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Microsoft invests heavily in the development of robust and innovative compliance processes. The Microsoft compliance framework for online services maps controls to multiple regulatory standards. This enables Microsoft to design and build services using a common set of controls, streamlining compliance across a range of regulations today and as they evolve in the future.

 Microsoft compliance processes also make it easier for customers to achieve compliance across multiple services and meet their changing needs efficiently. Together, security-enhanced technology and effective compliance processes enable Microsoft to maintain and expand a rich set of third-party certifications. These help customers demonstrate compliance readiness to their customers, auditors, and regulators. As part of its commitment to transparency, Microsoft shares third-party verification results with its customers.

Certifications and attestations. Azure meets a broad set of international as well as regional and industry-specific compliance standards, such as ISO 27001, FedRAMP, SOC 1 and SOC 2. Azure’s adherence to the strict security controls contained in these standards is verified by rigorous third-party audits that demonstrate Azure services work with and meet world-class industry standards, certifications, attestations, and authorizations.

 Comprehensive, independently verified compliance. Azure is designed with a compliance strategy that helps customers address business objectives and industry standards and regulations. The security compliance framework includes test and audit phases, security analytics, risk management best practices, and security benchmark analysis to achieve certificates and attestations. Microsoft Azure offers the following certifications for all in-scope services.

CDSA. The Content Delivery and Security Association (CDSA) provides a Content Protection and Security (CPS) standard for compliance with anti-piracy procedures governing digital media. Azure passed the CDSA audit, enabling secure workflows for content development and distribution.

CJIS. Any US state or local agency that wants to access the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) database is required to adhere to the CJIS Security Policy. Azure is the only major cloud provider that contractually commits to conformance with the CJIS Security Policy, which commits Microsoft to adhere to the same requirements that law enforcement and public safety entities must meet.

CSA CCM. The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) is a nonprofit, member-driven organization with a mission to promote the use of best practices for providing security assurance within the cloud. The CSA Cloud Controls Matrix (CCM) provides detailed information about how Azure fulfills the security, privacy, compliance, and risk management requirements defined in the CCM version 1.2, and is published in the CSA’s Security Trust and Assurance Registry (STAR).

EU Model Clauses. Microsoft offers customers EU Standard Contractual Clauses that provide contractual guarantees around transfers of personal data outside of the EU. Microsoft is the first company to receive joint approval from the EU’s Article 29 Working Party that the contractual privacy protections Azure delivers to its enterprise cloud customers meet current EU standards for international transfers of data. This ensures that Azure customers can use Microsoft services to move data freely through our cloud from Europe to the rest of the world. 

FDA 21 CFR Part 11. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Title 21 Part 11 lists requirements for the security of electronic records of companies that sell food and drugs manufactured or consumed in the United States. The compliance reports produced by Azure’s independent third party SSAE and ISO auditors identify the procedural and technical controls established at Microsoft and can be used to satisfy the requirements of CFR Title 21 Part 11. Microsoft is able to show how relevant controls within these reports have an impact on compliance with the FDA 21 CFR 11 regulations.

FedRAMP. Azure has been granted a Provisional Authority to Operate (P-ATO) from the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) Joint Authorization Board (JAB) at a Moderate impact level based upon the FIPS 199 classification. FedRAMP is a US government program that provides a standard approach to security assessment, authorization, and monitoring for cloud services used by federal agencies and thereby saves the taxpayer and individual organizations the time and cost of conducting their own independent reviews. 

FERPA. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a US federal law that protects the privacy of student educational records. Microsoft agrees to use and disclosure restrictions imposed by FERPA.

FIPS 140-2. Azure complies with the Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) Publication 140-2, a US government standard that defines a minimum set of security requirements for products and systems that implement cryptography.  

HIPAA. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) is a US federal law that regulates patient Protected Health Information (PHI). Azure offers customers a HIPAA Business Associate Agreement (BAA), stipulating adherence to certain security and privacy provisions in HIPAA and the HITECH Act. To assist customers in their individual compliance efforts, Microsoft offers a BAA to Azure customers as a contract addendum. 

IRAP. Azure has been assessed against the Australian Government Information Security Registered Assessors Program (IRAP), which provides assurance for public sector customers that Microsoft has appropriate and effective security controls.

ISO/IEC 27018. Microsoft is the first cloud provider to have adopted the ISO/IEC 27018 code of practice, covering the processing of personal information by cloud service providers.

ISO/IEC 27001/27002:2013. Azure complies with this standard, which defines the security controls required of an information security management system.

MLPS. Multi-Level Protection Scheme (MLPS) is based on the Chinese state standard issued by the Ministry of Public Security. Azure operated by 21Vianet adheres to this standard, which provides assurance for both the management and technical security of cloud systems.

MTCS. Azure has achieved Level-1 certification with the Multi-Tier Cloud SecurityStandard for Singapore (MTCS SS), a cloud security standard covering areas suchas data security, confidentiality, business impact, and operational transparency,developed under the Singapore Information Technology Standards Committee.

PCI DSS. Azure is Level 1 compliant with Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standards (DSS) version 3.0, the global certification standard for organizations that accept most payments cards, as well store, process, or transmit cardholder data.

SOC 1 and SOC 2. Azure has been audited against the Service Organization Control (SOC) reporting framework for both SOC 1 Type 2 and SOC 2 Type 2. Both reports are available to customers to meet a wide range of US and international auditing requirements. The SOC 1 Type 2 audit report attests to the design and operating effectiveness of Azure controls. The SOC 2 Type 2 audit included a further examination of Azure controls related to security, availability, and confidentiality. Azure is audited annually to ensure that security controls are maintained. 

TCS CCCPPF. Azure operated by 21Vianet is among the first cloud providers in China to pass the Trusted Cloud Service certification developed by the China Cloud Computing Promotion and Policy Forum (CCCPPF).

UK G-Cloud. The UK Government G-Cloud is a cloud computing certification for services used by government entities in the United Kingdom. Azure has received OFFICIAL accreditation from the UK Government Pan Government Accreditor.