Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online has completed certification to Australian Government security requirements for unclassified sensitive government data through the Independent Registered Assessors Program (IRAP).
This is the third such certification achieved by the vendor following that of Office 365 and Azure. It makes Microsoft the only Cloud provider in Australia certified under the program for Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS).
“Trust is a vital part of any relationship and at Microsoft it’s an essential component in our interaction with our partners and our customers,” Microsoft Australia chief technology officer, James Kavanagh said.
“This [certification] provides an assurance that any government agency can confidently adopt our Cloud services, knowing that the security protections in place reach the high bar set by the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD).
“This certification is for the handling of unclassified but sensitive data, known as Unclassified (DLM) within Australian government. This includes the majority of state and federal government data including private and personally identifiable information.”
“Earning and maintaining this trust does not happen overnight. It requires a long term commitment from providers to deliver security innovation and be accountable for technical and operational excellence. It also necessitates strong contractual commitments along with compliance to the appropriate local regulations and processes that help to safeguard privacy and security. It’s about applying the best global capabilities with an understanding of the distinct local requirements here in Australia,” Kavanagh concluded.