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Transparency & Trust in the Cloud Series: Mountain View, California

April 28th, 2015 No comments

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I was in Silicon Valley recently speaking at another Transparency & Trust in the Cloud event. Thank-you very much to all the customers that made time to join us at the Microsoft campus in Mountain View, California! This was another very well attended event with numerous large enterprise customers located in the vicinity in attendance.

Like all the Transparency and Trust events prior to this one, I learned from the attendees what their expectations are for a Cloud Service Provider when it comes to security, privacy and compliance. We had several lively discussions on a range of topics. These are some of the themes that emerged during our discussions:

  • How do customers move data from existing on-premise applications into new applications in the Cloud?
  • What compliance artifacts does Microsoft provide to its Cloud customers?
  • Does Microsoft provide architectural diagrams of what its cloud services look like to its customers?
  • What process does Microsoft use for incident response in the Cloud?

My next stop on this tour is San Diego on April 14th and there are still a few other opportunities to learn more about Microsoft’s approach to building the industry’s most trustworthy Cloud. Please refer to the Transparency & Trust Series event schedule. As always, your Microsoft account team is available if you have any questions about these events.

Tim Rains
Chief Security Advisor
WW Cybersecurity & Data Protection, Microsoft

Transparency & Trust in the Cloud Series: Omaha and Des Moines

April 8th, 2015 No comments

I was in Omaha and Des Moines last week speaking at more Transparency & Trust in the Cloud events. The events in Omaha and Des Moines were very well attended; thank you very much to all the customers that made time to join us. The feedback from the CIOs, CISOs, attorneys, and IT professionals that attended has been very positive.

Dennis Garcia, Assistant General Counsel from Legal and Corporate Affairs at Microsoft talking with customers at a Transparency & Trust in the Cloud Series event in Des Moines

Dennis Garcia, Assistant General Counsel from Legal and Corporate Affairs at Microsoft talking with customers at the Transparency & Trust in the Cloud Series event in Des Moines

I learn from the customers attending these events as much as they learn from the speakers. The themes that emerged during the conversations in Omaha and Des Moines included:

  • Is Microsoft’s plan to get every compliance certification and attestation possible in every country/region where it does business?
  • Does Microsoft sign Business Associate Agreements?
  • How does Microsoft help its customers during incident response investigations?
  • What are best practices for managing crisis communications during and after a breach?
  • What is Microsoft doing to help governments craft public policy for cybersecurity?

My next stops on this tour are Mountain View on April 16th, and San Diego on May 14th. If you are an enterprise customer and would like to learn more about Microsoft’s approach to building the industry’s most trustworthy Cloud, check out the current Transparency & Trust in the Cloud event schedule and please reach out to your account team to find out if one of these events is coming to your area in the future.

I’m also speaking at the RSA Conference 2015 in San Francisco on April 21st – if you are attending the conference, please check out some of the Microsoft sessions.

California here I come!

Transparency & Trust in the Cloud Series: Kansas City, St. Louis, Minneapolis

March 5th, 2015 No comments

Over the last few months, Microsoft has hosted a series of events to bring together Chief Information Officers (CIO) and their legal counsels, Chief Information Security Officers (CISO), as well as IT operations leaders from enterprises in cities across the US. These “Transparency & Trust in the Cloud” events aim to highlight and discuss the security, privacy, compliance, and transparency capabilities of Microsoft’s cloud services.

Recently, I was given the opportunity to attend and speak at those in Kansas City, St. Louis, and Minneapolis. I was also able speak directly with many enterprise customers in each city. I was joined by other Microsoft cloud subject matter experts, where together, we answered a range of technology, business process, and legal questions that attendees had—and believe me, they had some well-thought, complex questions!

For example, in Kansas City, attendees asked about service level agreements and were provided with the Microsoft perspective by our Assistant General Counsel, Dennis Garcia. In St. Louis, we were asked about Microsoft’s own journey to move workloads and applications from on premise to the cloud. Ryan Reed, from Microsoft IT, has been doing this work at Microsoft for some time, and shared architectural and development considerations with the audience. Enterprise customers in Minneapolis asked questions ranging from eDiscovery to security incident notifications, to the right to audit, to protecting sensitive healthcare information. These discussions are also extremely helpful to us, at Microsoft, to better understand which topics are top of mind for enterprise customers who are evaluating the use of or adopting cloud services.

I would like to again thank those customers who attended these events. Thank-you!

More meetings like these have been scheduled in different cities across the country. If you are a CIO, CISO, legal counsel, or operations leader for an enterprise organization and would like to learn more about the Microsoft approach to building the industry’s most trustworthy cloud, please reach out to your account team to inquire.

I’m looking forward to meeting more customers and having deeper discussions on trust and transparency in the cloud in the coming weeks.