Data security Q&A with John Molesky, Azure Security Engineering

In this post, we interviewed Azure Program Manager, John Molesky, from the Cloud Health and Security Engineering team with commonly asked questions regarding data security.  For many customers, moving to the cloud means a change in processes to manage data, including data destruction and spillage. John’s answers help address those concerns. 1. How can customers secure…


Microsoft Azure IaaS Architecture Best Practices for ARM

How to design and build an enterprise infrastructure in Azure using the Azure Resource Manager portal Getting started in Azure is easy to do, and you can have production workloads running in the cloud in very little time. However, there are some essential aspects of the Azure platform that require some forethought and planning. While…

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The CJIS Security Policy – Analyzing the 13 Policy Areas: Part I

Better than a sleeping pill or a riveting read? Recently Alan Ferretti and I were talking about compliance for agencies and lamented on the fact that most people malign  the CJIS Security Policy as a good cure for insomnia. It seems you can’t attend a conference where a speaker doesn’t make a joke about it….


Setting up VNET integration in App Services using Powershell

One of the capabilities in the Web Apps Service is placing your Azure resources in a non-internet routable network that you can control access to. These networks can be connected to your on-premise networks using VPN technologies. For example, with VNET integration you can enable access from your web app to resources running on a…

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Microsoft Signs CJIS Information Agreements with Indiana and Iowa

Microsoft has signed agreements with 28 states – now over 50% of the states are covered representing 70% of U.S. sworn officers. Microsoft contractually committed to the applicable controls of the CJIS Security Policy by signing a CJIS Information Agreements with Indiana and Iowa. This commitment allows CJIS Systems Agencies to background check our employees…


Announcing general availability of Publish to Web in Power BI Pro for Government

We are happy to announce the general availability of Publish to Web in Power BI Pro for Government. With Power BI Publish to Web, customers can now easily embed interactive Power BI visualizations online, such as in blog posts, websites, through emails or social media, on any device. They will also be able to  easily…

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Announcing DSv2-Series and Fs-Series VMs in US Gov Virginia

We are happy to announce the general availability of DSv2-Series and Fs-Series (not to be confused with F-series) virtual machines in US Gov Virginia. DSv2-series and Fs-series VMs can use Premium Storage, which provides high-performance, low-latency storage for Input/Output intensive workloads. These VMs use solid-state drives (SSDs) to host a virtual machine’s disks and also provide a…

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Veterans Affairs issues FedRAMP High ATO for Microsoft Azure Government

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the US government’s largest civilian agency, has issued a FedRAMP High Authority to Operate (ATO) for Microsoft Azure Government. This validates that the Microsoft Azure Government cloud meets all security and compliance standards necessary to handle VA’s most sensitive data, to include PII and PHI workloads. The FedRAMP High…

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Getting Started with Storage in Azure Government

Azure Government uses the same underlying technologies as commercial Azure, enabling you to use the development tools you’re already familiar with. However, Azure Government provides a physical and network-isolated instance of Azure which results in a higher level of compliance and security. As a result of this, we use different physical endpoints for our services…


Building a solution on Azure Government Part III: Power BI

Now that we’ve done our text analysis using HDInsight, let’s add some high-quality visualizations using Power BI for Azure Government. Let’s first log into Power BI for Azure Gov. Here we are presented with our initial options. Let’s connect to a database by clicking the “Get” button in the “Database” tile: In the next screen,…