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Fact: Not all clouds are created equal

For Federal, State, and local government agencies, cloud security and compliance is a priority and non-negotiable. When selecting a cloud provider, review the facts to better understand what is being delivered in areas such as trust, security, compliance, and resiliency.

Fact: Not all clouds are created equal

For Federal, State, and local government agencies, cloud security and compliance is a priority and non-negotiable. When selecting a cloud provider, review the facts to better understand what is being delivered in areas such as trust, security, compliance, and resiliency.

The trusted cloud for government workloads

With nearly 6 million Microsoft Government Cloud users across more than 7,000 federal, state and local government entities, Microsoft is committed to supporting the needs of government agencies and to building the most trusted, comprehensive cloud for government.

When reviewing your cloud options, consider the facts and what cloud service providers are actually delivering.

Compliance: non-negotiable

Does your provider help you meet your compliance needs, and do they have a flexible framework that will enable innovation? Cloud service providers should prove they not only understand complex compliance standards—but can help you meet them.

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CJIS: Make sure your provider would pass an FBI audit

The FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) standards apply to necessary procedures, security updates, and even employee background checks.

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IRS 1075 guidance and ITAR obligations

IRS tax security guidelines and International Traffic in Arms (ITAR) regulations have special data storage, confidentiality, and other substantive requirements that rely on specific security features not every cloud service provider can deliver.

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Natural disasters and terrorism: is your data in hardened data centers?

Find out where your provider stands with regards to areas such as geo-redundancy, capacity, and continuity. Will your data reside on U.S. soil be managed by screened U.S. personnel?

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Will your data reside exclusively with other screened workloads?

Storing sensitive data? Ensure that your provider has a formal tenant eligibility screening process to accept workloads.

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Don’t overlook document retention and e-discovery

Meeting and enabling legal compliance means providers should be able to manage and store data in a way that provides retention policies and facilitates discovery, legal holds, archiving, and messaging rules.

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Find a cloud provider with a record for addressing security

Cybersecurity threats continue to evolve, so it’s imperative to find a cloud provider who understands the threat landscape and has proven experience responding to and protecting against them.

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Does your provider offer hybrid flexibility?

Often, integrating on-premises solutions with the cloud is necessary—so a cloud service provider with a hybrid offering is key to minimizing cost and simplifying administration.

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Migration must-have: open source integration

Open source support is key to the success of an agency’s cloud strategy, and agencies need the ability to both host and integrate with open source solutions.

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Inside the trusted cloud

According to a recent survey by Penn Schoen Berland, Microsoft was rated the “most trusted cloud service provider.” Microsoft has a strong dedication to and investment in delivering trusted, complete, secure, and compliant cloud services for government agencies, with nearly 6 million Microsoft Government Cloud users across more than 7,000 federal, state and local organizations. Our customers are proof of that trust.

Learn more about Microsoft cloud offerings for government, or request a trial and discover how deep our commitment to secure, compliant cloud offerings really goes.

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