Many conversations I have with customers go like this:
Customer: “We cannot deploy on Azure until we know that appropriate defenses are in place.”
Me: “I agree 100%, so let’s build a threat model for the proposed design and see what you need to do, and what Microsoft provides.”
A couple of days pass as we build and iterate on the threat model.
Now here’s when the customer has an “a-ha” moment. At the end of the process we have a list of defenses for each part of the architecture and we all agree that the defenses are correct and appropriate.
It’s at that point the customer realizes that they can deploy a cloud-based solution securely.
My tongue-in-cheek response is, of course a customer can deploy a cloud-based solution securely if they have Michael Howard walking them through it. Michael does include some links on Azure security configuration and threat modeling resources so check those out.