ISO/IEC 27017:2015 Code of Practice for Information Security Controls

ISO-IEC 27017 Overview

The ISO/IEC 27017:2015 code of practice is designed for organizations to use as a reference for selecting cloud services information security controls when implementing a cloud computing information security management system based on ISO/IEC 27002:2013. It can also be used by cloud service providers as a guidance document for implementing commonly accepted protection controls.

This international standard provides additional cloud-specific implementation guidance based on ISO/IEC 27002, and provides additional controls to address cloud-specific information security threats and risks referring to clauses 5-18 in ISO/IEC 27002: 2013 for controls, implementation guidance, and other information. Specifically, this standard provides guidance on 37 controls in ISO/IEC 27002, and it also features seven new controls that are not duplicated in ISO/IEC 27002. These new controls address the following important areas:

  • Shared roles and responsibilities within a cloud computing environment
  • Removal and return of cloud service customer assets upon contract termination
  • Protection and separation of a customer's virtual environment from environments of other customers
  • Virtual machine hardening requirements to meet business needs
  • Procedures for administrative operations of a cloud computing environment
  • Enabling customers to monitor relevant activities within a cloud computing environment
  • Alignment of security management for virtual and physical networks

Microsoft and ISO/IEC 27017

ISO/IEC 27017 is unique in providing guidance for both cloud service providers and cloud service customers. It also provides cloud service customers with practical information on what they should expect from cloud service providers. Customers can benefit directly from ISO/IEC 27017 by ensuring they understand the shared responsibilities in the cloud.

Microsoft in-scope cloud platforms & services

  • Azure, Azure Government, and Azure Germany
  • Microsoft Cloud App Security
  • Dynamics 365, Dynamics 365, and Dynamics 365 Germany
  • Intune
  • Microsoft Defender for Endpoint
  • Microsoft Graph
  • Microsoft Healthcare Bot
  • Microsoft Managed Desktop
  • Office 365, Office 365 U.S. Government, Office 365 U.S. Government Defense, and Office 365 Germany
  • Power Automate (formerly Microsoft Flow) cloud service either as a standalone service or as included in an Office 365 or Dynamics 365 branded plan or suite
  • PowerApps cloud service either as a standalone service or as included in an Office 365 or Dynamics 365 branded plan or suite
  • Power BI cloud service either as a standalone service or as included in an Office 365 branded plan or suite
  • Power BI Embedded
  • Windows 365

Azure, Dynamics 365, and ISO 27017:2015

For more information about Azure, Dynamics 365, and other online services compliance, see the Azure ISO 27017 offering.

Office 365 and ISO 27017:2015

Office 365 cloud environments

Microsoft Office 365 is a multi-tenant hyperscale cloud platform and an integrated experience of apps and services available to customers in several regions worldwide. Most Office 365 services enable customers to specify the region where their customer data is located. Microsoft may replicate customer data to other regions within the same geographic area (for example, the United States) for data resiliency, but Microsoft will not replicate customer data outside the chosen geographic area.

This section covers the following Office 365 cloud environments:

  • Client software (Client): commercial client software running on customer devices.
  • Office 365 (Commercial): the commercial public Office 365 cloud service available globally.
  • Office 365 Government Community Cloud (GCC): the Office 365 GCC cloud service is available for United States Federal, State, Local, and Tribal governments, and contractors holding or processing data on behalf of the US Government.
  • Office 365 Government Community Cloud - High (GCC High): the Office 365 GCC High cloud service is designed according to Department of Defense (DoD) Security Requirements Guidelines Level 4 controls and supports strictly regulated federal and defense information. This environment is used by federal agencies, the Defense Industrial Base (DIBs), and government contractors.
  • Office 365 DoD (DoD): the Office 365 DoD cloud service is designed according to DoD Security Requirements Guidelines Level 5 controls and supports strict federal and defense regulations. This environment is for the exclusive use by the US Department of Defense.

