FERC Issues FedRAMP High ATO for Azure Government to Allow Critical Identity Management in the Cloud


The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has issued a FedRAMP High ATO for Azure Government. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, or FERC, is an independent agency that regulates the interstate transmission of electricity, natural gas, and oil. FERC also reviews proposals to build liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals and interstate natural gas pipelines as well as licensing hydropower projects.

U.S. Government agencies, such as FERC, can leverage Azure Government to enable Hybrid Cloud deployments and federated identity management. Azure Active Directory (AAD) empowers single sign-on to any cloud and on-premises web app, employee self-service, federation with on-premises directory architectures, hyperscale availability, and industry standard protocols such as SAML 2.0, WS-Federation, and OpenID Connect. When using federated architecture, AAD allows Government Agencies to meet HSPD-12 PIV requirements, and coming soon, cloud based multi-factor authentication; available today in Azure Commercial.

In traditional IT architectures, the network is the primary plane of security, isolating and controlling access to systems, services, and data. In a cloud first world, identity has supplanted the network as the primary plane of security. Identity in the cloud enables us to control not only access to information, but also behavior of that information. The Azure Government FedRAMP High P-ATO allows FERC and other agencies to leverage the Cloud for critical workloads such as identity.

The Microsoft Operations Management Suite (OMS) further extends Microsoft’s commitment to the Hybrid Cloud. OMS enable deep analysis of system logs, automation of activities shared between on-premises and cloud workloads, simple data backup, and automatic site recovery. OMS allows customers to manage resources confidently, and securely, not matter where they reside; in Azure, on-premises, in a private cloud, or on other hyperscale cloud platforms.

“We are glad to see FERC leveraging Microsoft Azure Government for cloud capabilities related to such a critical industry as energy. The validation of the security and protections in place within Microsoft Azure Government demonstrates both Microsoft’s ability to deliver a secure solution, as well as FERC processes for reviewing this security and making a risk-based decision regarding cloud adoption.” said Susie Adams, CTO, Federal, Microsoft. 

In addition to an Agency FedRAMP High ATO from FERC, Microsoft Azure Government has also received a FedRAMP High P-ATO from the Joint Authorization Board (JAB). Microsoft Azure Government leads the industry with 32 FedRAMP High approved services spanning both infrastructure-as-a-service and platform-as-a-service offerings. A complete list of the Azure services covered under the Azure Government FedRAMP High ATO can be found by visiting the Microsoft Trust Center.

Microsoft is committed to providing the most trusted, comprehensive cloud for mission-critical workloads so that our nearly 6 million government users across 7,000-plus federal, state and local organizations can achieve more in carrying out their mission-critical workloads. Please visit:

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