Conquering the Upfront Cost Barrier to IoT

According to a recent report from the International Data Center (IDC), How government organizations look at IoT, the top three roadblocks to IoT deployment are upfront costs, security, and privacy.[1]  Over 30 billion devices are estimated to be connected to the internet by 2020.[2] The Internet of Things (IoT) can offer government agencies new and…

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Unlock data insights to drive agency mission

Now more than ever, federal CIOs can leverage business intelligence (BI) and advanced analytics to simplify data management, unlock valuable insights, and use these insights to improve operations across their agencies. Advanced analytics allows CIOs to connect available data to their agency’s larger mission. Sophisticated tools and techniques enable CIOs to simultaneously extend the capabilities…

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Utilizing the cloud for greater security everywhere

In my day-to-day work, I help government agencies implement initiatives to protect, detect and respond to breaches. You’ve likely heard statistics – on average globally, it takes 191 days to identify a data breach and that the median number of days an attacker stays dormant within a network before detection is over 200. To put…

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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…


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 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…


Microsoft’s Commitment to Strengthening Cybersecurity

Microsoft is first and foremost a cybersecurity company. Governments, restricted industries, and millions of individuals depend on the security of our products every day. And with our cloud services, we have taken our commitment to security and compliance to the next level. For insight into how Microsoft handles security company-wide and how we are working…

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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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