Use this section to help meet your compliance obligations across regulated industries and global markets. To find out which services are available in which regions, see the International availability information and the Where your Microsoft 365 customer data is stored article. For more information about Office 365 Government cloud environment, see the Office 365 Government Cloud article.

Your organization is wholly responsible for ensuring compliance with all applicable laws and regulations. Information provided in this section does not constitute legal advice and you should consult legal advisors for any questions regarding regulatory compliance for your organization.

Office 365 applicability and in-scope services

Use the following table to determine applicability for your Office 365 services and subscription:

Applicability In-scope services
Commercial Access Online, Azure Active Directory, Azure Communications Service, Compliance Manager, Customer Lockbox, Delve, Exchange Online, Exchange Online Protection, Forms, Griffin, Identity Manager, Lockbox (Torus), Microsoft Defender for Office 365, Microsoft Teams, MyAnalytics, Office 365 Advanced Compliance add-on, Office 365 Customer Portal, Office 365 Microservices (including but not limited to Kaizala, ObjectStore, Sway, PowerPoint Online Document Service, Query Annotation Service, School Data Sync, Siphon, Speech, StaffHub, eXtensible Application Program), Office 365 Security & Compliance Center, Office Online, Office Pro Plus, Office Services Infrastructure, OneDrive for Business, Planner, PowerApps, Power Automate, Power BI, Project Online, Service Encryption with Customer Key, SharePoint Online, Skype for Business, Stream
GCC Azure Active Directory, Azure Communications Service, Compliance Manager, Delve, Exchange Online, Forms, Microsoft Defender for Office 365, Microsoft Teams, MyAnalytics, Office 365 Advanced Compliance add-on, Office 365 Security & Compliance Center, Office Online, Office Pro Plus, OneDrive for Business, Planner, PowerApps, Power Automate, Power BI, SharePoint Online, Skype for Business, Stream
GCC High Azure Active Directory, Azure Communications Service, Exchange Online, Forms, Microsoft Defender for Office 365, Microsoft Teams, Office 365 Advanced Compliance add-on, Office 365 Security & Compliance Center, Office Online, Office Pro Plus, OneDrive for Business, Planner, PowerApps, Power Automate, Power BI, SharePoint Online, Skype for Business
DoD Azure Active Directory, Azure Communications Service, Exchange Online, Forms, Microsoft Defender for Office 365, Microsoft Teams, Office 365 Advanced Compliance add-on, Office 365 Security & Compliance Center, Office Online, Office Pro Plus, OneDrive for Business, Planner, Power BI, SharePoint Online, Skype for Business

Office 365 audits, reports, and certificates

Microsoft cloud services are audited once a year for the ISO/IEC 27017:2015 code of practice as part of the certification process for ISO/IEC 27001:2013.

Frequently asked questions

To whom does the standard apply?

This code of practice provides controls and implementation guidance for both cloud service providers and cloud service customers. It is structured in a format similar to ISO/IEC 27002:2013.

Where can I view Microsoft's compliance information for ISO/IEC 27017:2015?

You can download the ISO/IEC 27017:2015 certificate for Azure, Intune, and Power BI.

Can I use the ISO/IEC 27017 compliance of Microsoft services in my organization's certification process?

Yes. If your business is seeking certification for implementations deployed on any Microsoft in-scope enterprise cloud services, you can use Microsoft's relevant certifications in your compliance assessment. However, you are responsible for engaging an assessor to evaluate your implementation for compliance, and for the controls and processes within your own organization.

How can I get copies of the applicable audit reports?

The Service Trust Portal provides independent, third-party audit reports and other related documentation. You can use the portal to download and review this documentation for assistance with your own regulatory requirements.

Use Microsoft Compliance Manager to assess your risk

Microsoft Compliance Manager is a feature in the Microsoft 365 compliance center to help you understand your organization's compliance posture and take actions to help reduce risks. Compliance Manager offers a premium template for building an assessment for this regulation. Find the template in the assessment templates page in Compliance Manager. Learn how to build assessments in Compliance Manager.

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