Microsoft’s Azure Government earns FedRAMP ATO

Azure Government has a range of products and tools agencies can now use. (Adam Caudill/Flickr)

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Microsoft’s Azure Government suite of products has earned a number of government security certifications, allowing the products to be used across a wide swath of government products and projects.

The company announced Tuesday the cloud-based platform earned a provisional authority to operate from the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program’s joint advisory board, clearing it for use at the federal level. With the P-ATO from FedRAMP, the platform also has been granted access to hold Level 2 data by the Defense Information Systems Agency, clearing the way for the system to host nonsensitive information and applications.

In addition, Azure Government earned HIPAA BAA and IRS 1075 accreditations, meaning protected health information and federal tax information can be securely used and stored on the platform.

Azure Government has a bevy of products and tools agencies can use, including identity management, scalable SQL servers and virtual machines, development sandboxes for multiple programming languages, and the ability to deliver and scale audio and video content.

The FedRAMP ATO for Azure Government is the sixth Microsoft product to be approved by the program. Two other versions of Microsoft cloud have been granted an ATO by the JAB, while Microsoft Office and Dynamics CRM offerings have either been given an ATO through an agency or are close to completing the review process.

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