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Azure Security Center Pros and Cons

Azure Security Center Pros

Network & Security Architect at SNP Technologies, Inc.
It has seamless integration with any of the services I mentioned, on Azure, such as IaaS platforms, virtual machines, applications, or databases, because it's an in-house product from Microsoft within the Azure ecosystem.
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Senior DevSecOps Engineer at a consumer goods company with 11-50 employees
With respect to improving our security posture, it helps us to understand where we are in terms of compliance. We can easily know when we are below the standard because of the scores it calculates.
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Cloud Architect at a legal firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
Using Security Center, you have a full view, at any given time, of what's deployed, and that is something that is very useful.
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SOC Manager at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
One important security feature is the incident alerts. Now, with all these cyberattacks, there are a lot of incident alerts that get triggered. It is very difficult to keep monitoring everything automatically, instead our organization is utilizing the automated use case that we get from Microsoft. That has helped bring down the manual work for a lot of things.
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Senior Consultant at a recruiting/HR firm with 51-200 employees
When we started out, our secure score was pretty low. We adopted some of the recommendations that Security Center set out and we were able to make good progress on improving it. It had been in the low thirties and is now in the upper eighties.
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JJ
Cyber Security Consultant at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
The security alerts and correlated alerts are most valuable. It correlates the logs and gives us correlated alerts, which can be fed into any security information and event management (SIEM) tool. It is an analyzed correlation tool for monitoring security. It gives us alerts when there is any kind of unauthorized access, or when there is any malfunctioning in multifactor authentication (MFA). If our Azure is connected with Azure Security Center, we get to know what types of authentication are happening in our infra.
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DD
Senior Architect at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
This is a platform as a service provided by Azure. We don't need to install or maintain Azure Security Center. It is a ready-made service available in Azure. This is one of the main things that we like. If you look at similar tools, we have to install, maintain, and update services. Whereas, Azure Security Center manages what we are using. This is a good feature that has helped us a lot.
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Senior Project Engineer at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
We can create alerts that trigger if there is any malicious activity happening in the workflow and these alerts can be retrieved using the query language.
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OB
Security Consulting, Manager at a computer software company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The integration with Logic Apps allows for automated responses to incidents.
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JJ
System Administrator at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
The dashboard is very good. It gives our clients a lot of information and allows them to have a complete overview of the system. Everything is visible in one glance.
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Azure Security Center Cons

Network & Security Architect at SNP Technologies, Inc.
If a customer is already using Okta as an SSO in its entire environment, they will want to continue with it. But Security Center doesn't understand that and keeps making recommendations. It would help if it let us resolve a recommendation, even if it is not implemented.
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Senior DevSecOps Engineer at a consumer goods company with 11-50 employees
The overview provides you with good information, but if you want more details, there is a lot more customization to do, which requires knowledge of the other supporting solutions.
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Cloud Architect at a legal firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
Consistency is the area where the most improvement is needed. For example, there are some areas where the UI is not uniform across the board.
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SOC Manager at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Most of the time, when we log into the support, we don't get a chance to interact with Microsoft employees directly, except having it go to outsource employees of Microsoft. The initial interaction has not been that great because outsourced companies cannot provide the kind of quality or technical expertise that we look for. We have a technical manager from Microsoft, but they are kind of average unless we make noise and ask them to escalate. We then can get the right people and the right solution, but it definitely takes time.
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Senior Consultant at a recruiting/HR firm with 51-200 employees
We would like to have better transparency as to how the security score is calculated because as it is now, it is difficult to understand.
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JJ
Cyber Security Consultant at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Agent features need to be improved. They support agents through Azure Arc or Workbench. Sometimes, we are not able to get correct signals from the machines on which we have installed these agents. We are not able to see how many are currently reporting to Azure Security Center, and how many are currently not reporting. For example, we have 1,000 machines, and we have enrolled 1,000 OMS agents on these machines to collect the log. When I look at the status, even though at some places, it shows that it is connected, but when I actually go and check, I'm not getting any alerts from those. There are some discrepancies on the agent, and the agent features are not up to the mark.
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DD
Senior Architect at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
One of the main challenges that we have been facing with Azure Security Center is the cost. The costs are really a complex calculation, e.g., to calculate the monthly costs. Azure is calculating on an hourly basis for use of the resource. Because of this, we found it really complex to promote what will be our costs for the next couple of months. I think if Azure could reduce the complex calculation and come up with straightforward cost mapping that would be very useful from a product point of view.
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Senior Project Engineer at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Azure Security Center takes a long time to update, compared to the on-premises version of Microsoft Defender.
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OB
Security Consulting, Manager at a computer software company with 1,001-5,000 employees
There is no perfect product in the world and there are always features that can be added.
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JJ
System Administrator at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
The solution is quite complex. A lot of the different policies that actually get applied don't pertain to every client. If you need to have something open for a client application to work, then you get dinged for having a port open or having an older version of TLS available.
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Learn what your peers think about Azure Security Center. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: October 2021.
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