Penetration Testing

One of the benefits of using Azure for application testing and deployment is that you can quickly get environments created. You don’t have to worry about requisitioning, acquiring, and “racking and stacking” your own on-premises hardware.

This is great – but you still need to make sure you perform your normal security due diligence. One of the things you likely want to do is penetration test the applications you deploy in Azure.

You might already know that Microsoft performs penetration testing of our Azure environment. This helps drive Azure improvements.

We don’t penetration test your application for you, but we do understand that you will want and need to perform testing on your own applications. That’s a good thing, because when you enhance the security of your applications you help make the entire Azure ecosystem more secure.

As of June 15, 2017, Microsoft no longer requires pre-approval to conduct a penetration test against Azure resources. Customers who wish to formally document upcoming penetration testing engagements against Microsoft Azure are encouraged to fill out the Azure Service Penetration Testing Notification form. This process is only related to Microsoft Azure, and not applicable to any other Microsoft Cloud Service.


While notifying Microsoft of pen testing activities is no longer required customers must still comply with the Microsoft Cloud Unified Penetration Testing Rules of Engagement.

Standard tests you can perform include:

Next steps

  • If you would like to formally document an upcoming penetration testing against your applications hosted in Microsoft Azure, head on over to the Penetration Testing Rules of Engagement and fill out the testing notification form.