Microsoft announces Azure tools to help developers deploy complex environments and secure their apps

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    At Build 2023 today, Microsoft will Azure deployment environment. This feature helps developers and infrastructure administrators collaborate with each other.

    The challenges that this tool helps solve are: In the old days, building an application sometimes required a complex network backend to provide all the services your app needed.

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    The Azure Deployment Environment does all of this for you automatically. The infrastructure management team uses an infrastructure-as-code approach to define the complete environment structure. Manage costs, lifetimes, organizational security, and best practices. These environment structures become templates in Azure.


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    When a developer needs that infrastructure to develop and test code, simply visit the portal and select the required infrastructure template. The Azure deployment environment then launches the entire infrastructure and also provides a global web URL for developers to share front-end access with their clients and team members.

    Overall, the Azure deployment environment saves a lot of time, cuts down on the most frustrating configuration errors, puts the code in the hands of the programmers and the management of the administrators. Azure customers can use this service for free.

    Next, we’ll introduce another tool that can make developers’ workloads easier and admins less worried: GitHub Advanced Security for Azure DevOps. last year, Microsoft has announced the availability of this serviceAnd now Microsoft has announced the availability of a public preview.

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    This will GitHub advanced security feature Azure DevOps, with direct integration into Azure Repos and Azure Pipelines. There are three main features that can make your developer’s life easier and your organization more secure.

    Secret scan: Blocks pushing code containing credentials (such as passwords and API keys) to repositories and scans repositories for credentials that have already been exposed. Since so many breaches are due to compromised credentials, this is a powerful way to protect your organization (and possibly your job).

    Dependency scanning: It verifies that packages it depends on do not contain known vulnerabilities, and lets you know if it depends on anything that could pose a security problem.


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    Code scan: Scan your code for coding errors that can lead to security issues, such as failed input validation. Use the. CodeQL static analysis engine Test languages ​​such as C/C++, C#, Go, Java and Kotlin, JavaScript and TypeScript, Python, and Ruby.

    Pricing is the same as GitHub Advanced Security, $49/month per active committer, through the normal Azure billing cycle. A general availability schedule has not yet been announced.

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