What is Shared Responsibility?


Course Intro
Shared Responsibility
Azure Security Services and Technologies
Course Conclusion
What is Shared Responsibility?

Security is a critical concern for anyone who uses the cloud. Microsoft takes this seriously and operates the Azure Platform with security as a key principle. Microsoft secures data centers, and management applications, and provides pay-as-you-go security services. Learn how to take advantage of these security features and services to enable strong security practices in your organization and to protect and secure your own cloud applications.

This course begins by looking at Azure's shared responsibility model before moving on to look at various security topics within Azure: storage security, database security, identity & access management, and networking security. By the end of this course, you should have a basic understanding of all of the key security options and features available in Microsoft Azure.

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Learning Objectives

  • Understand the shared responsibility model
  • Learn how to secure Azure resources
  • Learn about Azure security services and technologies
  • Learn how to monitor your Azure resources with Azure Security Center

Intended Audience

This course is intended for IT Professionals who need to develop an understanding of the security solutions that are available in Microsoft Azure.


To get the most from this course, you should have a basic understanding of Microsoft Azure and its offerings.


Hi there. In this lecture, we’re going to talk about the shared responsibility model. This is important to understand because, if you are an organization considering a move to the cloud, you need to understand which security tasks the cloud provider is responsible for handling and which tasks are handled by you. These responsibilities will vary depending on the workload. For example, the responsibilities for SaaS workloads will differ from IaaS workloads, which will differ from PaaS workloads, which will differ from on-prem responsibilities.

When you host your workloads in an on-prem datacenter, you own everything. However, as you move to the cloud, some of your security responsibilities are handed over to Microsoft.

The graphic on your screen details the general areas of responsibility for you and for Microsoft, based on where the workloads are hosted.

As you can see, whether your workloads run on-prem or in the cloud, you always own your data and identities, so you are responsible for the security of them. You are also responsible for your on-prem resources, along with any cloud components you control. Whether your workloads are hosted in the cloud or on-prem, you always retain the responsibility for your data, your endpoints, your accounts, and access management.

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Tom is a 25+ year veteran of the IT industry, having worked in environments as large as 40k seats and as small as 50 seats. Throughout the course of a long an interesting career, he has built an in-depth skillset that spans numerous IT disciplines. Tom has designed and architected small, large, and global IT solutions.

In addition to the Cloud Platform and Infrastructure MCSE certification, Tom also carries several other Microsoft certifications. His ability to see things from a strategic perspective allows Tom to architect solutions that closely align with business needs.

In his spare time, Tom enjoys camping, fishing, and playing poker.