Azure PCI Attested Services is Now 40; Smart Mouthguards Helps in Safer Decisions

Azure Payment Card Industry attested services for security now total 40. Microsoft Azure-Vector smart mouthguards help high school football coaches make safer decisions. from the sidelines.

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Microsoft Trust Center pusblished the second Azure Payment Card Industry (PCI) Attestation of Compliance for this year.

Azure has the biggest PCI coverage in the industry, "and we are rapidly creating new services and features that our PCI customers want to leverage in their compliant solutions," with Payment Card Industry-attested services now totaling 40, writes Alice Rison, Microsoft Azure senior director.

For those new, PCI Data Security Standards (DSS) "is a global information security standard designed to prevent fraud through increased control of credit card data. Organizations of all sizes must follow PCI DSS standards if they accept payment cards from the five major credit card brands: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover and the Japan Credit Bureau (JCB)."

The Core AoC was released in March and covers the Azure platform, along with a number of Azure Services.

The Azure PCI DSS AoC Package contains both the Core, Add-on AoC and some additional Azure service. "With the addition of the services above, Azure's list of PCI attested services is now 40," Rison said.

The company furhter notes, that in the next round of assessments, they'll increase coverage of available services.

Following new Azure services are now supported:

"IoT Hub
Service Fabric
StorSimple
API Management
Operations Management Suite
Azure Automation
Log Analytics
Azure Backup
Azure Site Recovery
Microsoft Intune
Azure Container Service
Stream Analytics
Power BI," writes Rison.

In other news, Azure IoT collaborated with DataStax to build a scalable and resilient Internet of Things infrastructure.

It can be used with many diverse applications, including collecting telemetry data from thermostats and boilers, along with a variety of web platforms to power the backend for mobile applications.

To leran more, refer to this DataStax and Azure IoT Reference Architecture whitepaper, or what IoT can do for your business, visit here.

DataStax usage in the Azure IoT Reference Architecture

Also, with the football starting up again, i1Biometrics, a Kirkland-based software company, teamed up with Microsoft Azure to create "smart mouthguards" to help high school football coaches make safer decisions from sidelines.

Sensors in i1Biometrics' Vector MouthGuards "collect data on hits and tackles, and syncs it with a secure cloud environment powered by Azure." "The real-time data helps trainers and coaches decide on play changes and whether to take out a player to prevent future injuries," said Ray Rhodes, one of i1Biometrics' founders responsible for product development.

Vector MouthGuard. (Photo courtesy of i1Biomterics.)