Azure Maps, Industry trends, Security
New Azure maps make identifying local compliance options easy
By David Burt Senior Compliance Manager, Azure Trust and Compliance
2 min read
Countries around the world are placing more compliance requirements on organizations of all types, and customers want to more easily understand which compliance offerings are available in their locale before they deploy cloud resources. Today we’re releasing a new infographic, along with a 37-page e-book showing compliance details in over 30 key geographies.
Organizations around the world are taking advantage of digital transformation by moving data and services to the cloud. Yet for organizations to feel secure in taking advantage of the cloud, they must first trust in the security and privacy protections offered by cloud providers. Compliance plays a critical role in building that trust.
Azure is a cloud platform that is built for global compliance, being certified by independent auditors for a set of rigorous and widely-recognized compliance standards, including ISO/IEC 27001 and ISO/IEC 27018, FedRAMP, and SOC 1, 2, and 3 Reports. Azure compliance offerings are global, with over 90 compliance offerings, including offerings specific to separate geographies, regions, and industries.
Azure global compliance infographic
The Azure global compliance infographic provides a full-page, single view of all of Azure’s over 90 compliance offerings in a global context. The infographic displays global offerings, which apply to all Azure regions; regional offerings, such as the GDPR, which applies to all EU countries; and local offerings that apply to specific geographies. The compliance map is overlaid with Azure’s global network of over 60 regions, providing customers with a complete view of Azure’s global compliance. Download the infographic and see for yourself the global reach of Azure, leading the industry with the broadest and deepest compliance portfolio in the industry.
Azure enables a world of compliance e-book
The Azure enables a world of compliance e-book features illustrated compliance maps for over 30 geographies, each map displaying all the applicable compliance offerings for every geography. Included in each compliance map are:
- Local offerings that are specific to the geography: In the example map of France below, local offerings are Autorité des Marchés Financiers (AMF) and Autorité de Contrôle Prudentiel et de Résolution, (ACPR), standards for financial services in France, and Hébergeurs de Données de Santé (HDS), a healthcare certification.
- Regional offerings that are applied to a geographic region: The France map includes offerings that apply across the EU, including the GDPR and other EU-wide laws and standards.
- Global offerings: All maps include international offerings like International Standards Organization (ISO) standards or Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) certifications that apply in all Azure public cloud regions.
- Azure Regions: Each map also includes the location of any Azure regions in the geography. It’s important to note that most country-specific compliance offerings do not require that data be retained in local datacenters.
- Links: Each compliance offering listed on the maps is also hyperlinked to a more detailed listing on the Microsoft Trust Center.
Navigating your way to the cloud
Microsoft subsidiaries also provide detailed information about compliance for specific geographies through a set of web pages titled Navigating your way to the cloud. These documents address data residency requirements generally, with special emphasis on the financial services and healthcare sectors in over 40 countries. These resources include:
- Navigating your way to the Cloud in Europe: A Compliance Guide.
- Navigating your way to the Cloud in Asia: A Guide for the Legal & Compliance Professionals.
- Navigating your way to the Cloud Middle East and Africa: Guide for Legal and Compliance Professionals.
To learn more about why Azure is the most trusted cloud, visit Trust your cloud and learn about Azure’s security, privacy, compliance, and resiliency features.