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HIPAA Business Associate Agreement (BAA) Available for Windows Azure
The Windows Azure team has announced that Windows Azure now enables HIPPA compliance. Microsoft now offers a HIPAA BAA to our EA (Enterprise Agreement/volume licensing) customers and partners in the health industry. The announcement was made on the Windows Azure team blog post Security, Privacy &...
27 Jul 2012
Developer Preview of Windows Azure AD Provides Single Sign-On, Graph API
Your cloud applications can now take advantage of the same identity system that powers Office 365, Dynamics CRM Online and Windows Intune. More than 250,000 companies and organizations use Windows Azure Active Directory today to authenticate billions of times a week. With a new developer preview you...
20 Jul 2012
Windows Azure, Dynamics, Office 365 Cloud Security, Compliance Details Shown in STAR Registry
Microsoft has added Windows Azure platform to the Cloud Security Alliance's Security, Trust and Assurance Registry (STAR) registry. Cloud service providers post information about their security features. The CSA is a member-driven organization, chartered with promoting the use of best practices for...
6 Apr 2012
Windows Azure Security Best Practices – Part 7: Tips, Tools, Coding Best Practices
While writing the series of posts, I kept running into more best practices. So here are a few more items you should consider in securing your Windows Azure application. Here are some tools, coding tips, and best practices: Running on the Operating System Getting the latest security patches...
15 Mar 2012
Windows Azure Security Best Practices – Part 6: How Azure Services Extends Your App Security
Several Windows Azure services help you extend your application security into the cloud. Three services can help you in providing identity mapping between various providers, connections between an on premises data center, and abilities for applications (where ever they reside) to send messages to...
14 Mar 2012
Windows Azure Security Best Practices – Part 5: Claims-Based Identity, Single Sign On
Claims-based identity is a simple but powerful way of handling identity and access for your web sites and web services, whether you work on-premises or you are targeting the cloud. You can create more secure applications by reducing custom implementations and using a single simplified identity model...
13 Mar 2012
Windows Azure Security Best Practices – Part 4: What Else You Need to Do
So which security threats are mitigated by the Windows Azure environment and which security threats must be mitigated by the developer? The paper, Security Best Practices for Developing Windows Azure Applications , describes what you should consider as key threats that your an application running...
12 Mar 2012
Windows Azure Security Best Practices – Part 3: Identifying Your Security Frame
When you are building out your cloud application, security should be front and center in your Windows Azure planning and execution. In part1 one I described the threat landscape and that your application should employ defense in depth. In part 2, I explained that security was a shared responsibility...
9 Mar 2012
Windows Azure Security Best Practices -- Part 2: What Azure Provides Out-of-the-Box
In Windows Azure Security Best Practices -- Part 1: The Challenges, Defense in Depth , I described the threat landscape and introduces the plan for your application to employ defense in depth . In this part, I explain that security with Windows Azure is a shared responsibility, and Windows Azure provides...
8 Mar 2012
Windows Azure Security Best Practices -- Part 1: The Challenges, Defense in Depth
Every conversation I have with developers about moving their application to the cloud revolve around two main issues. One is business. What are the economies of scale around moving your app to the cloud? And close on its heals, come the questions around security. “How secure is the cloud...
7 Mar 2012
Blog Series -- Windows Azure Security Best Practices
In a series of blog posts, I’ll provide a look into how you can secure your application in Windows Azure . This seven-part series describes the threats, how you can respond, what processes you can put into place for the lifecycle of your application, and prescribes a way for you to implement best...
6 Mar 2012
ISV Case Study: Security-Enhanced, Cost-Effective Hybrid Storage with Windows Azure Storage
Enterprises need cost-effective primary storage for a SharePoint, Fileservers, and Virtual machines. And they are turning to a combination on premises storage solutions with Windows Azure storage. StorSimple ’s appliance dramatically reduces storage and maintenance costs while helping organizations...
19 Dec 2011
Windows Azure AppFabric Access Control Services Academy Videos
Access Control provides an easy way to provide identity and access control to web applications and services, while integrating with standards-based identity providers, including enterprise directories such as Active Directory®, and web identities such as Windows Live ID, Google, Yahoo! and Facebook...
