Cloud Fundamentals Video Series: Windows Azure & the CSA STAR

Earlier in this series I wrote about transparency and how the Cloud Security Alliance’s (CSA) Security Trust and Assurance Registry (STAR) provides cloud customers with some insight into how cloud providers are managing the security controls of their cloud offerings.

Office 365 was one of the first services to publish a self-assessment in the CSA’s STAR; this past week Microsoft published a second self-assessment in the STAR, this time for Windows Azure.  This means that customers or potential customers who are evaluating security practices for Office 365 or Windows Azure can use these self-assessments to understand whether these services fulfill the security, compliance and risk management requirements that their organizations have. This information will help cloud customers save time, effort, and money in their efforts to understand how the security of these services is being managed.  You can download these assessments directly from Microsoft or from the CSA’s website.

In this segment of Trustworthy Computing’s Cloud Fundamentals Video Series I’m joined by Kellie Ann Chainier, a Cloud Business Manager from Microsoft’s Worldwide Public Sector team.  Kellie Ann discusses the new STAR assessment for Windows Azure.

If you haven’t seen the other videos in this series, you can check them out using one of these links:

Cloud Fundamentals Video Series

Please check back on this blog regularly as we continue the Cloud Fundamentals Video Series and explore topics that are important for IT professionals and business decision makers who are interested in cloud security, privacy, and reliability.

About the Author
Tim Rains

Chief Security Advisor, Microsoft Worldwide Cybersecurity & Data Protection

Tim Rains is Chief Security Advisor of Microsoft’s Worldwide Cybersecurity & Data Protection group where he helps Microsoft’s enterprise customers with cybersecurity strategy and planning. Formerly, Tim was Director Cybersecurity & Cloud Strategy in Trustworthy Computing at Microsoft, where he Read more »