New Program will Assist Agencies in Adopting Cloud Services

December 8, 2011

Federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel announced Thursday the launch of a governmentwide program that will quickly ensure that commercial cloud computing products and services meet federal security needs.

The program is called the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (Fedramp), which VanRoekel called a "monumental first step" in addressing security concerns around cloud computing.

Security concerns have been a major barrier to governmentwide adoption of cloud computing. For some agencies, the cost of moving to the cloud, including certifying that vendors meet federal security standards, is another deterrent. 

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