14 Jun 2011
Security Talk Series–Cloud Computing
Cloud Computing and Security are very big issues whether one is considering public or private cloud solutions. Here are some great resources for Developers and Decision Makers. MSDN Video: Case Study Interview with Quest Software MSDN Video: Quest Software's Azure Services MSDN Video: Security...
13 Jun 2011
CTP for Single Sign-On Extends Windows Identity Foundation (WIF) v3.5 for SAML 2.0
Windows Identity Foundation (WIF) v3.5 Extension for SAML 2.0 Protocol enables .NET developers to build applications for the enterprise and government that require SAML 2.0 Protocol support and interoperate with identity services on a wide variety of platforms. The community preview was announced...
19 May 2011
Paper Explains How to Provide Remote Authentication in SharePoint Online Using Claims-Based Authentication
Learn how to authenticate against Microsoft SharePoint Online in client applications using the SharePoint client-side object models. The paper reviews SharePoint 2010 authentication methods, provide details for some of the operation of SharePoint 2010 with claims-mode authentication, and describe an...
5 May 2011
Windows Azure Kit Adds WP7 Authentication, Traffic Manager, SQL Azure Reporting
The April Update of the Windows Azure Platform Training Kit includes a comprehensive set of technical content to help you learn how to use Windows Azure, SQL Azure, and the Windows Azure AppFabric. You can download the kit from Windows Azure Platform Training Kit - April Update . April Update ...
27 Apr 2011
Microsoft Security Development Lifecycle (SDL) Updated
The Microsoft Security Development Lifecycle (SDL ) process guidance illustrates the way Microsoft applies the SDL to its products and technologies. A new update has been released on Microsoft Download. In a recent post on their blog, the team wrote, “We believe our SDL tools and processes add...
19 Apr 2011
Microsoft Virtual Academy for IT Professionals–Cloud Computing
Microsoft Corp. has launched a new virtual training portal aimed at IT professionals who want to learn new skills and enhance existing ones for cloud computing environment. The Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA) offers no-cost training for IT professionals with 100 and 200-level content. It takes you right...
18 Apr 2011
ISV Video: StorSimple Integrates On-Premises, Cloud Storage with Windows Azure
ISV StorSimple provides a hybrid storage solution that combines on-premises storage with a scalable, on-demand cloud storage model. StorSimple integrates with several cloud storage providers, including Windows Azure. Dr Iam Howells, CMO for StorSimple, talks with Developer Evangelist Wes Yanaga about...
16 Apr 2011
Windows Azure AppFabric Release of Caching, Single Sign-on for Access Control Service
Scott Guthrie, corporate vice president, .NET Developer Platform, has announced the first release of Windows Azure AppFabric Caching service and a release of a new version of the Access Control Service. The announcement was made at his keynote during MIX11. The Windows Azure AppFabric Caching is a...
12 Apr 2011
Microsoft Shares Security Lessons in SDL Progress Report
Developers should be doing more to secure consumer applications, according to a new report from the Security Development Lifecycle team. The SDL Progress Report shares data and analysis from various groups in our organization. We hope you find valuable information on secure development lessons learned...
31 Mar 2011
White Paper Provides Overview on Windows Azure Security
Windows Azure, as an application hosting platform, must provide confidentiality, integrity, and availability of customer data. It must also provide transparent accountability to allow customers and their agents to track administration of services, by themselves and by Microsoft. A white paper on Windows...
17 Mar 2011
Identity Training Kit and Course Updated for AppFabric, Windows 7 SP1
The latest update for the Identity Training Kit and Course include refactoring instructions to match the look and feel of the newest Windows Azure AppFabric portal and for Windows 7 SP1 . The February 2011 release of the Identity Developer Training Kit contains hands-on labs and resources. The identity...
1 Mar 2011
Attack Surface Analyzer Verifies Your Application for Security Issues
Microsoft has released Attack Surface Analyzer . It is a Software Development Lifecycle verification tool for developers and IT professionals to identify whether newly developed or installed applications inadvertently change the attack surface of a Microsoft operating system. Attack Surface Analyzer...
20 Jan 2011
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