Microsoft has added three new Azure cloud certification countries and expanded four others. The company made the announcement on Tuesday in an official post on the Azure blog. In the post, Microsoft points out that it maintains the largest portfolio of cloud certificates. Over this year the company has been expanding that portfolio.
Compliance, privacy, security, and transparency certifications are hugely important for cloud services. Organizations want to know that their cloud held data is just as safe as it would be stored locally.
Microsoft bolstering Azure certifications is one way to tell companies that the service is safe. Certificates are handed out by countries to show that a service meets their standards for data protection.
As a cloud first company, Microsoft invests heavily in the Azure platform. The company says it is not just expanding features and services, but also making sure customers feel secure. In its announcement, the company points to its legal fight over privacy as proof that it is willing to meet customer needs for security and trust.
Microsoft also says that services like the Transparency Hub and Azure Security Center highlight forward-thinking in terms of security. The company has received new certifications from Japan, Spain, and the United Kingdom. The nations handing out expanded certificates were China, Canada, New Zealand, Singapore, and the UK.
“Japan: We achieved Cloud Security Mark Gold Level accreditation and announced our alignment to the My Number Act on protecting personal data in Japan. Cloud Security Mark by Japan Information Security Audit Association (JASA) is the standard required by the government for cloud procurement.
Spain: Microsoft is the first global cloud service provider that achieved the Spain Esquema Nacional de Seguridad certification, which reiterates the effectiveness of our security controls implemented to protect customer data.
United Kingdom: We are also the first public cloud to gain the Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT) certification. This accreditation proves our compliance with established media-industry security best-practices, including Content Delivery and Security Association’s (CDSA), Content Protection and Security (CPS) Standard, and the Motion Picture Association of America’s application and cloud security guidelines.”
“China: Microsoft Azure operated by 21vianet upgraded our Multi-Layer Protection Scheme (MLPS) classification from level 2 to level 3 and also added a new service to our Trusted Cloud Services certification.
Canada: We announced the alignment of our approach to protecting customer data with recommendations from the Canadian privacy commission on related privacy laws. Based on the shared responsibility principle, customers that want to use cloud services should also go through self-assessment to ensure proper planning and adherence to the laws.
New Zealand: Our responses to New Zealand’s Cloud Computing Information Security and Privacy Considerations have been updated for new services in scope for the new question set.
Singapore: Microsoft’s Multi-Tier Cloud Security Singapore Standard:584 (MTCS SS:584-2015) certification has been upgraded to the 2015 version at Tier 3 with expanded scope of services. We also published a whitepaper in the context of Singapore compliance for Azure to help our customers address questions from MTCS and PDPA.
United Kingdom: Our UK G-Cloud has been expanded to cover all services that are in-scope for ISO 27001:2013 and updated to address the latest version of cloud security principles at OFFICIAL level.”