Technology has been an engine of change in our world for many, many years, enabling people to accomplish new goals and achieve new efficiencies. At Microsoft, we are constantly moving forward to keep up with this pace of change – to give our customers the most reliable cloud services possible. Because of this, Microsoft’s cloud is built on four pillars of trust; security, privacy, transparency, and compliance. Here’s how we keep each of these four pillars of trust a priority at every step – from code development through incident response.

Security: We keep your customer data safe
For decades, Microsoft has leveraged its experience building enterprise software and running some of the world’s largest online services to create a robust set of security technologies. Customers can rest assured that Azure’s infrastructure is resilient to attack because it safeguards user access to the Azure environment and helps keep customer data secure through encrypted communications. In today’s complex, competitive and fast-paced market, businesses need to focus on delivering value to their customers, partners, and shareholders. That’s why Microsoft’s focus is on keeping businesses safe – so businesses can focus on what is important to them. Visit our Trust Center for more on the processes that keep your data safe.

Privacy: You own and control your data
For more than two decades, Microsoft has been a leader in creating robust online solutions that protect the privacy of our customers. Our approach to privacy and data protection is built on that fact that we believe organizations should be in control of their data.  When customers use our cloud services, they are trusting us with their most valuable asset – their data. Our promise to customers is that they will always know how their data is being managed, where it is located, and who can access their data (and on what terms). Here are more resources on how Microsoft ensures the privacy of customer data.

Transparency: You know how your data is stored and accessed, and how we help secure it
We understand that for customers to control their own data, they require visibility into that data – which means they need to know where it is stored and how it is stored. We welcome you to openly review our Azure policy and procedures to help you understand exactly how your data is being managed.

Compliance: We conform to global standards
Finally, but not of least importance, there is our strict adherence to compliance needs. We know that organizations must comply with very specific requirements governing the collection and use of data. Because of this, Microsoft offers the most comprehensive compliance coverage than any other cloud service provider. Have specific needs or questions? Here is more information on Microsoft’s cloud compliance standards.

Microsoft’s principles of trust speak for themselves, but I can honestly say that I am proud to speak on behalf of a cloud that allows so many companies to move faster, achieve more, save money, and be the best they can be at what they do. If you have specific questions about cloud service needs for your organization, I would love to hear them. Join the cloud conversation on Twitter using #Azure.