Ensure that your Microsoft Azure virtual machines (VMs) have a sufficient daily backup retention period configured within the associated backup policy for security and compliance purposes. Prior to running this rule by the Cloud Conformity engine, the backup retention period must be defined in the rule settings, on the Cloud Conformity account dashboard. The maximum retention period supported is 30 days.
This rule resolution is part of the Cloud Conformity Security & Compliance tool for Azure
Having an optimal daily backup retention period for your Azure virtual machines will enforce your backup strategy to follow the best practices as specified in the compliance regulations promoted by your organization. Retaining VM backups for a longer period of time will allow you to handle more efficiently your data restoration process in the event of a failure.
To determine if your Azure virtual machines have a sufficient daily backup retention period configured, perform the following actions:
Remediation / Resolution
To reconfigure your backup policies in order to set the correct daily backup retention period for your Microsoft Azure virtual machines (VMs), perform the following actions:
- Azure Official Documentation
- What is the Azure Backup service?
- An overview of Azure VM backup
- Recovery Services vaults overview
- Back up a virtual machine in Azure
- Back up a virtual machine in Azure with the CLI
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Check for Sufficient Daily Backup Retention Period
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