Microsoft has just announced in an official blog post that the government-wide program that provides a standardized approach to security (FedRAMP) has confirmed that the Azure Government was one of the cloud service providers selected to participate in the FedRAMP High Pilot to build the High Impact Baseline.
In addition, Microsoft is also noting that they have received a High Impact Provisional Authority to Operate (P-ATO) signature for their Azure Government environment. This is the highest impact level for FedRAMP accreditation. It also shows that Azure Governments has more control in place to securely process high-impact level data (data which if leaked could have negative impacts). Matt Goodrich, the director of FedRAMP's Program Managment Office, put the situation best, and is quoted in Microsoft's post as saying,
“The creation of the FedRAMP High Security Baseline is essential in allowing agencies to migrate more high-impact level data to the cloud. Microsoft Azure Government’s Provisional Authority to Operate (P-ATO) from the FedRAMP JAB is a testament to Microsoft’s ability to meet the government’s rigorous security requirements.”
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