Microsoft Launches Cloud For Sovereignty

Microsoft on Tuesday announced the launch of the Microsoft Cloud for Sovereignty, a solution for public-sector customers who need to guarantee that user data is stored and processed to the country’s specifications in a given region. The goal is to provide greater control of data and transparency.

Cloud for Sovereignty is being built on its public cloud to enable governments worldwide to accelerate digital transformation while creating a customized experience that adheres to specific requirements, the company wrote in a blog post.

Microsoft Cloud for Sovereignty customers will continue benefiting from Microsoft’s global security signals, analyzing over 24 trillion signals every day to identify and help protect against local attacks.

Corey Sanders, corporate vice president for Microsoft Cloud, addresses cloud security in a post. He writes that “SaaS solutions like Double Key Encryption  allow users in Microsoft 365 to classify emails and documents as “sensitive,” encrypting the customer data using customer-provided keys to protect data from both security risks and operator access.”

Microsoft’s global security signals analyze more than 24 trillion signals daily to identify and protect against local attacks. The company is working with Leonardo -- an Italian multinational company specializing in aerospace, defense and security headquartered in Rome -- to build a solution that meets the national government’s data-classification standards and supports the country’s goals in digital with public cloud-based solutions, controls, policy governance and hybrid management.

Belgium-based telecom company Proximus also is using Cloud for Sovereignty.

"As we continue to roll out and expand our solution footprint across our datacenter regions, we look forward to working closely with partners throughout the world to help government customers digitally transform, leveraging today’s powerful capabilities of the Microsoft Cloud," Sanders wrote.

Other major cloud providers such as Amazon Web Services and Google offer systems for ensuring compliance with data sovereignty regulations.

Google last year announced its Sovereign Controls for its Workspace product in the European Union, for example. The set of sovereign controls is provided through Assured Workloads, which helps to automate the deployment and enforcement of capabilities on Google Cloud Platform.

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