Azure Government

Updates for building solutions across Microsoft's Clouds for Government

A year in review for Azure Government

Looking back over the past year and seeing the progress we’ve made gives us a real sense of momentum as we continue to double-down on our investments in Azure Government in 2018. As the engineering lead for Azure Government, my team looks at everything from where we build datacenters, to what hardware and networking we put in those ...

Register now: Cyber Agility with the Cloud webinar

Cloud enables an ever-accelerating pace of innovation and change. At the same time, cloud architecture challenges fundamental assumptions of on-premises cybersecurity practices; existing security and compliance frameworks simply can't keep up. The next evolution of cybersecurity is a transition away from "best practice" models of security to a...

Federal agencies continue to advance capabilities with Azure Government

We’re continuing to see agencies advance their capabilities using Azure Government. Two agencies have recently issued new Authority to Operate (ATO) designations for Azure Government: the U.S. Air Force with a DoD Impact Level 4 ATO for its Common Computing Environment (CCE) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) with a FedRAMP ...

Optimize Uptime While Staying Secure

With the recent announcement of the industry-wide, hardware-based CPU vulnerability, organizations must ensure they have appropriately updated their infrastructure to secure their environment. Microsoft Azure Government customer environments were patched prior to the public announcement. Additionally, Microsoft publicly announced the patching ...

Conquering the Upfront Cost Barrier to IoT

(image) 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...

Unlock data insights to drive agency mission

(image) 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 ...

Benefits of Blockchain for Government Agencies

Kevin Leffew is a Solution Specialist for Microsoft for US SLG with a specialization in Blockchain and the Modern Workplace.  You can find him writing about all things related to blockchain, distributed systems, and digital identity on his blog (https://medium.com/@kleffew) and on Twitter @kleffew94 (image) In today's rapidly modernizing...

Azure Security and Compliance Blueprint – Web Applications for FedRAMP

Today we are pleased to announce the general availability of a new Azure Security and Compliance Blueprint - Web Applications for FedRAMP. This solution deploys and configures Azure resources in a simple reference architecture and implements a subset of controls from the FedRAMP High baseline, based on NIST SP 800-53. Deploying the solution ...

Utilizing the cloud for greater security everywhere

(image) 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 that in ...