Microsoft launches Azure Security Lab

At the ongoing Black Hat USA 2019 conference, Microsoft announced the Azure Security Lab ‚ a sandbox-like environment for security researchers to test Azure security without putting the company's customers at risk.

The platform will require researchers to apply to join the program, and if they are accepted, the researchers will have access to a direct line of communication with Azure's security team. The new bounty program should be a good incentive to make the Azure ecosystem more secure for all customers, and Microsoft really needs Azure to be as secure as possible if it wants to be taken seriously as an Amazon Web Services competitor. They cannot only research vulnerabilities in Azure, but also attempt to exploit them.

Microsoft is committed to ensuring our cloud is secure from modern threats.

"The isolation of the Azure Security Lab allows us to offer something new: researchers cannot only research vulnerabilities in Azure, they can attempt to exploit them".

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There are new scenario-based challenges in the Azure Security Lab with additional bounty awards of up to $300,000.

Meanwhile, the Redmond giant has also made several changes to its security researcher reputation system. You could use the Azure Security Lab to top that in the next 12. "Top researchers receive many benefits, including public recognition, swag, and invitations to special events", Microsoft told BleepingComputer.

Microsoft has also now laid out Safe Harbor principles for security researchers where they can identify and report vulnerabilities and other security issues without the fear of legal repercussions. "The top tier now includes anyone who meets a certain threshold", while "bonus points are added for high priority research areas", Microsoft also told BleepingComputer.

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