This topic describes how to get started with Security Center, including information about purchase procedures and common operations.

Intended users

First-time users of Security Center

Learn about Security Center

Introduction to Security Center

Security Center is a cloud platform that can help you manage security risks. Security Center can continuously monitor the security status of your assets and provides in-depth threat defense, comprehensive analysis, and quick response capabilities. In addition, Security Center provides multiple features such as cloud asset management, baseline check, proactive defense, security hardening, configuration assessment, and security status visualization. The features can efficiently detect and block risks such as virus spreading, attacks, encryption ransomware, vulnerability exploits, and AccessKey pair leaks. Security Center is an end-to-end and automated system for security operations. Security Center helps you protect workloads on hosts, containers, and virtual machines that are deployed on hybrid clouds and helps you meet regulatory compliance requirements.

Editions

Security Center is available in the Basic, Anti-virus, Advanced, Enterprise, and Ultimate editions. The Basic edition is free of charge.

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Edition Overview
Basic edition

Security Center Basic provides basic security hardening capabilities free of charge. You can use the capabilities to detect unusual logons to your servers, DDoS attacks, common vulnerabilities on your servers, and configuration risks of cloud services. If you select Security Enhancement when you purchase an Elastic Compute Service (ECS) instance, Security Center Basic is automatically activated.

Security Center provides a 7-day free trial of the Ultimate edition. Only users who purchased an ECS instance and are first-time users of Security Center can apply for the free trial. If you are qualified for a 7-day free trial, the Security Center console displays a message that provides the free trial after you log on.

Anti-virus edition

Security Center Anti-virus uses the subscription billing method and provides security features, such as alerting and antivirus.

Advanced edition

Security Center Advanced uses the subscription billing method and provides security features, such as alerting, antivirus, vulnerability detection and fixing, and security reports.

Enterprise edition

Security Center Enterprise uses the subscription billing method and provides various security features. The features include alerting, antivirus, vulnerability detection and fixing, baseline check, asset fingerprints, and attack analysis.

Ultimate edition

Security Center Ultimate uses the subscription billing method and provides various security features. The features include container image scan, threat detection on Kubernetes containers, network topology of containers, alerting, antivirus, vulnerability detection and fixing, baseline check, asset fingerprints, and attack analysis.

Try Security Center for free

Security Center provides a 7-day free trial of the Ultimate edition for users of the Basic edition. If you did not purchase Security Center, you can apply for a free trial of the Ultimate edition to handle mining programs. For more information about how to apply for a free trial of the Ultimate edition, see Apply for a 7-day free trial of Security Center.

Free trial

Purchase Security Center

Billing

The Anti-virus, Advanced, Enterprise, Ultimate, and Value-added Plan editions of Security Center use the subscription billing method.

Edition Billing formula
Basic Free
Anti-virus Fee = (Value of the vCore parameter × Basic fees + Fees of value-added features) × Subscription duration
Note The value of the vCore parameter specifies the quota for the cores of the servers that you want to protect.
Advanced Fee = (Value of Protected Servers × Basic fees + Fees of value-added features) × Subscription duration
Note The Protected Servers parameter specifies the total number of assets that can be protected by Security Center. The assets include Alibaba Cloud Elastic Compute Service (ECS) instances and third-party servers on which the Security Center agent is installed. The default value is the total number of ECS instances and third-party servers on which the Security Center agent is installed within your Alibaba Cloud account.

When you purchase Security Center, the value that you specify for the Protected Servers parameter must be greater than or equal to the number of servers within your Alibaba Cloud account. If the value is less than the number of servers within your Alibaba Cloud account, the system displays a message after you purchase Security Center. The message indicates that the number of servers that need to be protected exceeds the limit. In this case, your use of Security Center may be affected, and you cannot renew your subscription to Security Center. To resolve the issues, you must upgrade Security Center and increase the value of the Protected Servers parameter.

Enterprise
Ultimate Fee = (Value of Protected Servers × Basic fees + Value of the vCore parameter × Basic fees + Fees of value-added features) × Subscription duration
Value-added Plan Fee = Fees of value-added features × Subscription duration

Entry point

You can click the button below to go to the buy page of Security Center and purchase Security Center. For more information, see Purchase Security Center.

Purchase Security Center

Use Security Center

Security Center provides various security protection features. For more information, see Functions and features.

Developer tools

If you are familiar with network service protocols and one or more programming languages, we recommend that you use Security Center API to manage your assets and develop applications. For more information about the supported API operations, see Overview of Security Center API.

Alibaba Cloud provides OpenAPI Explorer to simplify SDK usage. You can use OpenAPI Explorer to dynamically generate SDK code based on your needs.

Feedback and suggestions

If you have questions and suggestions about Security Center, you can use the following methods to provide your feedback and obtain technical support:
  • Online help: You can use Live Chat to obtain online technical support.
  • Service feedback: You can submit your feedback on usage issues and optimization suggestions of Security Center. To submit feedback, perform the following operations: Log on to the Security Center console and click the Feedback icon icon on the right side. In the Submit Your Feedback dialog box, enter and submit your feedback.
  • Document feedback: If you find errors in the documentation, such as link errors and content shortages, you can click Feedback in the lower part of the documentation page to describe the errors and submit your feedback.
  • Ticket: You can submit a ticket to obtain technical support.