Secure Your Cloud with Azure Security Center

Lab Steps

Logging in to the Microsoft Azure Portal
Exploring Azure Security Center
Inspecting the Insecure Lab Resources
Following Azure Security Center Recommendations

The hands-on lab is part of these learning paths

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Time Limit2h


The security of your cloud environment should always a leading concern. However, it can be difficult to stay on top of all the resources and changes taking place in your environment. Azure provides Security Center to help lighten the burden of securing your cloud environment. Take advantage of automatic security audits and recommendations to secure your cloud with Azure Security Center in this Lab. You will mitigate security risks identified by Security Center in a pre-created cloud environment.

Lab Objectives

Upon completion of this Lab you will be able to:

  • Use Security Center to identify network, compute, storage, and application security risks in your Azure environment
  • Follow Security Center's recommendations to mitigate risks
  • Resolve several common security issues

Lab Prerequisites

You should be familiar with:

  • Basic Azure resources, such as Subnets, Virtual Machines, and Network Security Groups

Lab Environment

Before completing the Lab instructions, the environment will look as follows:

After completing the Lab instructions, the environment should look similar to:



September 22nd, 2021: Updated screenshots to reflect the latest Security Center experience and capabilities.

May 3rd, 2021: Updated screenshots to reflect the latest Security Center experience and capabilities.

July 1st, 2020: Added additional instructions to allow validation checks to pass even if Security Center has yet to detect the issues being resolved in the final lab step. Increased time limit as well.

May 22nd, 2020: Updated screenshots to reflect the latest Security Center experience. Also increased time limit to allow more time to wait for Security Center to scan the lab environment (it can take up to 30 minutes)

May 13th, 2020: Updated screenshots and added additional warnings about inherent Security Center delays that can make the list of recommendations temporarily appear empty

April 12th, 2020: Added validation checks to check the work you perform in the lab

April 12th, 2020: Updated to reflect the latest Security Center experience and capabilities

November 11th, 2018: Updated the text and screenshots to match the latest Security Center experience

September 7th, 2018: Updated text and images to match the latest Azure experience

About the Author
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Logan has been involved in software development and research since 2007 and has been in the cloud since 2012. He is an AWS Certified DevOps Engineer - Professional, AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Professional, Microsoft Certified Azure Solutions Architect Expert, MCSE: Cloud Platform and Infrastructure, Google Cloud Certified Associate Cloud Engineer, Certified Kubernetes Security Specialist (CKS), Certified Kubernetes Administrator (CKA), Certified Kubernetes Application Developer (CKAD), and Certified OpenStack Administrator (COA). He earned his Ph.D. studying design automation and enjoys all things tech.