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Editor's Note: This post was written by Sarah Fender, Director of Product Marketing | Windows Azure Business & Operations
We are excited to announce that Windows Azure has been granted Provisional Authorities to Operate (P-ATO) from the FedRAMP Joint Authorization Board (JAB). Windows Azure is the first public cloud platform of its kind to receive a JAB P-ATO, which requires more rigorous review than an agency-specific authorization.
By achieving this level of federal compliance, Microsoft customers can be assured that Windows Azure has undergone the assessments necessary to verify that it meets government security standards. This opens the door for agencies to more quickly realize the benefits of the cloud using Windows Azure.
Just last month, we announced that Windows Azure was the first to complete an assessment against the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) Cloud Controls Matrix (CCM) as part of its SOC 2 audit. Our continued investment in security and compliance benefit government and enterprise customers alike, providing a trusted cloud environment they can rely on to power their operations.
See the press release for additional information or visit the Trust Center to learn more about Windows Azure security and compliance.
FedRAMP is a U.S. government wide program that provides a standardized approach to security assessment, authorization and continuous monitoring for cloud products and services. The JAB is the primary governance group of the FedRAMP program consisting of the chief information officers of the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security, and the U.S. General Services Administration.