Businesses that store or work with any data are required to adhere to specific policies. These policies can be set by the regional governing body, the industry regulatory body where the business operates, or other regulatory authorities. One of the main concerns for companies when moving to the cloud is ensuring compliance with regulatory norms. Although platforms like Microsoft Azure meet most of the regulatory requirements for cloud computing, there may be additional regulations that the company must implement to comply with the service agreements of their clients.
This article will walk you through the steps of creating an Azure Security policy and how it can benefit your organization.
What is Azure Policy?
An Azure Policy is a set of business rules that the client company creates to ensure compliance with organizational standards regarding how resources can be created, accessed, and used in the cloud. The Azure Policy allows the company to verify compliance at scale. Clients can specify business rules in JSON format. These are used to create policy definitions and policy initiatives. Resource groups can be assigned to policy initiatives. Azure Policy allows for the evaluation of resources in the cloud to ensure compliance. The client can decide the response to the system based on the results of the evaluation.
How do you create an Azure Policy?
To go to the page, enter “Policy” into your Azure Portal search bar.

2. Click on “Assignments” on the Policy page.

3. In the header section, click on “Assign Policy”. You will be taken to a page where the policy rules can be defined.

4. You can create a policy that is based on your business rules.
5. To view pre-defined definitions of your policy, you can click on the button that has three dots under “Policy Definition”. You can choose from either a pre-defined or a criterion from the list.

6. Give the assignment a name that is appropriate.
7. Before moving to the “Parameters”, you can choose the “Enabled” option under “Policy Enforcement”.

8. You can select the parameter that is based on your policy definition in the “Parameters” section.

9. When there is non-compliance, you can create a message. You can enter the message in the “Noncompliance messages” section, and then click “Next.”

10. You can review your policy by clicking on the “Create” link. You will be automatically redirected the “Policy Assignments” page.

11. The policy you have just been assigned can be found in the Policy Assignments list. After completing the above steps the policy will be enforced for the selected resource group.
Microsoft Azure Security Training – Implementing and Monitoring Security Solutions in the Cloud
Microsoft offers a variety of training programs that will help you acquire the skills and knowledge required to protect your Azure cloud resources. Microsoft Azure Administrator (AZ104T00) is an advanced course for professionals who have knowledge in Active Directory, network configuration, virtualization, resilience, disaster recovery, and network configuration. This course is intended for cloud administrators. After completing the program you will be able to take the AZ-104 exam and become a Certified Microsoft Azure Administrator. Through the course, you will learn how to secure identities using Azure Active Directory, manage subscriptions, accounts, and implement policies. You will learn about network traffic strategies and serverless computing features.
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