McAfee has released support for Microsoft Azure Files. The Azure Files solution is an important part of Microsoft’s strategy to help customers migrate data from traditional file servers to the cloud and to transform the traditional end-user experience from being anchored on-prem to seamless access to data residing in the cloud.
As customers take on their cloud transformation projects, they may be resistant to moving their most important data to cloud locations due to several concerns such as:
- Security and compliance concerns
- Data visibility and loss prevention (DLP)
- Not having clear understanding of user behavior and threats in the cloud
To address these risks, McAfee and Microsoft explored the customer concerns and were able to collaborate to extend the MVISION Cloud for Azure solution and extend it to support Azure Files.
Azure Files provides an innovative way for organizations to synchronize data to Azure. The migration of data and interaction by end users is so transparent they may not realize that data is no longer on stored on traditional internal servers but is in fact stored in Azure. With MVISION Cloud providing an additional layer of cloud security to Azure Files, it helps organizations protect end users as they interact with data in the cloud.
One of the top concerns that Microsoft customers shared to the Azure Files team surrounded a compliance requirement to protect against threats. Customers wanted malware protection for Azure Files so they could be assured that malware would not infect cloud resources (or the users, applications, or customers that might be using data stored within Azure Files).
Since MVISION Cloud already supported Azure Blob storage, adding Azure Files protection was built using the same core services. Since MVISION Cloud security platform also supported DLP and Behavior Analytics across other cloud services, Azure Files customers will also receive this benefit.
For customers who already own MVISION Cloud, extending protection to Azure is easy. As mentioned, the connection to Azure is through a simple API connection. The solution then monitors configuration of Azure assets, provides DLP and malware protection to Azure Blob and Azure Files, and also is a part of a threat prevention / anomaly detection engine that helps identify unusual activity and threats (such as compromised accounts, impossible travel, insider threats, and threat activity) across Azure and any other cloud services the customer is monitoring.This video shows how simple it is to run a scan against an Azure Files storage location. The API-based scan is transparent to the end user. The video shows setting up the scan and reviewing malware incidents. MVISION Cloud on-demand scans can also enforce DLP policies to identify sensitive data stored in Azure Files. DLP policies can help prevent data loss or identify sensitive data that may need more protections.
For customers who would like to try out MVISION Cloud, please request a demo.
MVISION Cloud for Azure Page: Link
MVISION Cloud for Azure Data Sheet: Link
Request a Demonstration: Link
Azure Files Product Page: Link
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