With evidence of a more forward thinking approach being adopted by central and local government towards Office 365 and the cloud (see Government Pushes O365 and the Cloud for Public Sector Organisations), Microsoft have released a new White Paper addressing common security and isolation concerns pertinent to worldwide public sector organisations. 

The paper also explores the technologies available in Azure to help safeguard unclassified, confidential and sensitive workloads in the public multi-tenant cloud in combination with Azure Stack and Azure Data Box Edge deployed on-premises and at the edge for fully disconnected scenarios involving highly sensitive data.

The key issues addressed in Azure for Secure Worldwide Public Sector Cloud Adoption include the following:

  • Data residency and data sovereignty
  • Government access to customer data, including CLOUD Act related questions
  • Data encryption, including customer control of encryption keys
  • Access to customer data by Microsoft personnel
  • Threat detection and prevention
  • Private and hybrid cloud options
  • Cloud compliance and certifications
  • Conceptual architecture for classified workloads

The free to download guidelines can be accessed here – Azure for Secure Worldwide Public Sector Cloud Adoption.

For an overview of how Microsoft helps customers meet their own compliance obligations across regulated industries and markets please see here – Microsoft Azure compliance offerings.

If you would appreciate an informal chat about your own organisation’s cloud requirements, please feel free to contact Bridgeall’s highly experienced cloud team.

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