The key to Microsoft’s ambition to take cloud-based computing beyond Earth

Space makes connectivity and computing increasingly attainable across industries like agriculture, energy, telecommunications, and the public sector. Microsoft is diligently working to make Azure the platform of choice for the mission needs of the space community, bringing their unique global threats insights to protect critical infrastructure and strengthen cybersecurity expertise in the space industry. At Microsoft, the ambition to grow this community has been the basis for Azure Space.

Azure Space is a framework for innovation focused on specific core areas to address never-before-seen security challenges. This set of strategies includes: 

  • Product offerings: A diverse set of security solutions designed to shrink the attack surface for hosted solutions which include zero trust and security event information management solutions. Microsoft also offers threat experts for monitoring, analysis, and hunting.
  • Partnerships: An ecosystem of top space companies that provides a multi-orbit, multi-band, multi-vendor, cloud-enabled capability to bring comprehensive and resilient satellite connectivity solutions to meet the needs of customers.
  • People: It is often said that a company is only as good as its people. In space efforts, Microsoft has brought together a team of diverse experts to work through evolving challenges and opportunities in space. 

Microsoft currently integrates various fail-safe mechanisms to ensure smooth functioning for customers, even in case of a live cyber attack. In event of a network disruption, their modular data centers are designed to move traffic from the impacted network to a backup satellite connection. Azure Virtual Networks are governed by more than 90 compliance certifications covering applications and datasets to minimize threats.

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