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Announcing Storage Protect for Azure Blob
6/14/2022 - Brian O'Neill


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We’re excited to announce the newest release of our Storage Protect Cloud Security solution for Azure Blob. This product now has 4 unique iterations for protecting Azure Blob, Google Cloud Storage, AWS S3 and SharePoint Online Site Drive instances.

Threats to your data storage can include a wide variety of viruses and malware, scripts, executables (and much more), and they can even include breaches of NSFW policy in image files. Storage Protect provides dynamic layers of protection against a huge number of potential threats to your data storage, and it leverages two powerful Cloudmersive APIs to get the job done.


Every cloud storage product, including Azure Blob, contains built-in security policies designed to protect your data in basic ways. These policies aren’t enough to stay on top of the ever-evolving threat landscape, however; that’s why our Virus Scanning API uses a growing list of 17 million+ virus and malware signatures to always keep your threat profile ahead of the curve.

Security policy customization is key to ensure our product fits your organization's needs. To that end, Storage Protect allows you to configure one of two iterations of the Cloudmersive Virus Scanning API to dictate your own policies. These iterations are displayed as Basic and Advanced options when configuring your product. With the Basic API capabilities, you’ll enable multi-threat scanning across viruses, malware, trojans, ransomware, and spyware, with a wide variety of file formats supported. The Advanced option builds on the Basic option to block additional threats beyond the scope of viruses and malware, such as scripts, executables, invalid files, and more.

Each Virus Scanning API iteration boasts a sub-second response time, so you’ll get the results of your scan almost instantaneously. To help you manage scenarios where threats are identified, Storage Protect provides simple, customizable outcome actions allowing you to delete or quarantine the infected files outright. Clean files can be just as easily tagged as “Clean”, so you’ll always end up with an easy-to-navigate scan result no matter what.


Protecting your data isn’t always about scanning for viruses and malware. Image files stored in your database can quietly contain breaches of NSFW (Not Safe for Work) policies, such as pornographic or racy material, and unsolicited viewership of such images can sometimes result in sexual harassment litigation.

Storage Protect now offers AI Content Moderation services specifically geared towards identifying racy or pornographic material within images by automatically reviewing each file's respective pixels. This task is performed by the underlying NSFW Classification API, which provides a score between 0.0 – 1.0 for each image file based on the degree to which the contents of the file consist of racy or pornographic content. Files with zero racy content typically get scores between 0.0 – 0.2 and receive an accompanying Classification Result string which appropriately describes the score range as “Low Probability.” Scores between 0.2 – 0.8 have an increasing likelihood to contain some degree of racy content and receive a “Medium Probability” string. Any scores above 0.8 are considered “High Probability” to contain illicit content; scores closest to 1.0 are the most likely to contain outright pornography.

This AI Content Moderation feature can be enabled by electing the Advanced Scan option in Storage Protect. Using the dynamic scoring system provided through the NSFW Classification API, you can easily tailor NSFW content scans to identify images based on your company’s specific NSFW policies. With this feature configured, your business can save a lot of time, energy and resources that might’ve otherwise spent manually reviewing image uploads to achieve the same classification result.


When we add new features to Storage Protect, you’ll be the first to know about it. We’ll keep you posted as our flagship security product continues to evolve in new and exciting directions.

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