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Microsoft Launches Azure Templates for DOD Security Implementation Standards Compliance


Microsoft has released templates to help organizations ensure secure cloud transitions that comply with the Department of Defense’s quarterly-updated security implementation guide.

Nirali Shah, program manager for Microsoft Azure Government, wrote in a blog post published Thursday that the templates are meant to comply with the Defense Information Systems Agency’s Security Technical Implementation Guide that covers configurations for hardware, software and operating systems.

The templates are designed for Azure government and commercial marketplaces in Linux and Windows architectures.

The templates also work to provide one-click and automated functionalities for implementing, monitoring and maintaining nonconfigured and STIG-compliant Windows and Linux virtual machines.

In addition, the templates feature custom user interfaces and Azure Resource Manager templates to enable operations through an Azure-native portal.

Microsoft plans to eventually integrate Azure Policy into the templates to support post-deployment security maintenance.

Templates for secret-level Azure government environments are slated to roll out for Windows and Linux, according to Shah.

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