The release last week of our white paper on Securing Microsoft’s Cloud Infrastructure generated a lot of discussion in the industry, which was our intent. We wrote the paper in part to communicate our practices to customers concerned about security in the cloud environment and to generate a healthy dialogue within the industry in order to share best practices for creating more secure cloud-based services.

Pete Boden, general manager of our Online Services Security team, posted a blog today providing more detail in response to questions we've gotten since we released the paper. Give it a read to learn more about Microsoft's history in online services and security, and how that history led to our Information Security Program that has been independently certified by British Standards Institute (BSI) Management Systems America as being compliant with ISO/IEC 27001:2005.