, do a Security assessment (Pentest) by 3rd party Professionals
    ( For example via Company CQURE )

 


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Getting started with #Microsoft Azure Cognitive Services in #Containers #Azure #AI #AKS #Docker

Microsoft Visual Studio Code Tools for AI

With container support, customers can use Azure’s intelligent Cognitive Services capabilities, wherever the data resides. This means customers can perform facial recognition, OCR, or text analytics operations without sending their content to the cloud. Their intelligent apps are portable and scale with greater consistency whether they run on the edge or in Azure.

Bringing AI to the Edge via  Corporate Vice President, Azure AI Eric Boyd

Get started with these Azure Cognitive Services Containers

Building solutions with machine learning often requires a data scientist. Azure Cognitive Services enable organizations to take advantage of AI with developers, without requiring a data scientist. We do this by taking the machine learning models and the pipelines and the infrastructure needed to build a model and packaging it up into a Cognitive Service for vision, speech, search, text processing, language understanding, and more. This makes it possible for anyone who can write a program, to now use machine learning to improve an application. However, many enterprises still face challenges building large-scale AI systems. Today Microsoft announced container support for Cognitive Services, making it significantly easier for developers to build ML-driven solutions.

Microsoft got the following Containers :

  • Text Analytics Containers
  • Face Container
  • Recognize Text Container

More information from Director of Program Management Applied AI Lance Olson here

Start with Installing and running Containers

Request access to the private container registry

You must first complete and submit the Cognitive Services Vision Containers Request form to request access to the Face container. The form requests information about you, your company, and the user scenario for which you’ll use the container. Once submitted, the Azure Cognitive Services team reviews the form to ensure that you meet the criteria for access to the private container registry.

Important !

You must use an email address associated with either a Microsoft Account (MSA) or Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) account in the form. If your request is approved, you then receive an email with instructions describing how to obtain your credentials and access the private container registry.

Read more about installing the Containers here

The Face container uses a common configuration framework, so that you can easily configure and manage storage, logging and telemetry, and security settings for your containers.
Configuration settings
Configuration settings in the Face container are hierarchical, and all containers use a shared hierarchy, based on the following top-level structure:

  • ApiKey
  • ApplicationInsights
  • Authentication
  • Billing
  • CloudAI
  • Eula
  • Fluentd
  • Logging
  • Mounts

Read more here about Configuring the Containers

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