(Last Updated On: February 18, 2021)

Microsoft announces a Premium version of Azure Firewall as the company is looking to satisfy the requirements of highly sensitive and regulated environments.

The new edition has been developed to secure Azure’s virtual network resources, Azure Firewall is a stateful firewall-as-a-service which provides high availability and can also scale with cloud computing services of the company.

The premium edition will provide users with the capabilities of inspecting transport layer security (TLS) connections. It will decide traffic, conduct necessary security checks, and then re-encrypt the traffic prior to sending it to its destination.

The company’s blog had announced the release of the Premium edition, while Azure Network team’s program managers had highlighted some of the new editions most noteworthy features.

One of these new features includes a signature-based intrusion detection and prevention system (IDPS) which will keep a lookout for certain patterns, such as byte sequences with network traffic.

It will also develop upon a few Azure Firewall features which will boost their usability.

User will also be able to configure the latest features, exclusively through the Firewall Policy resource, rather than using Azure Firewall Manager.

Regular firewall rules will still apply and continue to be supported by Azure, the authors note said.

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