Category Archives : Government



New Microsoft Azure regions available for Australia and New Zealand

Two new Microsoft Azure regions in Australia are available to customers, making Microsoft the only global provider to deliver cloud services specifically designed to address the requirements of the Australian and New Zealand governments and critical national infrastructure, including banks, utilities, transport and telecommunications.

We build our cloud infrastructure to serve the needs of our customers by delivering innovation globally and listening locally. To support the mission-critical work of crucial organizations in Australia and New Zealand, we’re delivering our global cloud platform through a unique partnership with Canberra Data Centres.

A key to our new Australia Central regions is the ability for customers to deploy their own applications and infrastructure within Canberra Data Centres directly connected via Azure ExpressRoute to Microsoft’s global network. This offers a great deal of flexibility and surety on network performance and security, making these regions ideally suited to the complex challenge of modernising mission-critical applications over time. Australian federal government customers can leverage their Intra Government Communications Network (ICON) for direct connectivity.

With heightened scrutiny of supply chain assurance in government and critical national infrastructure, we are proud to deliver these services in partnership with Australian-owned Canberra Data Centres. They are the premier data centre



How Catania secures public data with Azure SQL Data Warehouse

Digital transformation is a key theme for public sector today. Government organizations big and small, want to leverage cloud technologies to deliver improved citizen services while keeping costs under control. However, security and compliance especially when dealing with a large amount of citizen data is crucial.

The municipality of Catania in Italy, that serves over a million people, wanted to build a streamlined management and storage of public service operations data. They also wanted to safeguard against any potential damage to their physical datacenter and ensure service continuity.

Azure came to the rescue. Working with our partner Softjam, Commune di Catania built a hybrid solution that uses SQL Server and Azure Data Warehouse (Azure SQL DW) to build a flexible data warehouse for all their reporting needs, backed by automatic recovery and site-to-site recovery.

Security is embedded into Azure and we want our customers to own and control their data in the cloud. Microsoft has been leading the industry in establishing clear privacy requirements and then consistently meeting these requirements. Azure meets a broad set of international and industry-specific compliance standards, such as ISO 27001, HIPAA, FedRAMP, SOC 1 and SOC 2, as well as country-specific standards like Australia IRAP,



Azure Government – technology innovation shaping the future

From the state and local level to the largest federal agencies, U.S. Government customers are using Azure to transform how they meet the needs of citizens. We’re seeing strong growth on Microsoft Azure Government, the mission-critical cloud, delivering the latest innovation to over 7,000 U.S. Government customers and their partners. We remain highly focused on meeting the accelerating demand for cloud services that support the most stringent security and compliance requirements of our government customers.

Our customers serve in every federal cabinet agency and across the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps. We have supported over 500 million government authentications and every eight minutes we add a new 1 TB drive. Our growing ecosystem includes more than 500 offerings and 350+ partners in the marketplace, recently reaching 2.5M compute usage hours per month.

We are seeing continued momentum in utilizing the cloud for sensitive workloads with recent ATOs issued for the U.S. Air Force and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The Air Force is rapidly transforming systems with a PaaS-first environment to deliver modern apps and exploit cloud scale and agility to reduce capital expenditures and more effectively focus resources on their mission. The FedRAMP High ATO for ICE



Virtual Network Service Endpoints and Firewalls for Azure Storage now generally available

This blog post was co-authored by Anitha Adusumilli, Principal Program Manager, Azure Networking.

Today we are announcing the general availability of Firewalls and Virtual Networks (VNets) for Azure Storage along with Virtual Network Service Endpoints. Azure Storage Firewalls and Virtual Networks uses Virtual Network Service Endpoints to allow administrators to create network rules that allow traffic only from selected VNets and subnets, creating a secure network boundary for their data. These features are now available in all Azure public cloud regions and Azure Government. As part of moving to general availability it is now backed by the standard SLAs. There is no additional billing for virtual network access through service endpoints. The current pricing model for Azure Storage applies as is today.

Customers often prefer multiple layers of security to help protect their data. This includes network-based access control protections as well as authentication and authorization-based protections. As part of the general availability of Firewalls and Virtual Networks for Storage and VNet Service Endpoints we enable network-based access control. These new network focused features allow the customer to define network access-based security ensuring that only requests coming from approved Azure VNets or specified public IP ranges will be allowed to



Full MeitY accreditation enables Indian public sector to deploy on Azure

Microsoft recently became one of the first global cloud service providers to achieve full accreditation by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) for the Government of India. MeitY lists accredited cloud service providers in the government Cloud Services Directory, which enables public sector organizations to compare and procure those services.

Making government services available to citizens online is a key part of the Digital India programme which aims to “transform India into a digitally empowered society and knowledge economy.” With the MeitY accreditation, referred to by MeitY as empanelment, Microsoft is now positioned to fully partner with India’s public sector organizations as they move to reshape India’s economic landscape.

Through Microsoft Azure, public sector organizations in India can now draw on a wide range of deployment models and service offerings, including Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), Disaster Recovery as a Service, Dev/Test, Virtual Desktop as a Service, and Managed Backup.

The MeitY accreditation was the result of a rigorous audit process conducted by the Standardization Testing and Quality Certification (STQC) Directorate, a government organization that provides quality assurance services. The evaluation framework is based on the work of the Meghraj Cloud Initiative, established



Reference Architecture and automation for Financial Services web applications

Today we are pleased to announce the release of a new Azure Financial Services Regulated Workloads Blueprint.

The Azure Security and Compliance Blueprint Program provides automated solutions and guidance for rapid deployment of Azure services that meet specific regulatory requirements from weeks to a few hours. The new Financial Services Regulated Workloads Blueprint gives you an automated solution that will help guide you in storing and managing sensitive financial information such as payment data in Azure. The Financial Services Blueprint is designed to help customers meet compliance requirements outlined in the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) SOC 1 and SOC 2 standards, the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) version 3.2, as well as the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC), and Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA).

Using the Financial Services Blueprint, you can deploy and securely configure an Azure SQL Database, a web application protected by security services such as Azure App Service Environment (ASE), the Web Application Firewall (WAF), and Azure Security Center (ASC). Automated templates and reference architectures are provided to help you implement the technical controls required to achieve a trusted and more secure end to end compliant deployment.

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