Security recommendations in Azure Security Center

This topic explains how to view and understand the recommendations in Azure Security Center to help you protect your Azure resources.

Note

This document introduces the service by using an example deployment. This document is not a step-by-step guide.

What are security recommendations?

Recommendations are actions for you to take in order to secure your resources.

Security Center periodically analyzes the security state of your Azure resources to identify potential security vulnerabilities. It then provides you with recommendations on how to remediate those vulnerabilities.

Each recommendation provides you with:

  • A short description of the issue.
  • The remediation steps to carry out in order to implement the recommendation.
  • The affected resources.

Monitor recommendations

Security Center analyzes the security state of your resources to identify potential vulnerabilities. The Recommendations tile under Overview shows the total number of recommendations identified by Security Center.

Security center overview

  1. Select the Recommendations tile under Overview. The Recommendations list opens.

  2. Recommendations are grouped into security controls.

    Recommendations grouped by security control

  3. Expand a control and select a specific recommendation to view the recommendation page.

    Recommendation details page.

    The page includes:

    • Enforce and Deny buttons on supported recommendations (see Prevent misconfigurations with Enforce/Deny recommendations)
    • Severity indicator
    • Freshness interval (where relevant)
    • Description - A short description of the issue
    • Remediation steps - A description of the manual steps required to remediate the security issue on the affected resources. For recommendations with 'quick fix', you can select View remediation logic before applying the suggested fix to your resources.
    • Affected resources - Your resources are grouped into tabs:
      • Healthy resources – Relevant resources which either aren't impacted or on which you've already remediated the issue.

      • Unhealthy resources – Resources which are still impacted by the identified issue.

      • Not applicable resources – Resources for which the recommendation can't give a definitive answer. The not applicable tab also includes reasons for each resource.

        Not applicable resources with reasons.

Preview recommendations

Recommendations flagged as Preview aren't included in the calculations of your secure score.

They should still be remediated wherever possible, so that when the preview period ends they'll contribute towards your score.

An example of a preview recommendation:

Recommendation with the preview flag

Next steps

In this document, you were introduced to security recommendations in Security Center. To learn how to remediate the recommendations: