What is defense in depth?

By Max from AzureGuru
Published in AZ-900 Training
January 16, 2021
1 min read
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The objective of defense in depth is to protect information and prevent it from being stolen by those who aren’t authorized to access it. A defense-in-depth strategy uses a series of mechanisms to slow the advance of an attack that aims at acquiring unauthorized access to data.

Layers of defense in depth:

Layers of defense in depth

  • Data
    • Stored in a database
    • Stored on disk inside virtual machines
    • Stored on a SaaS application such as Office 365
    • Stored in cloud storage
  • Application
    • Ensure applications are secure and free of vulnerabilities.
    • Store sensitive application secrets in a secure storage medium.
    • Make security a design requirement for all application development.
  • Compute
    • Secure access to virtual machines.
    • Implement endpoint protection and keep systems patched and current.
  • Networking
    • Limit communication between resources.
    • Deny by default.
    • Restrict inbound internet access and limit outbound, where appropriate.
    • Implement secure connectivity to on-premises networks.
  • Perimeter
    • Use distributed denial of service (DDoS) protection to filter large-scale attacks before they can cause a denial of service for end users.
    • Use perimeter firewalls to identify and alert on malicious attacks against your network.
  • Identity and access
    • Control access to infrastructure and change control.
    • Use single sign-on and multi-factor authentication.
    • Audit events and changes.
  • Physical security
    • Physical building security and controlling access to computing hardware within the data center is the first line of defense.


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