Microsoft Azure will be used by government

Microsoft developed blockchain-based Azure Government Secret service specially for US government departments
18 October 2017   90233

American government agencies will soon be able to transfer data sets, including secret ones, to the Microsoft Azure platform. This is reported by CoinDesk.

The technology giant announced the launch of the Azure Government Secret service for enhanced access of government departments to cloud data stores. Thus, state clients of the company can get access to the Azure blockchain not only through the existing Government Cloud service, but also with the help of a new service.

Azure Government Secret service is developed only for US government departments, while the Government Cloud is already using 7,000 institutions and 10 million employees worldwide.

Initially, the Microsoft Azure blockchain platform was launched for experimental purposes of private clients. Now company offers the blockchain-tools in an isolated experimental environment developed by its partners, such as Chain, ConsenSys and Emercoin.

Over the past few years, private customers of Microsoft have used cloud technologies and new technological tools. At the same time, because of strict security rules, this possibility was limited for government departments.

In this regard, six data centers Microsoft is now "isolated" from the network. The US Department of Defense assigned them a tolerance level of 5. In addition, the state conducted additional certification in accordance with the rules of The Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) and the Office of Defense Information Systems (DISA).

The U.S. government requires those data facilities to be operated by U.S. citizens with special clearance, and so the contractor we use meets that. 
 

Mark Russinovich
CTO, Microsoft Azure 

According to him, the developers of Azure Government Secret provided for the mechanism of expanded analytics and improved the mechanism of "detection" for processing sensitive data.

Blockchain makes it much harder for fraud and waste to exist, makes it much more visible if it does exist and potentially gets rid of a lot of layers of bureaucracy that are designed simply to ensure that waste and fraud [don't] exist. 
 

Mark Russinovich
CTO, Microsoft Azure 

Last year, the Office of General Accounting of the US government came to the conclusion that the executive and Congress are wasting billions of dollars because of imperfect bureaucracy. The US State Department last week said that blockchain technology will help solve this problem and increase the efficiency of agencies.

Russinovich noted that many organizations by order of the Congress are engaged in the purchase of humanitarian goods and their logistics in the hurricane-affected areas of the country, thus there are opportunities for fraud and theft. Transparency of blocking technology and consensus mechanisms, in his opinion, completely solve this problem.

Russinovich has not yet been able to confirm whether the government is using new services, but notes that the authorities are showing considerable interest in introducing technology into their information systems.

Microsoft & EEA to Create Token Taxonomy Initiative

As reported, EEA intends to act as a platform for the the Token Taxonomy Initiative, which involves the Hyperledger, R3 and Digital Asset Holdings consorti
18 April 2019   173

The Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA) blockchain consortium launched a project with Microsoft to help businesses develop and create tokens to solve specific problems.

The EEA intends to act as a platform for the Token Taxonomy Initiative, which involves the Hyperledger, R3 and Digital Asset Holdings consortia. At the same time, IBM and Intel, JP Morgan financial holding, ConsenSys blockchain start-up and many others will participate in the project.

According to Ron Reznick, Director General of the EEA, various seminars will be available to specialists as well as the GitHub repository as part of the initiative. Already existing tokens on different blockchains will be tested, and then reduced to a single standard.

Microsoft Chief Architect Marley Gray noted that during his work with the Microsoft Azure cloud platform and EEA, he often encountered various industry consortia that spent a lot of time trying to understand “how best tokenize, for example, a barrel of oil”.

Thus, as part of the initiative, it is planned to create a token constructor so that any person, even without being a technical specialist, can explain to developers what he wants from an asset.

Last year, EEA and another leading blockchain consortium Hyperledger announced a partnership that provides for the creation of uniform standards for corporate distributed networks developed by the participants of these two organizations.