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Microsoft has announced that Azure has become HITRUST CSF Certified. The company points out that Azure is among the first hyper-scale cloud computing platforms to gain the accreditation. With this certification, Azure has a single framework for health organizations to evaluate environments in the cloud.

The HITRUST certification is the most commonly accepted security certification for the healthcare industry. The accreditation incorporates regulatory requirements that cover specific healthcare needs, such as privacy and security regulations. HITRUST is compiled of requirements from exisiting certifications like HIPAA/HITECH, PCI, ISO 27001, and MARS-E.

“HITRUST has been working with the industry to ensure the appropriate information protection requirements are met when sensitive health information is accessed or stored in a cloud environment. By taking the steps necessary to obtain HITRUST CSF Certified status, Microsoft Azure is distinguished as an organization that people can count on to keep their information safe,” said Ken Vander Wal, Chief Compliance Officer, HITRUST.

Microsoft says it is important that major industries have access to software and features that are free from regulatory obstacles. With new Azure accreditation, healthcare professionals and organizations can manage cloud and IT workloads without privacy and security barriers.

The latest accreditation is the latest as Azure continues to beef up towards regulatory approval. Last June, Microsoft’s cloud service for governments gained the highest accreditation in the US. The Azure Government platform gained a Provisional Authority to Operate (P-ATO) from the authorization board through the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP).

HITRUST certification Azure Services

Identity and Access Management

  • Azure Active Directory
  • Rights Management
  • Multi-Factor Authentication

Compute

  • Virtual Machines
  • Cloud Services
  • Batch

Networking

  • Application Gateway
  • VPN Gateway
  • Express Route
  • Virtual Network
  • Load Balancer
  • Traffic Manager

Web & Mobile

  • Web Apps
  • Mobile Apps
  • Notification Hubs

Analytics

  • HDInsight

Management & Security

  • Azure Key Vault
  • Scheduler
  • Azure Management Portal
  • Azure Classic Portal

Media & CDN

  • Media Services

Data & Storage

  • Redis Cache – including Premium
  • SQL Database
  • Data Warehouse
  • SQL Virtual Machines
  • Storage- Blob, Table, Queue, Files, and Disks – including Premium

Hybrid Integration

  • Service Bus
  • Workflow