Implementing Security Validations for Application Development
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Microsoft Azure offers a wide range of options to secure and protect your data, regardless of the format. Whether you're dealing with documents, SQL databases or big data, there are multiple solutions ranging from authentication to virtual networks.
In this course, we will cover the protection of your data from external and internal threats, whether those threats be malicious or accidental. We will see how good design combined with the right configuration can secure your organization's most precious asset: its data.

Learning Objectives

  • Configure security policies to classify, protect, and manage data
  • Configure data retention for storage and databases
  • Set up Azure SQL security features and auditing
  • Learn how to configure storage account security and access
  • Learn how to secure HDInsight clusters
  • Configure Cosmos DB security
  • Configure Data Lake security
  • Learn good design features of an Azure application
  • See how Azure App Services can secure your app
  • See how a governance policy can help formalize security requirements

Intended Audience

  • People preparing for Microsoft’s AZ-500 exam
  • System administrators
  • App developers


  • Experience with Microsoft Azure
  • Experience with Office 365
  • Basic knowledge of computer security principles
  • Basic networking knowledge



Once your application has been deployed, you'll want to be alerted to any issues as soon as possible, preferably before users do. Azure has several automated tests, three to be exact, that will allow you to monitor your website's availability and basic performance. You could say these tests are to production environments what test-driven development is to a development environment. At the most basic level, there is the URL ping test, which as the name implies, tests basic responsiveness of your website at regular intervals, logging results. The ping test can be configured through the Azure portal.

The next level of complexity are tests where you can play back a recorded series of web requests against your website. These multi-step tests are created in Visual Studio Enterprise. 

Alternately, perhaps if you don't have a Visual Studio Enterprise license, you could create your own application to perform availability testing. Within the Microsoft.ApplicationInsights namespace, you can use the TelemeteryClient TrackAvailibity method. These tests are created in the context of an application insights resource. An Application Insights resource has the capacity to host up to 100 availability tests.

About the Author
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Hallam is a software architect with over 20 years experience across a wide range of industries. He began his software career as a  Delphi/Interbase disciple but changed his allegiance to Microsoft with its deep and broad ecosystem. While Hallam has designed and crafted custom software utilizing web, mobile and desktop technologies, good quality reliable data is the key to a successful solution. The challenge of quickly turning data into useful information for digestion by humans and machines has led Hallam to specialize in database design and process automation. Showing customers how leverage new technology to change and improve their business processes is one of the key drivers keeping Hallam coming back to the keyboard.