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  • Protecting customer email from government eyes

    By Brendon Lynch, Chief Privacy Officer, Microsoft

    At Microsoft, we know that customer trust is essential to our business. People will use technology only if they can trust it, and our commitment to protecting customer data is an important element in building and maintaining that trust. The issue of who owns email is at the center of an important hearing in U.S. federal court in New York this week.  See more>>

  • Dynamics CRM Online for Governments Compliant with FedRAMP

    By Adrienne Hall, General Manager, Trustworthy Computing

    Yesterday at Microsoft's worldwide partner conference, my colleague Curt Kolcun, Vice President, U.S. Public Sector announced additional updates that make Microsoft’s cloud – which spans infrastructure, data, productivity, mobility and more –an increasingly compelling solution for government customers. 

    Curt announced several things. The first is that Dynamics CRM Online joins Office 365 and Azure in providing additional cloud services for government, in compliance with FedRAMP. Available in early 2015, this will allow customers to use their existing Microsoft investments on-premises and in the cloud through hybrid capabilities including integration with Azure and Office 365 government community clouds. Read more >>

  • Security, Transparency and Privacy

    By Brendon Lynch, Chief Privacy Officer, Microsoft

    Last week my colleague, Matt Thomlinson, shared some important updates about Microsoft’s efforts to enhance protections for our customers’ data and to increase transparency regarding our engagements with governments around the world.  Read more >>

  • Protecting Data and Privacy in the Cloud: Part 3

    By Brendon Lynch, Chief Privacy Officer, Microsoft

    In my last blog post, I made the point that consumers and organizations choose a cloud service based on their ability to trust that the cloud service provider will protect their privacy. At Microsoft we work to earn that trust with specific data protection measures in place and with a promise to use data in a manner consistent with customer expectations. Our enterprise customers can rest assured that the data they entrust to us belongs to them.

    As organizations make the complex decision to invest in cloud services, we understand the importance of being transparent about our practices and policies. See more >>

  • Advancing our encryption and transparency efforts

    By Adrienne Hall, General Manager, Trustworthy Computing

    As a company, we have been working hard to further increase data security protections in our services, to  add capacity to our transparency center  engagements with governments, and to push governments to be more transparent themselves. 

    In December, we announced our commitment to increase the security of our customers’ data, and our plans to reinforce legal protections for our customers’ data.  In January, we called for an international convention focused on the issue of government access to data.  Then in March, we shared the additional steps we took to protect your privacy

    We are committed to earning our customers’ trust each and every day, and today, Matt Thomlinson, vice president for Trustworthy Computing Security, shares  the progress we are making on these fronts. I encourage you to check out his Microsoft on the Issues blog post to learn more about this announcement.  See more >>

  • Antifragility – the goal for high-performance IT organizations

    David Bills, Chief Reliability Strategist, Microsoft

    In a recent post, I shared a short list of my favorite books and articles, related to reliability. Each one has influenced my thinking with respect to how to go about creating a high-performing IT organization, despite the fact not all of these publications are IT-centric in terms of subject matter. In this post, I’m going to take a closer look at “Antifragile”, the 2012 book written by Nassim Nicholas Taleb, and describe why I think the concept of antifragility is particularly applicable to cloud computing. See more >>

  • Security, compliance help fuel Los Angeles County’s O365 migration

    By Adrienne Hall, General Manager, Trustworthy Computing

    At Microsoft, we often talk about the investments we’ve made in trustworthy cloud services. But there’s nothing more encouraging than hearing from customers who recognize and benefit from those investments.  See more >>

  • My “Desert Island Half-Dozen” – recommended reading for resilience

    By David Bills, chief reliability strategist, Microsoft

    When I speak with customers, they often ask how they can successfully change the culture of their IT organization when deciding to implement a resilience engineering practice. Over the past decade I’ve collected a number of books and articles which I have found to be helpful in this regard, and I often recommend these resources to customers. I’ve included my favorites below, in no particular order, with a short explanation of why I’m recommending them.  See more>>

  • Protecting Data and Privacy in the Cloud: Part 2

    By Brendon Lynch, Chief Privacy Officer, Microsoft

    Microsoft understands that a customer’s willingness to use a particular cloud computing service depends on their ability to trust that the privacy of their information will be protected, and that their data will only be used in a manner consistent with customer expectations. But even the best designed and implemented services can only protect customer data if they are deployed in a secured environment.  See more >>

  • Update on malware eradication "sandbox"

    By TwC Staff

    A couple months back, we wrote about plans to create a “sandbox” where antimalware industry experts and other security professionals can work together to move beyond disrupting malware to actually eradicating it. It’s a lofty goal, and one that we believe can change the game.  See more >>