Balancing government innovation with modernization (MGT)

A 2016 Government Accountability Office (GAO) Study found that federal government invests over $80 billion on IT annually—but 75 percent of that money is being spent to maintain old and legacy systems. Even with the Modernizing Government Technology Act of 2017 and the proposed IT Modernization Fund, Federal CIOs need to find the right balance…

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How Government is Using IoT to Provide Better Services to Citizens

A recent report by the International Data Corporation (IDC) estimates that by 2020 the number of devices connected to the internet will exceed 30 billion.[1] This web of connected devices, or Internet of Things (IoT), gives government agencies a new and unique opportunity to leverage innovative technology to provide better services to citizens. While IoT…

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Azure Security Center coming to Azure Government

While cyber threats affect every organization and every individual, governments face unique challenges. Today, we are announcing Azure Security Center, which provides unified security management and advanced threat protection for hybrid cloud workloads, will be coming to Azure Government. From simplified management to new ways to block and detect threats, Security Center continues to innovate…


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: Respond Function

Today, as part of our ongoing support of the Cybersecurity Executive Order, I am pleased to announce the second 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 Respond function requirements using the services offered by Azure….

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Microsoft Azure Enables NIST CSF Compliance: Detect Function

Today, as part of our ongoing support of the Cybersecurity Executive Order, I am pleased to announce the third 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 Detect function requirements using the services offered by Azure….

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What does it take to migrate to Azure Government?

In this episode of the Azure Government video series, Steve Michelotti talks with Scott Gruenemeier about what it takes to migrate to Azure Government. Scott draws upon his vast experience working directly with customers to clearly articulate the most important steps for getting started with your cloud migration. Steve and Scott discuss the types of…


Updated Azure business continuity technical guidance

We are pleased to announce the update to the resiliency technical guidance documentation for Microsoft Azure. This document was previously called the business continuity technical guidance whitepaper that was posted on MSDN. This document has been updated to provide a better understanding of options with our current service offerings as well as how to think…

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New service-level disaster recovery guidance

We are happy to announce the availability of the Microsoft Azure service resiliency guidance page. We created this page because our customers have asked us for clear guidance on what to do when they experienced a service disruption. Since a service disruption can be localized (perhaps an issue on a specific host or even code…

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