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'Unattached disks' are encrypted with CMK


Set up the azure.compute integration.


Ensure that unattached disks in a subscription are encrypted with a customer managed key (CMK).


Managed disks are encrypted by default with platform-managed keys. Using customer-managed keys may provide an additional level of security or meet an organization’s regulatory requirements. Encrypting managed disks ensures that its entire content is fully unrecoverable without a key and thus protects the volume from unwarranted reads. Even if the disk is not attached to any of the VMs, there is always a risk where a compromised user account with administrative access to VM service can mount/attach these data disks which may lead to sensitive information disclosure and tampering.


Encryption is available only on standard tier VMs. This could impact cost. Utilizing and maintaining customer-managed keys requires additional work to create, protect, and rotate keys.


If data stored in the disk is no longer useful, refer to [Azure documentation][1] to delete unattached data disks. If data stored in the disk is important, encrypt the disk. See the [Disk enable customer managed keys customer][2] or the [Encryption settings][3] documentation.


  1. https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/security/fundamentals/azure-disk-encryption-vms-vmss
  2. https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/security-center/security-center-disk-encryption?toc=%2fazure%2fsecurity%2ftoc.json
  3. https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/rest/api/compute/disks/delete
  4. https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/cli/azure/disk?view=azure-cli-latest#az-disk-delete
  5. https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/rest/api/compute/disks/update#encryptionsettings
  6. https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/cli/azure/disk?view=azure-cli-latest#az-disk-update
  7. https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/security/benchmarks/security-controls-v2-data-protection#dp-5-encrypt-sensitive-data-at-rest

CIS Controls

Version 7 14.8 - Encrypt Sensitive Information at Rest - Encrypt all sensitive information at rest using a tool that requires a secondary authentication mechanism not integrated into the operating system, in order to access the information.

[1]: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/rest/api/compute/disks/delete -https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/cli/azure/disk?view=azure-cli-latest#az-disk-delete [2]: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-machines/disks-enable-customer-managed-keys-portal [3]: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/rest/api/compute/disks/update#encryptionsettings