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ASD certifies Microsoft to deliver most complete & trusted cloud

By Microsoft Australia on June 27, 2017

Filed under Microsoft in Government

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Today Microsoft announced that the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) has formally certified a greatly expanded range of Microsoft Azure and Microsoft Office 365 services for inclusion on the ASD Certified Cloud Services List (CCSL).

This certification is a major milestone in the company’s mission to empower every person and organisation on the planet to achieve more, and further demonstration of Microsoft’s commitment to delivering the most complete, intelligent and trusted cloud for Australian federal, state and local government needs.

This includes:

  • The breadth of services certified within Microsoft Azure that can process and store Unclassified information holding Australian government sensitivity markers has expanded from 6 to 40 services covering all of the core services appropriate for infrastructure and applications in the hyperscale cloud. Azure Log Analytics, ExpressRoute and Azure Security Centre that can help organisations secure and manage across a hybrid cloud. But for the first time, this new certification enables Australian government, education and healthcare organisations to drive their digital transformation with innovative services like Azure Machine Learning, Azure Internet-of-Things Hub and Azure Application Services.
  • Office 365 remains the only productivity platform certified to this level by Australian government. Ten services within Office 365, including those for voice communications, cloud PBX, email, information protection and collaboration also receive certification at the Unclassified DLM level. The scope of certification for Office 365 includes advanced cybersecurity services for threat and information protection, well suited to the task of helping Australian organisations tackle increasingly sophisticated cybersecurity threats.

Angus Taylor, Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation welcomed the news, commenting that: “The Australian government has embarked on a sweeping program of change, bringing digital innovation to the transformation of the Australian public sector. Cloud platforms like Microsoft Azure and Office 365, delivered from Australia and assured to Australian security standards are essential to that transformation. So is the local software ecosystem that can build their skills and innovate rapidly to first serve our local needs, then expand into global markets.”

These new certifications greatly expand the range of services government, healthcare and education organisations can confidently use to enable their own digital transformation. The additional security features and controls within these certified cloud services, coupled with technologies like Microsoft Azure Stack that can be deployed in private clouds, ensures Microsoft remains the only provider of cloud services that can address the full range of data security requirements from Australian government all the way from unclassified data through to Protected, Secret and Top Secret data.

Microsoft National Technology Officer, James Kavanagh, says: “We are building the most open platform for innovation, a platform that is trusted and assured to Australian needs. It’s also a platform that every software developer, every user, every organisation in business or government can use to do more. Trust is a vital foundation for innovation, so our job is to ensure Microsoft cloud continues to be the most trusted platform on which innovation can thrive.”

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