Microsoft gains Australian Signals Directorate Certification

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Microsoft Corporation has proudly announced that it has gained a certification from Australian Signals Directorate(ASD) to host protected level of datasets related to government organizations in its public cloud- after just 12 months after receiving an IRAP certification.

So, from now on government agencies of Australia can store all their critical data on Azure or integrate office 365 cloud services into their data sets without any cloud security concerns.


Microsoft Azure stands as the first hyperscale public cloud provider to gain cloud certification for offering secure protection to datasets related to government. Hence the company joins the list of Vault systems, sliced tech and Macquarie telecom group along with Dimension Data.

At the end of last year, Microsoft started two new Azure Public Cloud Regions in Canberra, to serve the mission-critical workloads of government and critical infrastructure. The services were in-line with the latest revised cloud strategies of the federal government.

Angus Taylor, the Cybersecurity Minister said that the latest certificate gain by Microsoft will help in accelerating cloud adoption by the federal, state and territory governments.

Amazon Web Services which happens to be a big competitor of Microsoft Corporation on a global note is yet to receive the certification firm ASD. But the company has undergone through the Information Security Registered Assessors Program evaluation which is sufficient to induce trust among government organizations to host data on AWS platform.