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FCW : November 30, 2013
Trending 8 November 30, 2013 FCW.COM agencies made someone other than the CIO or chief technology of cer their lead PortfolioStat of cial. 7 IBM s SmartCloud for Government platform has achieved certi cation through the Federal Risk and Autho- rization Management Program, the government s standardized approach to cloud security. The Nov. 7 provisional authority to operate from the FedRAMP Joint Authorization Board makes IBM a more attractive cloud services pro- vider and validates its SmartCloud for Government offering for a growing market of potential federal customers. "Our commitment to innovation around security and reliability played a key role in IBM achieving FedRAMP compliance," said Anne Altman, gen- eral manager of IBM s U.S. federal business. "IBM s efforts to make the cloud secure extend beyond the cur- rent requirements. Our research teams are exploring the next generation of cloud security and are committed to bringing further innovation to the gov- ernment in this area." IBM is the 10th cloud provider to achieve FedRAMP compliance. Seven other companies have been granted provisional authority to operate: Aka- mai, AT&T, Autonomic Resources, CGI Federal, Hewlett-Packard, Lockheed Martin and Microsoft. In addition, the Department of Health and Human Services bestowed FedRAMP certi cation on Amazon Web Services GovCloud and US East/ West offerings, while the Agriculture Department certi ed its own National Information Technology Center. IBM s FedRAMP approval reinforc- es its commitment to diversifying its technical offerings. The company launched SmartCloud for Govern- ment in 2010, and recent acquisitions, including the purchase of SoftLayer for $2 billion, have enhanced IBM s cloud offerings. --- Frank Konkel IBM passes FedRAMP muster INK TANK Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said the cyber domain is a growing concern and he plans to address it in detail in the upcoming Quadrennial Defense Review, due in February 2014. Speaking at a Center for Strategic and International Studies event in early November, Hagel said the threat of ter- rorism has metastasized, particularly as adversar- ies gain access to areas in which the United States pre- viously enjoyed a strategic advantage. "Destructive technolo- gies and weapons that were once the province of advanced militaries are being sought by non-state actors and other nations," Hagel said. "This will require our con- tinued investment in cutting-edge defensive space and cyber technologies and capabilities like missile defense, as well as offensive technologies and capabilities to deter aggressors and respond if we must." Hagel said competing concerns compounded by extensive budget cuts require "a much-needed realignment of missions and resources." The six pri- orities that will guide the planning pro- cess include protecting investments in emerging military cyber capabilities. The other priorities are institutional reforms, assessing the force planning construct, balanc- ing the military, addressing personnel and compensation issues, and preparing for a prolonged military readiness challenge triggered by hun- dreds of billions of dollars in budget cuts. "We may have to accept the reality that not every unit will be at maximum readiness, and some kind of a tiered readiness system is, perhaps, inevi- table," he said. "This carries the risk that the president would have fewer options to ful ll our national security objectives." --- Amber Corrin Hagel to target cyber in quadrennial review Chuck Hagel
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