Microsoft Azure Government is a government cloud that offers hyperscale compute, storage, networking, and identity management services, with world-class security. A physical and network-isolated instance of Microsoft Azure, operated by screened U.S. persons, Azure Government enables new forms of cross-agency collaboration and rich cloud service integration.
Azure Government is the first public cloud platform, with infrastructure services, to receive a FedRAMP, Joint Authorization Board (JAB) Provisional Authority to Operate (P-ATO). The FedRAMP JAB is made up of representatives from the Department of Defense, the department of Homeland Security and the U.S General Services Administration (GSA).
Obtaining a P-ATO from the JAB ensures that when government agencies have a need for an Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) or Platform as a Service (PaaS), they know that Microsoft Azure has successfully met the necessary security assessments. This not only opens the door for faster cloud adoption, but helps agencies move to the cloud in a more streamlined, cost-effective way.
Microsoft’s Azure Government leads the industry in compliance requirements including:
- IRS 1075
Maintain consistent identity management
Azure Active Directory combines directory services, identity governance, security, and application access across servers and the cloud. Single sign-on simplifies user access to thousands of cloud apps from Windows, Mac, and iOS devices. With Azure Multi-Factor Authentication, you can help prevent unauthorized access to on-premises and cloud apps by requiring an additional level of authentication.
Provide secure storage and database backup
Azure Government provides public storage with world-class security that you can manage with on-premises capacity using a single console. Cloud-based and location-independent disaster recovery (DR) enables you to recover your data from virtually any location with an Internet connection and test DR plans without impacting production systems and apps. By significantly reducing your storage infrastructure, you may be able to lower storage costs by up to 80 percent while simplifying data protection and rapidly accelerating data recovery times. Microsoft datacenters were also evaluated as part of the JAB review process, making them better aligned to meet these security controls as well.