Strengthening cybersecurity for the DoD – accelerating compliance

Agencies such as the DoD can improve their threat detection and response times by using cloud-based security capabilities and cloud intelligence through Microsoft Azure Government. By shifting responsibilities to Azure, the DoD can get more security coverage, which enables them to reallocate security resources and budget to other agency priorities. Azure Government was the first…

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Strengthening cybersecurity for the DoD – reducing risk

Defense department senior leaders have directed DoD to adopt cloud computing to support the warfighter, a direction that will help build a stronger foundation of cybersecurity. The partnership with a dedicated, certified cloud provider can be pivotal. But given the breadth of these solutions, where should the DoD turn? In the new defense context of…

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New eBook on strengthening cybersecurity for the DoD

The rapid evolution of technology and the exploitation of data, machine intelligence, and on-demand computing power is changing the requirements of cybersecurity. Fortunately, the tools available to the DoD are changing, too. Despite improvements in defensive capabilities, prevailing research still shows that, on average, it takes agencies more than 200 days to detect a significant…

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Securing IaaS workloads for Department of Defense

  By Jason Henderson, Cloud Solutions Architect Kyle Hoyer, Technical Solutions Professional Derek Strausbaugh, Principal Program Manager, Azure Global A rapidly increasing number of DoD customers deploying IaaS workloads to Azure have been asking for guidance setting up secure virtual networks and configuring the security tools and services stipulated by DoD standards and practice. DISA…


Federal agencies continue to advance capabilities with Azure Government

We’re continuing to see agencies advance their capabilities using Azure Government. Two agencies have recently issued new Authority to Operate (ATO) designations for Azure Government: the U.S. Air Force with a DoD Impact Level 4 ATO for its Common Computing Environment (CCE) and U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) with a FedRAMP High ATO. DoD…


Strengthen cybersecurity with an enterprise risk mindset

Cybersecurity is one of the biggest issues facing federal Chief Information Officers (CIOs). Evolving security is recognized across the board as an important challenge that needs to be addressed swiftly and in a continuous fashion. Security is always top of mind for CIOs, and one of the major challenges of introducing new technology is ensuring…

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Azure Security and Compliance Blueprint – Web Applications for FedRAMP

Today we are pleased to announce the general availability of a new Azure Security and Compliance Blueprint – Web Applications for FedRAMP. This solution deploys and configures Azure resources in a simple reference architecture and implements a subset of controls from the FedRAMP High baseline, based on NIST SP 800-53. Deploying the solution requires less…

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National Cyber Security Awareness Month

In support of National Cyber Security Awareness Month, sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security, we’re kicking off a blog series to share best practices from our experiences with our customers as part of our commitment to enabling U.S. government with a complete, trusted, and secure cloud platform. In today’s guest blog, Ann Johnson, Microsoft…


Microsoft Azure Enables NIST CSF Compliance: Recover Function

Today, as part of our ongoing support of the Cybersecurity Executive Order, I am pleased to announce the final release in a series of documents on enabling compliance with the NIST Cybersecurity Framework (CSF) through Microsoft Azure services. This release specifically outlines how to implement the Recover function requirements using the services offered by Azure….

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