The Australian Government has certified Microsoft’s cloud services for use by Government agencies to host Protected data.
Minister for Law Enforcement and Cyber Security Angus Taylor said awarding Protected Certification to Microsoft will accelerate the adoption of cloud technology by Commonwealth, State and Territory Governments.
Cloud storage and sharing services are extremely useful, convenient and popular with users from individuals up to large businesses and governments. However, cloud computing providers offer varying levels of security.
To respond to potential cloud-related threats, the Government released a Secure Cloud Strategy in February 2018 and is reforming it's cloud certification capability, including appointing a new senior responsible officer within the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC).