Compliance on Azure Government

In this episode of the Azure Government video series, Zach Kramer talks with Matt Rathbun (CISO, Azure Government) about compliance in Azure Government. Matt and Zach discuss the various compliance regimes offered by Azure Government including FedRAMP High and Moderate, DISA Level 4 and 5 for DoD workloads, CJIS for federal law enforcement data, and…


Evaluating Risk with the NIST Cybersecurity Framework Risk Assessment Checklist

Microsoft is pleased to announce the availability of our Risk Assessment Checklist for the NIST Cybersecurity Framework (CSF) for Federal Agencies. The Checklist is available on the Service Trust Portal under “Compliance Guides”. Microsoft worked with our Azure Blueprint Partner, First Information Technology Services (FITS), to develop a streamlined guide for evaluating Federal information systems…

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Azure Government, Supporting Critical Missions with the NIST CSF

Updated: 6/8/2017 Updated again: 7/10/2017 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…

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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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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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Join us Feb. 22 in DC: “Achieving Governance in Today’s Cloud Era – Gov Edition”

With the ever-increasing complexity and proliferation of data, protecting our nation’s most valuable information is no easy endeavor. In response to this growing challenge, the Microsoft Azure Government DC user community will discuss strategies for governance that have helped government agencies prepare for today’s cloud era. Be sure to RSVP to join your government and…

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California Law Enforcement Telecommunications System (CLETS) approves Microsoft Government Cloud services for Criminal Justice Information

California Law Enforcement Telecommunications System (CLETS) provides law enforcement and criminal justice agencies access to FBI and state Criminal Justice Information, along with the ability to communicate messages to other agencies within California, other states and Canada.  As the interface to criminal justice information systems, CLETS approval is required for access to critical, life-saving public…


Docker announces federal security and compliance controls for Docker Datacenter built on Azure Blueprint

Security and compliance are top of mind for government IT organizations.  It is important for these enterprises to have the ability to deploy applications on a commercial cloud platform that adheres to strong baseline security controls. U.S. Federal agencies and many non-government organizations are dependent on various standards and security assessments to ensure their systems…


Azure Blueprint is now available for the FedRAMP High Baseline

Azure Government Engineering is pleased to announce the release of Azure Blueprint for the FedRAMP High Baseline. As previously announced, the Azure Blueprint program is designed to facilitate the secure and compliant use of Azure Government, providing a simplified way to understand the scope of customer security responsibilities when architecting solutions in Azure, and streamlining…


Azure Blueprint: architecting secure solutions just got easier!

Azure Government Engineering is pleased to announce the initial release of the Azure Blueprint program! The program is designed to facilitate the secure and compliant use of Azure for government agencies and third-party providers building on behalf of government. Azure Government has been granted a JAB Provisional Authority to Operate (P-ATO) based on Microsoft internal…