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FCW : July 15, 2015
With unprecedented agility, scalability and efficiency, cloud computing has become a game-changer throughout federal government. The cloud allows agencies to deliver services and applications to users and citizens on demand, without worrying about capacity or day-to-day maintenance. The growing popularity of hybrid cloud, which typically combines the capabilities of private and public clouds either on- or off- premise, has resulted in even greater benefits. Today, many agencies are adopting cloud technologies faster by deploying hybrid cloud solutions that allow them to put applications and workloads in the most suitable environment, while still achieving their mission objectives. Many agencies understand these benefits and have implemented successful hybrid cloud solutions. Yet many others remain unable to take greater advantage of cloud technology because the cloud services or cloud service provider they’ve chosen aren’t compliant with the numerous security regulations required. One of the most difficult standards to meet is FedRAMP, which governs the security authorization process for cloud service providers and cloud- related resources. FedRAMP includes more than 300 security controls and mandates that all agencies that use, or plan to use, a cloud environment must deploy their systems on a FedRAMP- authorized solution. So while taking greater advantage of a cloud solution that meets an agency’s unique considerations is the ultimate goal, finding one that meets FedRAMP certification is equally important. According to a survey from Accenture, nearly half of feds say they are more likely to consider and select a hybrid, community or public cloud solution because of FedRAMP certification. However, only one-third of federal agencies met a June 2014 deadline to ensure that their cloud solutions were FedRAMP compliant. By working with vendors that have received a FedRAMP Provisional Authority to Operate, agencies can accelerate their path to the cloud. Obstacles to compliance FedRAMP is one of the most complex standards in government, not only because of the sheer number of security requirements, but also because of the personnel, time, expense and tools necessary to achieve and maintain compliance. The cost of compliance is a major obstacle to moving workloads to the cloud. In order to receive a FedRAMP authorization, the agency’s system owner is required to have an approved third party auditing firm assess the EXECUTIVE INSIGHTS: THE COMPLIANCE PUZZLE Clearing the Compliance Hurdle Working with FedRAMP-certified vendors, agencies can leverage pre-approved expertise, facilities and resources to get the most benefit from the cloud shutterstock.com
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