office365logo Microsoft signs up to US and EU cloud standards for Office 365

Microsoft has signed up to US and EU cloud standards with its Office 365 software suite, making it one of a small handful of companies that meet data protection and security requirements for cloud computing in both regions.

Microsoft has signed up to US and EU cloud standards with its Office 365 software suite, making it one of a small handful of companies that meet data protection and security requirements for cloud computing in both regions.

 
The company has received compliance with the Data Protection Directive established by the European Commission. It has also previously agreed to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act in the US, addressing concerns by some about moving healthcare data to the cloud.
 
The ISO/IEC 27001 certification means that Microsoft will have to agree to yearly audits of its information security policy by an independent expert and share the results of these with customers.
 
office365logo Microsoft signs up to US and EU cloud standards for Office 365
 
The move will also result in increased safeguards for its online services, both on a physical, administrative and technical level, in order to meet the US requirements.
 
“Developing cloud-based productivity tools that meet the needs of European businesses means more than simply building apps in a browser,” said Jean-Philippe Courtois, president of Microsoft International. “Microsoft has a more complete approach to European data protection and security laws than any other company, and we’re proud of the work we’ve done to ensure the widest range of organizations can move to the cloud with confidence — or choose an equally functional on-premises option.”
 
Microsoft also announced the launch of its new Office 365 Trust Centre, a website which provides detailed information about the privacy and security policies relating to the latest Office software.