Amazon Web Services Gets Government Approval for Federal Cloud

May 21, 2013

Amazon announced Monday that its Amazon Web Services cloud can now be used for government business, having received a nod from the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program.

FedRAMP’s assessment means that separate agencies do not have to run their own checks of the same cloud framework. The three-year certification lets Amazon boast that its security and other systems are reliable enough to allow the company’s cloud to store sensitive but unclassified government data.

The Department of Health and Human Services sponsored Amazon’s assessment through the FedRAMP process, but others can now easily implement the company’s cloud services, said Teresa Carlson, vice president of the worldwide public sector at Amazon.

Frank Baitman, chief information officer at HHS, said that the department’s sponsorship of Amazon provides a template for other agencies and companies going through the approval process.

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