Join us Oct. 18! The Intersection of Cybersecurity & Digital Transformation for Gov

For government, cybersecurity isn’t only a challenge-it can be a roadblock standing in the path of long-awaited digital transformation. Agencies are tasked with balancing the highest security measures with innovation, as today’s employees and citizens alike insist that their data be conveniently available anytime, anywhere. RSVP & join us, Wednesday, October 18, 6 – 8:30…

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Microsoft and the State of Florida moving forward with a CJIS Lead Agency!

City of Miami Police Department has committed to executing the CJIS Personnel Security Requirements for Microsoft Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), the State of Florida’s CJIS Systems Agency, recently completed an audit of Microsoft controls applicable to the CJIS Security Policy (details here). The audit results are available for all law enforcement agencies in…


Microsoft extends commitment to CJIS compliance with Maine and Vermont!

Adding Maine & Vermont makes 32 states background checking Microsoft employees for CJIS When you are thinking about CJIS and digital transformation across your government and Justice and Public Safety priorities, you should seek a partner committed to compliance and security today and in the future. At Microsoft, we continue to expand our commitment to…


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…