Microsoft CRM offering added to certified cloud list

Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online joins Australian Signal Directorate’s Certified Cloud Services List

Microsoft’s Dynamics CRM Online offering is being added to the Australian Signal Directorate’s Certified Cloud Services List (CCSL), the software vendor’s Australian CTO has revealed.

Microsoft Australia CTO James Kavanagh wrote that Dynamics CRM Online had been certified for use with so-called unclassified but sensitive information through the government’s Independent Registered Assessors Program (IRAP).

Microsoft is so far the only vendor to announce it has a CRM offering being added to the CCSL.

Dynamics CRM Online will join Office 365 and Azure on the list.

The list also includes a number of Amazon Web Services’ offerings, as well as cloud services from Macquarie Telecom, Sliced Tech and Vault Systems.

The initial iteration of the CCSL was revealed by the ASD April alongside the newest edition of the government's Information Security Manual.

The refresh of the ISM and the CCSL's launch followed the 2014 release of an updated government cloud policy under which agencies must adopt cloud where it is "fit for purpose, provides adequate protection of data and delivers value for money" when obtaining new ICT services or replacing existing services.

Macquarie Telecom was the first Australian company to be added to the list. It was followed by Vault Systems and Sliced Tech.

The creation of the CCSL has met with a warm response from the cloud vendors that have so far been listed.

Although so far services on the CCSL have been certified only for use with unclassified data, many of the companies have confirmed they are aiming to have their services certified for use with more stringently protected government data.

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