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Securing Azure
Microsoft Azure has emerged as one of the dominant public cloud platforms for developers and IT Pros. But what are the tools to help our applications stay safe and secure? In this Azure-focused talk, we'll cover 18 of them. We'll warm up with a couple of high level topics like compliance and multi-factor authentication, move to security features of more popular services (like Storage, SQL, Web Apps, and VMs) including some that many long-time users don't know about, then shift gears to talk about security-focused services that have come out recently or are in preview. Topics we'll touch on will span administration, secret management, encryption, firewalls, networks, PowerShell, and more. Along the way we'll mention commonly used Azure features to avoid (showing better approaches), and dispel a couple of myths about cloud security. You'll walk away impressed with the breadth and depth of Azure's security story - and have a bunch of new tools for your security toolbox. Presenter Bill Wilder, Chief Technology Officer at Finomial Corporation. For several years before joining Finomial Bill was a cloud-focused consultant, focused on helping companies and individuals succeed in the cloud using the Microsoft Azure cloud platform. Consulting clients ranged from startups to very large enterprises (including Microsoft). Bill is the author of the book Cloud Architecture Patterns ( (published by O’Reilly in October 2012). He was also technical editor for Microsoft's Cloud Design Patterns book ( Bill is the founder/leader of the oldest Azure-focused community group in the world - Boston Azure ( He can be found giving guest lectures at universities in the Boston area, speaking to technology community groups, and presenting at the occasional conference. Bill's expertise with Azure and his contributions to the development community have earned him recognition from Microsoft as an Azure MVP since Jan 2011. He was among the first dozen or so people worldwide to receive this honor. Bill can be found blogging at Coding Out Loud ( and on Twitter at @codingoutloud. You can also check out the Boston Azure cloud user group at ( and @bostonazure.


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If you are interested in finding out more about Microsoft Azure then we invite you to be part of the Nashville Microsoft Azure User Group. The purpose of this group is to educate and inform its members about all aspects of Microsoft Azure that are relevant to CIOs, CTOs, Architects, Developers, IT infrastructure Managers and others. It also provides a forum for open discussion and informal networking among the membership. We currently have over 300 members.

Topics that we discuss at meetings include:

• What is Windows Azure?

• Who is using it?

• Where is it appropriate and not appropriate?

• How to make effective use of it.

The group meets every 3rd Thursday of the month starting at 6:00 PM. Meetings are held at Microsoft, 8 City Blvd., Suite 403, Nashville, TN.

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