Azure Security Lab is Microsoft’s new challenge for security researchers

by Vlad Turiceanu
Vlad Turiceanu
Vlad Turiceanu
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Azure Security Lab is Microsoft's new challenge for security researchers

Azure is one of Microsoft‘s best products at the moment, and the company continues to invest time and money into their service.

After the acquisition of BlueTalon and the introduction of Azure Dedicated Hosts, the Redmond giant further tries to evolve its product with Azure Security Lab.

Microsoft is doubling down on Azure’s security

To emphasise the security of Azure, Microsoft invited security researchers to test attacks against IaaS scenarios in a customer-safe cloud environment called the Azure Security Lab.

This is not the first time when the tech giant does this. In the past, white hackers that were willing to test Azure’s security were welcomed to try in exchange of significant bounties.

Now, the bounties have been doubled to a whooping $40,000, and that’s not all:

The isolation of the Azure Security Lab allows us offer something new: researchers can not only research vulnerabilities in Azure, they can attempt to exploit them. Those with access to the Azure Security Lab may attempt the scenario-based challenges with top awards of $300,000. For more details on the new and increased awards please see theAzure Bounty Program page.

Microsoft’s collaboration with security researchers improved their products

Microsoft focuses more and more on security lately, and Azure was built with security in mind. That’s why customers have access to products like Azure Sentinel and Azure Security Center.

Also, there is the Cloud Defense Operations Center (CDOC) and the security teams behind it that work continuously to identify and eliminate threats. Here’s what Microsoft is saying about their last year of collaboration with researchers:

By identifying and reporting vulnerabilities to Microsoft through coordinated vulnerability disclosure, security researchers have repeatedly demonstrated that working together helps protect customers.  In appreciation of their efforts and the opportunity to mitigate issues before they are publicly known and used for harm, we’ve issued $4.4 million dollars in bounty rewards over the past 12 months. 

Azure getting bigger and more secure is good news for everyone, especially for customers.

If you want to find out more about Microsoft’s Azure Bounty Program, you can do that on the official web page. Also, if you want to apply to join the Azure Security Lab, you can do that by accessing this link.

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