CypherCon 2024

Securing Azure cloud infrastructure

Eric D. Boyd


Microsoft Azure is one of the most popular and rapidly growing cloud platforms for hosting applications, data, and services. While the objectives of securing Azure cloud environments are not fundamentally  different than when securing traditional on-premises environments, some aspects require different techniques and methods. In this session, you will learn how to apply zero trust principles, defense in depth, and least privilege to protect your Azure resources and environment from cyberattacks. You will also discover the tools and techniques that help you monitor, detect, and respond to threats for Azure environments.


By the end of this session, you will be able to:
Identify the common security challenges and risks in Azure cloud environments.
Implement best practices for securing Azure network, identity, storage, and compute resources.
Use Azure capabilities and services to enhance your security posture and visibility.
Assess and improve your security maturity using Azure tools and guidelines.

Eric D. Boyd

Cloud Security

Eric D. Boyd is a highly respected entrepreneur, public speaker, and author with almost three decades of experience in the technology industry. He is a Microsoft Azure MVP, a Microsoft Regional Director, and a leading expert in cloud computing, system design and solution architecture, software development, and digital transformation. As the founder and CEO of responsiveX, a Microsoft partner and digital innovation consultancy, Eric has helped numerous businesses across a wide range of industries leverage emerging technologies to improve their operations and grow their businesses. Under his leadership, responsiveX has become a trusted partner to its clients, delivering innovative solutions that drive real results. He is also a sought-after speaker and thought leader on topics related to technology and entrepreneurship. He has delivered presentations and participated in panel discussions at many industry events, including Microsoft Ignite, Microsoft Build, Visual Studio Live!, and several other conferences
around the world.

Eric is the author of Step-by-Step Azure SQL Database a popular guidebook for technology professionals seeking to leverage Microsoft cloud database technology. He has also contributed to several other industry publications, including MSDN Magazine and Redmond Channel Partner. Eric shares his expertise and insights through his blog at, on X/Twitter at @EricDBoyd,
and through numerous podcast interviews and educational videos. He is passionate about helping others succeed in the technology industry and mentors students competing in the ImagineCup competition and works with startups through the Microsoft for Startups Founders Hub program. He is deeply committed to giving back to the community and supporting the next generation of technology leaders. With his deep expertise in cloud computing and digital transformation, Eric D. Boyd is a true visionary and a leading voice in the technology industry.