Microsoft says it's close to Secret-level cloud authorization

FedScoop: Microsoft is another step closer to being able to host the federal government’s Secret-level data in its Azure Government commercial cloud, a move that will make it a stronger competitor for some of the government’s highest-profile ongoing cloud procurements.

The company announced Wednesday that it has launched Azure Government Secret, an offering that meets Department of Defense Impact Level 6 cloud hosting capabilities. With an IL6 authorization, Microsoft would be able to work with some of DOD’s and the intelligence community’s most sensitive data up to a Secret level — something that, to this point, only Amazon Web Services has achieved.

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