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Microsoft Labels Azure Government ‘Most Trusted Cloud for Defense Industrial Base’

Microsoft has announced their support of the new requirements in DFARS 252.204-7012 and believes this makes Azure Government the most trusted Cloud provider for defense industrial base.


has labeled its cloud service the most trusted for industrial base and ITAR critical workload, following compliance with a new set of DoD requirements.

The requirements are part of DFARS 252.204-7012 and protect against loss, misuse, and modification of protected information. They also cover the systems that contain that information (i.e. Azure).

Azure Government Strengths

Microsoft has clearance as a defense contractor, and as such can obtain the necessary certificates to report cyber attacks. Principle Program Manager Indy Crowley also mentions some other benefits:

“Additional strengths include malware detection and reporting, and data and media disposal methodologies that meet DoD standards. As required by the nature of DoD data and Export Controls, all data is maintained and administration performed within U.S. Jurisdictions by personnel meeting DoD standards.”

Further advantages come from Azure's FedRAMP certification. Microsoft first announced the authorization on June 23rd, the same day as 's AWS GovCloud.

FedRAMP covers a huge list of services, including:

  • Azure. These services are covered at the FedRAMP Moderate Impact Level: Application Gateway, Azure Active Directory, Cloud Services, Key Vault, Load Balancer, Multi-Factor , SQL Database, Storage, Traffic Manager, Virtual Machines, Virtual Network, and VPN Gateway.
  • . These services are covered at the FedRAMP High Impact Level: App Service: Web Apps, Application Gateway, Azure Active Directory,* Cloud Services, ExpressRoute, Key Vault, Load Balancer, SQL Database, Storage, Traffic Manager, Virtual Machines, Virtual Network, and VPN Gateway.”

In addition, Azure has DISA Impact Level 4 Provisional Authorization and supports ITAR obligations. This means Microsoft can host Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI), as well as federal civilian and defense information.

Microsoft has a lot of certifications, but whether or not this makes them the most trustworthy Cloud is fairly subjective. Amazon is certainly a big competitor, and also supports FedRAMP, CUI, ITAR and more. The company is yet to announce anything regarding DFARS 252.204-7012, but it's likely just a matter of time.

You can see Amazon's full certifications here, and can also read Microsoft's blog post on the matter for more info.

Ryan Maskell
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Ryan has had a passion for gaming and technology since early childhood. Fusing the skills from his Creative Writing and Publishing degree with profound technical knowledge, he enjoys covering news about Microsoft. As an avid writer, he is also working on his debut novel.

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