Before the basic features and value-added features of Security Center expire, you must renew the subscription to Security Center at the earliest opportunity. This ensures that Security Center continuously protects your assets. If you do not renew the subscription to Security Center within seven days after Security Center expires, your historical data and configurations of Security Center are automatically deleted. This topic describes how to renew the subscription to Security Center.

Expiration description

Renewal notification

Seven days before the subscription to Security Center expires, the system sends you renewal notifications by text message, email, or internal message. If you do not renew the subscription before Security Center expires, Security Center no longer protects your assets after the expiration date.

Retention of data and configurations

After Security Center expires, Security Center enters a grace period that lasts seven days. During the grace period, Security Center retains all your configurations and data, including your asset groups, tags, quarantined files, vulnerability whitelists, and baseline check policies. If you renew the subscription within the grace period, you can continue to use the configurations and historical data of Security Center.

If you do not renew the subscription within the grace period, Security Center is released, and you can no longer view the configurations or historical data. The edition of Security Center is downgraded to Basic. After Security Center is released, you must purchase Security Center again before you can add your assets to Security Center and enable the required features to protect your assets. For more information about how to purchase Security Center, see Purchase Security Center.

Note Security Center uses the subscription billing method. No overdue payments occur when you use Security Center.

Renewal methods and scenarios

Renewal method Renewal type Description Scenario
Manual renewal Standard Renewal You can retain the existing specifications of Security Center when you manually renew the subscription. If you do not want to change the specifications of Security Center or use auto-renewal, you can use this method.
Renew and Upgrade/Downgrade You can change the specifications of Security Center when you renew the subscription. The existing specifications are not affected within the current billing cycle. When the renewal order takes effect, the specifications are automatically changed.

If you want to immediately change the specifications of Security Center, you can upgrade or downgrade Security Center. For more information, see Upgrade and downgrade Security Center.

Important Before an existing renewal order takes effect, you cannot change the specifications of Security Center.
If you want to change the specifications in the next billing cycle and retain the existing specifications in the current billing cycle, we recommend that you use this method.
Automatic renewal Auto-renewal After you enable auto-renewal, the system automatically renews Security Center before Security Center expires.
Note
  • After you enable auto-renewal, the system automatically deducts the renewal fees from your account balance nine days before the expiration date. Make sure that you have a sufficient balance in your payment account. You cannot enable auto-renewal for Security Center one day before its expiration date. To continue using Security Center in this case, you must manually renew Security Center.
  • If you manually renew the subscription before the system automatically deducts fees for auto-renewal, the next auto-renewal is performed based on the expiration date of the manual renewal.
  • Auto-renewal takes effect the next day after you enable it. Coupons can be used for auto-renewal.
If you want to use Security Center for a long period of time, we recommend that you use this method. This way, you do not need to manually renew Security Center each time Security Center expires.

Manual renewal

Standard Renewal

  1. Log on to the Security Center console. On the Overview page, choose Renewal > Standard Renewal.
  2. On the Renew page, configure Duration, read and select Security Center Terms of Service, and then click Buy Now.

Renew and Upgrade/Downgrade

The value of the Protected Servers parameter cannot be less than the number of servers that you added to Security Center. The value of the vCore parameter cannot be less than the number of cores of the added servers. If you want to reduce the values of the Protected Servers and vCore parameters in the next billing cycle, unbind the servers that you no longer want to protect from Security Center or release the servers beforehand. The servers include Elastic Compute Service (ECS) instances and servers that are not deployed on Alibaba Cloud.
Important Before an existing renewal order takes effect, you cannot change the specifications of Security Center.
  1. Log on to the Security Center console. On the Overview page, choose Renewal > Renew and Upgrade/Downgrade.
  2. On the Renew and Change Configuration page, configure the Edition, Protected Servers, and vCore parameters, enable value-added features and configure quotas for the features, read and select Security Center Terms of Service, and then click Buy Now.

    If you change the specifications that are displayed on the Overview page, the data on the Overview page is not immediately changed. The data is changed in the next billing cycle. The specifications refer to Total Assets, Authorized, Remaining Authorized, and Remaining Anti-ransomware Storage.

    You can view the start time and end time of the order and the new configurations. To view the information, perform the following operations: In the upper-right corner of the Security Center console, choose Expenses > Orders. On the Orders page, click the Commodity Orders tab. Find the order for your renewal and specifications change, and click Details in the Actions column to go to the Orders page.

Auto-renewal

When you purchase Security Center, you can select Auto-renewal in the Duration section to enable auto-renewal. If you do not select Auto-renewal when you purchase Security Center, perform the following steps to enable auto-renewal:

  1. Log on to the Security Center console. In the top navigation bar, choose Expenses > Renewal Management.
  2. On the Renewal page, click the Manual tab, find Security Center, and then click Enable Auto Renewal in the Actions column.
  3. In the Enable Auto Renewal dialog box, specify an auto renewal cycle and click Auto Renew.
    Important After you enable auto-renewal, the system automatically deducts the renewal fees from your account balance nine days before Security Center expires. Make sure that you have a sufficient balance in your payment account.