Microsoft launches Modern Log Management Program to help federal agencies accelerate Cyber EO compliance 

The Biden Administration released guidance in August 2021 requiring federal government customers to rapidly move towards standardized and comprehensive log event management to improve the ability to detect, investigate and remediate cyber threats. Known as M-21-31, the memorandum both sets forth a federal logging maturity model and provides a new standard that is broadly applicable Read more

Advancing cloud capabilities to meet national security missions 

National security mission leaders need the latest tools to deliver on critical mission objectives. At a recent Microsoft Classified Mission Clouds event, I met with customers and partners across the national security community to understand their mission needs and explore how Microsoft capabilities can help them serve their missions and solve their most pressing challenges. Read more

EO Strategies for Securing Critical Software & Classifying Agency Data 

So far in our ongoing series on the Biden Administration’s Cybersecurity Executive Order (EO) to bolster the U.S. Government’s resilience against cyberattacks we’ve taken a look at what’s next for federal agencies and then mapped out major milestones. Two of those milestones are on August 10, 2021, focused on critical software and classifying agency data Read more

Just get started: accelerating a data culture in your organization 

I recently spent an hour with Mike Lampa at Great Data Minds, talking about enabling digital and data transformation in the enterprise. The entire conversation is worth a listen. However, I wanted to highlight a few key enablers to accelerate a data culture. Mike mentioned that he still sees many enterprises struggling to make progress, Read more

The key to digital transformation in banking 

Banking organizations worldwide are rapidly scaling transformation efforts to help their organizations compete more effectively in an increasingly digital world. While the largest organizations have invested heavily in changing business processes, products, and the use of technologies for years, smaller organizations are playing catch-up, rushing to serve the digital needs of consumers unable or less likely Read more

Enabling digital transformation in six key areas of transportation 

Government transportation agencies and transit authorities across the country share a universal commitment to protect and connect people as they drive on roads, highways and bridges or travel aboard buses, subways, streetcars, and light- and commuter-rail systems. Managing transportation systems that people rely on every day comes with great responsibilities, especially as agencies work to Read more

Three strategies to build successful analytics teams and insights 

As organizations are collecting more and more data with their apps and tools, they are immensely interested in gaining insights from this data to improve business outcomes and customer experiences and to bring efficiencies. A Forrester Consulting study commissioned by Microsoft found that 85% of surveyed business leaders see analytics as central to driving business Read more

How fund companies can stay in compliance with SEC Rule 18f-4 

What does it take for fund companies to stay in compliance within a shifting risk management landscape? Risk management has entered uncharted territory. Amid global disruptions caused by COVID-19, it’s essential for financial services institutions to review model strategies. Challenges include managing business continuity, recovering from the impact on their customer base, and reimagining new Read more

Addressing Audit Log Storage for U.S. Federal Government Customers 

At Microsoft, we offer a rich set of robust security and compliance capabilities in Office 365 and Microsoft 365. One of these is the ability to better understand account activity – like documents accessed, and mailboxes accessed – through audit logs to assess if, how, when, and to what extent a security incident has occurred. Read more

Cloud innovation to support government’s mission 

Our work with the United States government is built on a foundation of enduring partnership. We work closely with our federal partners, learning and understanding how they work and their specific needs, then adapting our technology to achieve their mission objectives. As a result, we have intentionally designed, evolved, and grown our government cloud solutions Read more