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3.2 Set 'Enable Infrastructure Encryption' for Each Storage Account in Azure Storage to 'enabled' (Automated)


This rule has been changed to automated, see Automated Policies for CIS Azure 1.5.0 for details.

Profile Applicability

• Level 2


Enabling encryption at the hardware level on top of the default software encryption for Storage Accounts accessing Azure storage solutions.


Azure Storage automatically encrypts all data in a storage account at the network level using 256-bit AES encryption, which is one of the strongest, FIPS 140-2-compliant block ciphers available. Customers who require higher levels of assurance that their data is secure can also enable 256-bit AES encryption at the Azure Storage infrastructure level for double encryption. Double encryption of Azure Storage data protects against a scenario where one of the encryption algorithms or keys may be compromised. Similarly, data is encrypted even before network transmission and in all backups. In this scenario, the additional layer of encryption continues to protect your data. For the most secure implementation of key based encryption, it is recommended to use a Customer Managed asymmetric RSA 2048 Key in Azure Key Vault.


The read and write speeds to the storage will be impacted if both default encryption and Infrastructure Encryption are checked, as a secondary form of encryption requires more resource overhead for the cryptography of information. This performance impact should be considered in an analysis for justifying use of the feature in your environment. Customer-managed keys are recommended for the most secure implementation, leading to overhead of key management. The key will also need to be backed up in a secure location, as loss of the key will mean loss of the information in the storage.


From Azure Portal

  1. From Azure Portal select the portal menu in the top left. Find 'Storage Accounts' and select it.
  2. Click on each storage account within each resource group you wish to audit.
  3. In the overview screen that opens up, view under the Security heading whether 'Infrastructure Encryption' is set to 'Enabled'.

From Azure CLI

az storage blob show \
--account-name <storage-account> \
--container-name <container> \
--name <blob> \
--query "properties.serverEncrypted"

From Azure Powershell

$account = Get-AzStorageAccount -ResourceGroupName <resource-group> `
-Name <storage-account>
$blob = Get-AzStorageBlob -Context $account.Context `
-Container <container> `
-Blob <blob>


From Azure Portal

  1. During Storage Account creation, in the Encryption tab, select the box next to Enable infrastructure encryption.

From Azure CLI

Replace the information within <> with appropriate values:

az storage account create \
--name <storage-account> \
--resource-group <resource-group> \
--location <location> \
--sku Standard_RAGRS \
--kind StorageV2 \

From Azure Powershell

Replace the information within <> with appropriate values:

New-AzStorageAccount -ResourceGroupName <resource_group> `
-AccountName <storage-account> `
-Location <location> `
-SkuName "Standard_RAGRS" `
-Kind StorageV2 `

Enabling Infrastructure Encryption after Storage Account Creation If infrastructure encryption was not enabled on blob storage creation, there is no official way to enable it. Please see the additional information section.


Additional Information

Every block blob, append blob, or page blob written to Azure Storage after October 20, 2017 has the default service side encryption for Azure Storage enabled. It is not possible to enable hardware encryption on a blob storage after its creation. There are ways to copy all data from a blob storage into another or download and reupload into another blob storage. This could result in data loss and is not recommended.