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17 October 2023
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Deploying Microsoft Defender for Cloud with Code

Deploying Microsoft Defender for Cloud with Code

The Cloud era has exponentially increased the surface area for security threats. With the dynamic nature of resources and rapid development cycles, security cannot be an afterthought.

Microsoft Defender for Cloud is a unified infrastructure security management system that offers advanced threat protection and security posture management for your multi-Cloud environments. It provides advanced security management and threat protection across all your Azure subscriptions, hybrid security configurations, and certain other Cloud providers.

Let’s dive into how you can deploy Microsoft Defender for Cloud programmatically using code.




  1. Azure Subscription: You’ll need an active Azure subscription. If you don’t have one, you can sign up for a free trial.
  2. Azure CLI: The Azure Command-Line Interface is a set of commands used to manage Azure resources. Download and install it from here.
  3. Azure PowerShell Module: This module provides cmdlets to manage Azure resources directly from the PowerShell command line. Installation instructions can be found here.


Step 1: Log in to your Azure account


Before deploying resources, ensure you’re logged into your Azure account.

# Azure CLI
az login


Or if you’re using PowerShell:

# Azure PowerShell


Step 2: Enable Microsoft Defender for Cloud


To enable Microsoft Defender for Cloud on your Azure subscription, you can use either Azure CLI or Azure PowerShell.


Using Azure CLI:



Using Azure PowerShell:



Step 3: Configure Security Policies (Optional)


This is a Policy definition that enforces HTTPS enforcement for Storage Accounts in an environment. The policy is designed to ensure that Storage Accounts use HTTPS and automatically updates configurations of non-compliant resources.


Note: Ensure to replace placeholders like your-policy-id and your-management-group-id with relevant values.


Step 4: Review and Respond to Security Recommendations


After activating Microsoft Defender for Cloud, it will evaluate your resources against a set of security best practices. Navigate to the Azure portal and review these recommendations under the Microsoft Defender for Cloud ‘s “Recommendations” tab. Make sure to adjust or act on these recommendations as appropriate for your environment.


Key takeaways

Integrating Microsoft Defender for Cloud ensures that security keeps pace with the rapid developments and dynamism of the Cloud era. Deploying this tool through code ensures that security seamlessly integrates into every aspect of your deployment process. By building security into your Infrastructure as Code (IaC) pipelines, you establish a robust foundation to counteract the ever-evolving threat landscape.

Stay proactive, embrace automation, and fortify your Cloud environments.

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