A cornerstone to trust in technology – compliance – proves foundational as more U.S. government organizations adopt cloud services

Government agencies want the economic benefits of cloud computing, but this alone isn’t always enough to make the case for change. To move forward, decision makers want to understand the security, privacy and compliance commitments of their cloud service provider. We continue to track and complete a number of attestations and compliance certifications, confirming controls are in place that help enable cloud solutions for government organizations. And, while compliance represents … Read more »

Transparency & Trust in the Cloud Series: Cincinnati, Cleveland, Detroit

I had the opportunity to speak at three additional Transparency & Trust in the Cloud events last week in Cincinnati, Cleveland, and Detroit. These were the latest in the series that Microsoft is hosting, inviting customers to participate in select cities across the US. For me personally, these events provide the opportunity to connect with customers in each city and learn which security and privacy challenges are top of mind for them. In … Read more »

Microsoft achieves globally recognized ISO/IEC 27018 privacy standard

Today Microsoft announced its continued commitment to further protect customers’ privacy by obtaining the globally recognized ISO/IEC 27018 privacy standard for Microsoft Azure, Office 365, and Dynamics CRM Online. This achievement is designed to help assure customers of all sizes, that their most sensitive personal data will receive the strong privacy protections detailed in this standard. We know that our customers rely on us as their cloud service provider, to … Read more »

Trust: what’s it all about?

Today I delivered a keynote about trust in the cloud at the Cybersecurity Expo 2014 event in London. I’ve been thinking about how to tackle a topic like ‘trust’ and how it applies to cloud computing. I don’t know about you, but when someone you don’t know very well says ‘you can trust me,’ I kind of feel the opposite. I believe that actions speak louder than words. With that … Read more »

Trustworthy Cloud Series: Managing Secure Cloud Operations

It is not uncommon to hear organizations of all sizes – small startups to large enterprises cite benefits such as scalability and cost savings as reasons to move to the cloud. The cloud can also free up resources enabling organizations to focus more on their core business. However, when it comes to choosing a cloud provider, how do you decide who to trust with your most sensitive information? For many … Read more »

Microsoft “Trust Centers” provide integral information for Cloud-related decisions

Customers tell us they’d like more information as to how we protect data, certifications that our services have obtained, and how we address security in the cloud. To address these questions, we’ve put together a number of resources on four Cloud Trust Centers.  See more >>

Dynamics CRM Online for Governments Compliant with FedRAMP

Yesterday at Microsoft’s worldwide partner conference, my colleague Curt Kolcun, Vice President, U.S. Public Sector announced additional updates that make Microsoft’s cloud – which spans infrastructure, data, productivity, mobility and more –an increasingly compelling solution for government customers.  Curt announced several things. The first is that Dynamics CRM Online joins Office 365 and Azure in providing additional cloud services for government, in compliance with FedRAMP. Available in early 2015, this will allow … Read more »

The Microsoft Approach to Compliance in the Cloud

Our customers do business in almost every industry and country around the world. Many of them need to meet regulatory compliance and certification requirements.  When they trust a cloud service provider to manage infrastructure, applications, or data for them, that service provider becomes a partner that they trust to help meet and maintain their compliance and certification requirements.  Read more>>

Microsoft’s cloud contracts approved by European privacy authorities

A big milestone was achieved this week.  The Article 29 Working Party, a collection of 28 European Union data protection authorities, announced that Microsoft’s contractual approach to enterprise cloud services is in line with EU data protection law.   See more >>