ArcGIS Maps for Power BI Gov by Esri now available

We are happy to announce that Power BI Gov users can now use ArcGIS Maps for Power BI Gov (preview) created by Esri! This brings several new capabilities to Power BI Gov users. Geographic information systems (GIS) helps users gain a better understanding of the world by using spatial analysis on a map’s data layers….

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Azure Government, Supporting Critical Missions with the NIST CSF

Updated 6/8/2017 In light of Presidential Executive Order on Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure, the NIST Cybersecurity Framework (CSF) is once again top of mind for our community. At Microsoft, we maintain a dedicated CSF program, integrated into the overall risk management function of our enterprise. We understand the challenges posed…

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Azure Blueprint illustrates the clear path to meet the Cybersecurity Executive Order

With the release of the Presidential Executive Order on Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure, agencies have new requirements to meet and document compliance with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Cybersecurity Framework (CSF). Agencies have a limited window to document their current risk posture and plans to fully comply…

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Join us May 31! Azure Gov DC Meetup: Managing the Changing Hybrid Cloud Environment in Gov

Hybrid cloud is critical to government IT transformation, which means storing data on-premises and in the cloud. Keeping up with ever-changing IT environments presents myriad challenges for organizations. Please register now and join us for the Azure Government DC Meetup, Managing the Changing Hybrid Cloud Environment in Gov, on Wed., May 31, from 6 –…

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How to prepare for one – The CJIS Security Audit

In Microsoft’s continuous effort to provide resources and guidance to agencies to help them meet their CJIS regulatory requirements, Microsoft collaborated with Alan Ferretti, CJIS Security Analyst and Subject Matter Expert of the CJIS ACE Division at Diverse Computing and former CJIS Information Security Officer (ISO), to ponder the following question: “What is a CJIS…


Announcing Cosmos DB and Blob (Hot/Cool) Storage

As we look to continue to expand and evolve the platform, we are excited to announce two new generally available services in Azure Government: Azure Cosmos DB and Blob Storage (Hot/Cool).  Yesterday Microsoft announced Azure Cosmos DB and today we are bringing it to you in Azure Government.  The update will be rolled out to…


Expanding Cognitive Services Pilot for Azure Government

Update (05/16/17): Emotion was originally called out a separate API but all functionality is included as part of the Face API.  The standalone Emotion API is not part of our deployment in Azure Government. In March, we announced the initial preview of Cognitive Services in Azure Government. Today we are expanding the initial preview to…


Microsoft Azure Government Expands Support for Defense Industrial Base and Defense Contractors – Announcing Support for DFARS Requirements

Microsoft is furthering its commitment to U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) contractors and the Defense Industrial Base (DIB) by announcing support for Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) requirements for Azure Government Services. This allows DoD’s mission partners to host Covered Defense Information (CDI) in Microsoft’s secure, compliant cloud dedicated to US government workloads. DFARS…

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Register and join us May 12: Defense Contracting: Delivering on the Demands of Secure Cloud for DOD

Register to join Washington Technology and Microsoft on Friday, May 12, from 7:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m., for a free morning event, at the Ritz Carlton, Tysons Corner. Defense contractors, systems integrators and members of the Defense Industrial Base will gather to hear insights into technologies and strategies that can help deliver secure commercial cloud…