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Today's post was written by Rajesh Jha, Corporate Vice President, Office 365
As the engineering lead for Office 365, I'm proud that we build and operate our service to lead the industry in security, privacy and compliance. This commitment is more than just words-it takes significant, sustained engineering investment to help ensure our customers can meet increasingly complex, global compliance requirements while using our services.
Office 365 complies with several key U.S., European and international data protection standards and regulations including ISO27001, FISMA, FERPA and European Union Model Clauses. We also sign Business Associate Agreements which are required by our healthcare customers to be HIPAA/HITECH compliant. We offer these standards to all of our customers, not just a select few. We'll continue to make investments in this area over time by focusing on the compliance and regulatory requirements that matter most to our customers. This focus includes my team continuously reviewing and refining Office 365 against the ever-changing compliance landscape.
Take Model Clauses, for example. We've done an enormous amount of work in the development of Office 365 to ensure that we have a robust set of privacy and security controls and processes in place. Based on this work, we started to contractually commit to Model Clauses in agreements with customers over a year ago. We didn't stop there. We took the additional and important step of vetting our approach to Model Clauses with European Data Protection Authorities, and have made adjustments to our systems and contract language in light of their feedback over the past year.
These investments make sense because our customers need us to help them meet their compliance and regulatory obligations, and we want to give them peace of mind. Now that the privacy authorities from all 27 European Union member states (also known as the Article 29 Working Party) have reinforced the importance of Model Clauses and acknowledged our approach, we've achieved this high bar for our customers. It has required great focus and effort over time, but it's the right thing to do and we're pleased to be the market leader.
When it comes to security, privacy and compliance, my team helps ensure Office 365 continues to lead the way in service of our customers. I invite you to learn more at the Office 365 Trust Center.
On the topic of Office365 and security can I ask are there any plans to support 2-factor authentication for small businesses who aren't in a position to use ADFS? For me this is a key requirement if people are going to move their companies over to cloud services, given the known security weaknesses of relying on password authentication....
(この記事は Microsoft Office 365 Blog に 2012 年 7 月 10 日に投稿された記事 の翻訳です) Posted by Rajesh Jha, Corporate