People are still having qualms in regards with the security and privacy of cloud applications, despite the protective measures taken by Microsoft that are considered by experts to be far better in comparison than its former versions. The fault largely lies with users not being exposed to the changes made, which Microsoft rectified soon after complaints rose, in regards to cloud security and private policy.
Microsoft’s Cloud Platforms Are Still a Boon for Enterprises
The renewed push made by Microsoft was largely targeted at changing the view of enterprises and businesses and increasing their trust in the American multinational technology company’s cloud platforms. This was done largely by introducing simpler means to users for accessing information on its new data security and privacy protocols.
Creation of a Single Information Hub Instead Of Many
The company previously operated on several different hubs or Trust Centers that contained information (about the cloud security posture of Microsoft, how off-premise services follow the international, regional legislation, etc.) about each cloud service, i.e. Dynamics CRM Online, Microsoft Azure, Office 365 and Intune. The life of enterprise users have become far easier and simpler with the merging of all this information into one single Trust Center.
In a blog post, the general manager for national cloud programs (at Microsoft) stated the desire of many customers for cloud trust resources accessed through a single point of reference.
Security Still Remains One of the Biggest Concerns
Users of Google, Microsoft and Amazon Web Services document security being the top most concern with regards to cloud based applications, which is why they’ve made concerted efforts to convince enterprises and businesses that their data is safe when on the cloud, if not safer than its on-premise.
Yet, there still remains a smidge of wariness in organizations, given the recent fallout and abolishment of the U.S. Safe Harbor data transfer agreement. This is affecting how people access their data stored in the cloud, despite claims of bigger and better security with sophisticated technologies than what the average enterprise is accustomed to.
Microsoft’s New Security Policy? Building Trust from the Centre
With the establishment of the Trust Center, it is far easier to find the information you’re looking for because of its appropriate categories, namely: Privacy & Control, Security, Transparency and Compliance. Under each heading, Microsoft has added a plethora of resources that can help users understand how the firm works in securing and storing data via the cloud.
Everyone can easily view the work that has been put by the Microsoft Trust Center at the heart of their trusted cloud applications, i.e. data protection and privacy, security of carried operations, full compliance with the local requirements etc.
In short, users will come to rely on the Trust Center in the same way as they do with Microsoft; of course, the data protection policies, adherence of the cloud services to regional and international standards, data transfer and location policies, simple functionality and security features help as well.