Encryption options for Azure IaaS VMs

Encryption options for Azure IaaS VMs

Q. What are the encryption options for Azure IaaS VMs?

A. Encryption of data is always a hot topic as companies can struggle with the idea of their data sitting in a datacenter controlled by someone else and also about the possibility (however rare and unlikely) of the cloud provider to be compelled to hand over their data to a government entity. While the news is often filled of stories of cloud providers fighting governments to protect customer data and at minimum have the right to notify the customers the ideal solution is for the customer data to be encrypted by the customer in such a way that the cloud provider can't read the data even if they wanted to. There are a number of different options for encryption with varying levels of protection. I've listed the main ones that would apply to Azure IaaS VMs.

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