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Microsoft Azure

Now you can take advantage of the latest security, privacy, and compliance features of Microsoft Azure. In this site, you’ll learn about the trusted cloud, how your data is stored and accessed, and our comprehensive approach to securing your IT environment.

About Microsoft Azure

Microsoft Azure is a cloud computing platform that features a growing collection of integrated cloud services—analytics, computing, database, mobile, networking, storage, and web. Azure includes integrated tools, pre-built templates, and managed services that make it easier to build and manage enterprise, mobile, web, and Internet of Things (IoT) apps faster, using skills you have and technologies you already know.

We understand that some organizations are still wary about cloud computing; keeping data confidential is essential for any organization. That’s why Microsoft has made an industry-leading commitment to the protection and privacy of your data. We were the first cloud provider recognized by the European Union’s data protection authorities for our commitment to rigorous EU privacy laws. Microsoft was also the first major cloud provider to adopt the new international cloud privacy standard, ISO 27018.

Azure safeguards customer data in the cloud and provides support for companies that are bound by extensive regulations regarding the use, transmission, and storage of customer data.

Azure Security Documentation

Data security based on global standards

Now, it’s easier for you to validate compliance for the infrastructure and applications you run in Azure. Our services meet a broad set of international, industry-specific, and country-specific compliance standards. To ensure the safety of your data, we also verify how we achieve compliance through rigorous third-party audits that validate Azure’s adherence to standards-mandated security controls.

View Azure certifications

How your data is protected

Microsoft is governed by strict standards regarding the privacy and protection of customer data. We take strong measures to protect your data from unauthorized persons or improper access. Not only do Microsoft policies prohibit your customer data from being mined for marketing or advertising, we also restrict access by Microsoft personnel and subcontractors, and carefully define requirements for responding to government requests for customer data. One measure of our commitment to data privacy is our adoption of the world’s first code of practice for cloud privacy, ISO 27018. However, your customer data is available to you at any time and for any reason.

Learn more about privacy

We are serious about transparency

Microsoft believes that you have a right to as much information as possible. Azure is built on the principle that you require visibility into your own customer data to effectively use and control it in the cloud.

Learn more about transparency

About Azure Government

Azure Government provides the most trusted cloud for mission-critical government workloads. This environment includes a unique cloud instance, exclusively for government customers and their solution providers, and hardened US data centers that are operated by extensively screened personnel.

Learn more about Azure Government

Azure solutions are trusted across industries

Azure provides a trusted cloud environment built for the rigorous security and privacy demands of organizations that handle sensitive data. Azure solutions are used by multiple industries, including banking, healthcare, manufacturing, and telecommunications. We support industry-specific certifications such as HIPAA and HITRUST for healthcare and SOC and PCI DSS for finance.

See industry-specific case studies for Azure

Sign up for a free Azure account and get just what you need

Your Azure solution is just a click away. Get the information and resources you need to create your free Azure account today. Find out what the cloud can offer your business and discover solutions that worldwide customers in the financial, retail, healthcare, and manufacturing industries already trust.