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3.2 Ensure that ‘Enable Infrastructure Encryption’ for Each Storage Account in Azure Storage is Set to ‘enabled’ (Automated)


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

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• Level 2


Enabling double 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. When creating a storage account, proceed as normal, but stop on the 'Advanced' tab.
  2. Select 'Enabled' next to Infrastructure Encryption.

From Azure CLI

Replace the information within <> with your values.

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

From Azure Powershell

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

Enabling Infrastructure Encryption after Storage Account Creation If a 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

The default service side encryption for Azure Storage is enabled on every block blob, append blob, or page blob that was written to Azure Storage after October 20, 2017. Hardware encryption, however, cannot be enabled 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.