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Does The Australian Government Certify Microsoft Azure Cloud?

Yes. the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) has awarded the protected data centre Certification to Microsoft as the cloud service providers for Azure Cloud, Office 365, S4B and Intune cloud services.  Microsoft becomes the first global cloud provider that has been awarded as the Protected Data Centre status under Information Security Registered Assessors Program (IRAP).  Protected data is data where if its security is compromised, it would have an impact on Australia’s national security and can include a range of Defence and public safety data. The ASD certification applies to all government agencies including federal, state, territories and local government.