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Microsoft Azure - Response to NZ GCIO Cloud Computing Information Security & Privacy Considerations

 Microsoft Azure - Response to NZ GCIO Cloud Computing Information Security & Privacy ConsiderationsIn 2014 the NZ Government Chief Information Officer published a due diligence framework for agencies to use in evaluating cloud computing services

Microsoft Azure Regulation Systems Compliance and Integrity (SCI) Cloud Implementation Guide

This document is meant to provide customers who must address and comply with the SEC’s Regulation Systems Compliance and Integrity (SCI) with an overview of the Microsoft Azure features and services available to them to help enable their success and compliance. The U.S. SEC adopted Regulation SCI and Form SCI in November 2014 to strengthen the technology infrastructure of the U.S. securities markets. The Regulation SCI is designed to reduce the frequency of system incidents, improve resiliency when incidents do occur, and increase the SEC's oversight and enforcement of securities market technology infrastructure. 

Microsoft Azure NERC CIP Standards and Cloud Computing

This paper addresses common security and isolation concerns pertinent to the electric power industry. It also discusses compliance considerations for data and workloads deployed to Azure or Azure Government that are subject to the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) standards.

Move mainframe TP monitors to Azure

Many corporations and public agencies are looking for an easy path from their existing mainframe applications to the cloud. Mainframe online transaction processing (OLTP) systems still work, which is why they remain in use across the Fortune 500. But today’s organizations want the benefits of cloud computing. This guide by Larry Mead and Azure Global Engineering shows how the path to the cloud often starts with a mainframe's transaction processing (TP) monitor. This guide tells you how to use TP monitor emulation software on Azure to run even the most complex CICS applications in the cloud. The emulation environment creates all the interfaces that the application expects to see, so it can run unchanged from within a virtual machine (VM) on Azure. Several vendors offer TP monitoring emulators that meet different requirements. This guide can help you ask the right questions. 

Agency modernizes, reduces costs, after migrating IBM i (AS/400) workload to Azure: Infinite i

Moving to a cloud platform completely changed the cost and use model for the federal agency profiled in this use case. The agency worked with Infinite Corporation, a Microsoft Preferred Partner that provides a toolset specifically designed to make it easy to move AS/400 applications written in RPG, COBOL, and CL to Azure.  Like many organizations, whether private or public sector, the agency looked to cloud computing to improve application scalability and availability while easing its hardware management burden. Also on the wish list was a modern application interface—it was long past time to retire the green screens —and a more standard database for reporting and analysis. This white paper discusses their journey. Using the Infinite i development and production environment on Azure, the agency is now running its legacy workload with a modern SQL Server database and a web-based graphical screens.

Concentration Risk: Perspectives from Microsoft

   As adoption of cloud computing becomes more prevalent in the financial services industry, the topic of concentration risk has consistently been a source of interest and, candidly some confusion, in discussions with regulators and customers concerning outsourcing, including use of cloud services. Due to a lack of clarity on these issues, financial institutions may conclude that a risk averse posture dictates a multi-cloud strategy must be adopted. No regulatory guidance mandates a multi-cloud strategy. Rather, as with all forms of outsourcing, concentration risk is one of many risks that must be assessed, and customers must develop governance and have assurance plans in place to mitigate and manage such risks when using cloud services.    Risk and procurement officers at financial institutions need to respond to regulation and ensure their decisions are optimized against meaningful risk without holding their individual institution back from the opportunity these technologies offer. This paper provides information on steps to assess and mitigate against relevant classifications of risk and, at the same time, implement approaches without the need to adopt a multi-sourcing strategy, which has its own risks and drawbacks.

Achieving National Institute of Standards and Technology Authenticator Assurance Levels with the Microsoft Identity Platform

This whitepaper details methods for Achieving National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Authenticator Assurance Levels (AALs) using the Microsoft Identity Platform. These standards are found in NIST Special Publication 800-63B: Authentication and Lifecycle Management. It is intended for architects and other decision makers who want to determine the appropriate AAL for their organization and provides guidance on how to achieve the chosen level. AALs are one part of the overall NIST Special Publication 800-63: Digital Identity Guidelines. We encourage you to consume the overall NIST guidelines to understand how AALs fit in.

Reimagining Financial Services: How Azure technologies empower intelligent banking

  Twin forces of change—competition and regulation—continue to reshape the financial services industry. The global financial crisis and digitization have helped shift the financial services industry landscape, opening the traditional ecosystem to agile, innovative start-ups and adjacent industries. Disruptive companies use modern applications and analytics to change the rules: banks without branches, insurers without agents, and brokerages without brokers.  To compete, financial services companies are undertaking digital transformation initiatives that help them reshape their businesses while they overcome common hurdles: legacy systems of record, data silos, outmoded analytics systems, risk-averse and change-resistant corporate cultures, increasingly sophisticated cybercriminals, the financial cost of data breaches, and new privacy mandates. Adopting cloud services is a key component of this digital transformation journey, yet many institutions are hesitant to go all in on cloud due to lack of expertise and outdated perceptions about security and governance concerns.The reluctance of financial services institutions to fully embrace cloud services contributes to the continued complexity of business operations and underlying systems. Yet the advantages of cloud services are immense: By tapping cloud innovation, you can use valuable business data to improve the customer experience, streamline operations, transform products and services, and increase organizational value. Both newcomers and traditional companies can create new opportunities.

Shrinking time-to-results for numerical weather prediction at extreme scale with WRF on Azure HBv2 VMs

 Airline traffic coordination, global shipping and logistics systems, national defense, and disaster preparedness to ensure public safety, all share a fundamental need –fast and accurate weather forecasting. By delivering the highest-resolution weather simulation capabilities and doing so with worldrecord speed, Microsoft and AMD are empowering stakeholders with critical insights and decisionmaking tools. 

Using Azure Policy Blueprints and ARM to deploy large IaaS workloads: Guidelines for the Financial Services Industry

This technical guide provides an overview of how to create an Azure cloud environment for deploying and leveraging  large workloads for the financial services industry. This includes key topics such as virtual machines, Azure Blueprints, regulatory standards, and Azure services for securing and managing cloud environments.