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Elevating Security in Software Development


An international software development company.

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Azure Security Assessment

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In the fast-paced sector of software development, a prominent software development company recognized the need to bolster the security of its Azure cloud environment. With a diverse portfolio of projects and a commitment to delivering cutting-edge software solutions, the company faced the challenge of ensuring that its cloud infrastructure and workloads were secure, compliant, and optimized for performance. Amidst the complexity of their Azure deployment, they identified gaps in their security posture but lacked a clear starting point and a structured approach to prioritising and addressing these vulnerabilities.


The software development company grappled with several key challenges in securing its Azure environment:

  • Security Configuration Gaps: There was an awareness of existing security configuration gaps across their Azure workloads, but a systematic approach to identify and prioritise these gaps was missing.
  • Lack of Standardisation: The absence of defined patterns for the analysis and assessment of workloads against security standards led to inconsistencies and vulnerabilities.
  • Infrastructure Management: The desire to shift to an Infrastructure as Code (IaC) model underscored the need for a more secure, manageable, and standardised deployment process for new workloads and critical data.


Metis Security embarked on a comprehensive Azure security assessment to address these challenges head-on. The solution comprised several key components:

  • Best Practices Review: Conducted an exhaustive review of the company's Azure environment against security best practices, focusing on cloud architecture configurations and deployed workloads.
  • Security Configuration Analysis: Utilised advanced tools and methodologies to identify security configuration gaps and vulnerabilities across Azure services, including Azure Active Directory, Azure Storage, and Azure Virtual Machines.
  • Infrastructure as Code (IaC) Transition: Advised on transitioning to an IaC deployment model using Azure Resource Manager (ARM) templates and Terraform to ensure consistent, repeatable, and secure deployment of infrastructure and applications.
  • Standardisation and Automation: Recommended the implementation of Azure Policy and Azure DevOps for automating compliance checks and integrating security into the software development lifecycle (SDLC).


The security assessment and subsequent recommendations led to significant improvements in the company’s Azure security posture:

  • Enhanced Security and Compliance: The identification and remediation of security gaps significantly reduced the company's exposure to potential cyber threats and ensured compliance with industry standards.
  • Standardised Deployment Processes: Adopting an IaC model streamlined the deployment process, improving both security and efficiency by ensuring consistent configurations across all environments.
  • Automation of Security Practices: The integration of security into the SDLC via Azure DevOps and automated compliance checks via Azure Policy enabled continuous security monitoring and compliance.


The Azure security assessment conducted by Metis Security marked a turning point for the software development company, transforming its approach to cloud security. By identifying critical vulnerabilities, standardising deployment processes, and embedding security into every stage of the development process, the company not only safeguarded its Azure environment but also set a new standard for security excellence in software development. This case study underscores the importance of a proactive and comprehensive approach to cloud security, highlighting how strategic investments in security assessments can yield long-term benefits for companies navigating the complexities of the cloud.