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Microsoft Azure New Compliance Standards

By:Christine Fettinger

An IDC study finds that 70% of CIOs will consider a cloud-first strategy in 2016. With Microsoft Azure, these new compliance requirements will provide enterprise-grade reliability on a global scale. According to Microsoft an estimated $25,000 spent on the cloud would cost a staggering $100,000 on-premises.

It’s only fitting that Microsoft crowns Azure with their core compliances. Compliance requirements are an important part of any cloud computing platform. These core standards are used to protect privacy. Clients will no longer have to worry about their data being sold for marketing or advertising.

Microsoft Azure has implemented industry standards such as ISO (International Organization for Standardization) and Service Organization Controls (SOC). Compliance and trust are two main factors to consider when selecting a Platform As A Service (PaaS) cloud solution.

Below you will find the latest Azure compliance requirements as of (1/23/15).

  1. ISO 27001/27002
  2. SOC 1/SSAE 16/ISAE 3402 and SOC 2
  3. Cloud Security Alliance CCM
  4. FedRAMP
  5. FISMA
  6. FBI CJIS (Azure Government)
  7. PCI DSS Level 1
  8. United Kingdom G-Cloud
  9. Australian Government IRAP
  10. Singapore MTCS Standard
  11. HIPAA
  12. EU Model Clauses
  13. Food and Drug Administration 21 CFR Part 11
  14. FERPA
  15. FIPS 140-2
  16. CCCPPF
  17. MLPS


Microsoft case studies show that customers report reduced compliance costs through accelerated accreditations from running Azure. You will also notice that some of these compliance requirements are not only regional, but global. We believe Microsoft is aggressively targeting international enterprise workloads as well.