Three years in, FedRAMP offers 3 paths to compliance

The FedRAMP PMO rolled out a new logo and announced the addition of four cloud systems to its list of authorized service providers, bringing the total of authorized solutions to 27.

Two Amazon Web Services environments attain FedRAMP compliance

Last week, Amazon announced that it had received separate agency authorizations to operate (ATO) from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for two of its Amazon Web Services cloud computing offerings, and that…

First cloud service provider authorized under FedRAMP

Just over a year after OMB formally announced the the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP), which relies on third-party assessments of cloud service providers seeking to offer their services to government agencies, the FedRAMP…

OMB outlines approach for cloud computing security

In the latest follow-up to “cloud first” policy advocated by federal CIO Vivek Kundra and the Federal Cloud Computing Strategy issued last February, OMB released new federal policy guidance directing agencies to use the requirements, security…

Major cloud computing privacy legal issues remain unresolved

From a legal standpoint, it appears that while many opinions exist on how privacy can be protected in the cloud, who should ultimately be responsible for that protection, and how law enforcement agencies and other government entities should treat cloud environments, there are more unresolved issues than there are settled ones.

Google Apps for Government receives federal authorization to operate from GSA

Google announced today that its public-sector focused cloud computing service, Google Apps for Government, successfully completed a security certification and accreditation (C&A) process and received an authorization to operate (ATO) from the General Services Administration. This…

Feds appear committed to cloud computing; potential cost savings outweight security concerns

Federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra stressed his belief that the federal government needs to get out of the business of building data centers and managing IT infrastructure, hardware, servers, and application software, and instead should…