Cloud Security Reviews Give Priority to GSA Vendors

December 23, 2011

Verizon Federal Inc. and General Dynamics Information Technology are among companies whose cloud computing services and products will be vetted first by federal experts under a new mandatory security assessment program.

These companies and others that already provide cloud technology to agencies under the General Services Administration's Infrastructure-as-a-Service contract will be reviewed first, said Dave McClure, associate administrator of the General Services Administration's Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies.

The governmentwide program, called the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP), is intended to quickly ensure that commercial cloud computing technology meets federal security standards so that agencies can more readily adopt it. 

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