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Data protection and security in a cloud based service?

21 December 2011 | Joel Cherkis, General Manager, Worldwide Government

​When allowing an external service provider to store and manage data connected to a government organization - security, data protection, privacy, data ownership, and sovereignty are of key concern. Microsoft takes these concerns seriously, and has applied its years of cloud and on-premises experience with security and privacy to the Office 365 services. Microsoft can help governments take advantage of the benefits cloud computing offers with the high level of security required, whatever the size of the organization. And with the announcement of signing EU’s model clauses and the US mandated Business Associate Agreements (BAA) for HIPAA covered entities, public sector adoption has gotten even easier.

In order for government officials and policy makers around the world to be able to determine whether cloud services meet their needs, Microsoft strives to be transparent around the operations of the service and provide the necessary information to make such an evaluation. With the launch of the redesigned Office 365 Trust Center, this information is accessible and simple at the highest level with associated in-depth whitepapers and documents for those who wish to do more technical reviews.

On December 14, Microsoft announced Office 365 became the first and only major cloud productivity service to comply with leading EU and US standards for data production and security. Office 365 brings together a range of well-known productivity tools delivered as a cloud service, such as Microsoft Office, Microsoft SharePoint Online, Microsoft Exchange Online, and Microsoft Lync Online. Being able to offer these applications in the cloud, together with enhanced security features, will support public sector organisations and enable their employees to easily work together, on virtually any device or mobile phone of their choice.

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Joel Cherkis
General Manager, Worldwide Government

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Joel Cherkis | General Manager, Worldwide Government

Joel leads a team of business development and technology professionals supporting policy decisions and the delivery of relevant and scalable technology solutions into public sector markets around the world. Read more