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FCW : June 30, 2014
Even before the deadline for federal certi cation of cloud service providers had passed, of cials in government and industry said the program has spurred new ways of thinking about federal IT. As of June 5, agencies must only use cloud providers that have been certi ed under the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP), which established a stan- dardized approach to security assess- ment, authorization, and continuous monitoring for cloud products and services. The General Services Admin- istration manages the program. "There are still some equipment- huggers out there," GSA s FedRAMP Director Maria Roat said in an inter- view with FCW, referring to federal users who still cling to the physical servers and networks that are inexo- rably being replaced by infrastructure and services in the cloud. FedRAMP Program Manager Matt Goodrich agreed. "The tech is easy," he said. "Culture change is hard." Nevertheless, aside from the occa- sional holdout, agencies and cloud service providers have embraced FedRAMP. "The culture is shifting," Roat said, adding that the amount of detail cloud service providers are sub- mitting during the certi cation process Dealing with the FedRAMP deadline of agency managers in a MeriTalk survey said CDM program phases are rolling out too slowly 58% Trending has opened up a new level of transpar- ency among companies and agencies. Goodrich said agencies have accept- ed that they don t all need their own IT facilities and that many functions are best served by the cloud. When agencies do have unique needs, they can plan accordingly, Roat said. For instance, some of the Depart- ment of Homeland Security s compo- nent agencies will require capabilities that FedRAMP might not address. The Federal Emergency Management Agen- cy should be in the cloud to facilitate a wide-ranging, publicly oriented mis- sion, while the Secret Service might not want to have anything in a public cloud, she said. Because cloud services don t t a rm de nition and cross many lines, some potential companies have had to consider which path to take to certi - cation. At the deadline, GSA s website listed 11 FedRAMP-certi ed cloud pro- viders with provisional authorization from the Joint Authorization Board, which is the primary governance and decision-making body for the FedRAMP program. Another four CSPs have agen- cy-sponsored authorization. More than a dozen others are in the queue await- ing certi cation, Goodrich said. Most of the authorized companies are listed as infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) providers, including AT&T, Hewlett-Packard and Amazon Web Services. Only a few are listed as plat- form-as-a-service (PaaS) or software- as-a-service (SaaS) providers, including Microsoft, Oracle and AINS. With cloud companies constructing their offerings in myriad ways, paths to authorization vary. Salesforce.com, a provider of customer relationship management services, announced in late May that it had received FedRAMP authority to operate for its PaaS and SaaS cloud services in partnership with the Department of Health and Human Services. FCW CALENDAR Acquisition Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James and GSA Administrator Dan Tangherlini are among the speakers at the National Contract Management Association's World Congress. National Harbor, Md. http://is.gd/uveruy Workforce The Intelligence and National Security Alliance looks at how millennials are changing the intelligence community's operations. Speakers include CIA Deputy Director Andrew Hallman. Washington, D.C. http://is.gd/yusupi 7/27-30 7/10 June 30, 2014 FCW.COM 3 NOMINATIONS NOW OPEN Nominations for the 2014 Rising Star awards are now being accepted. Learn more at fcw.com/2014risingstars. The tech is easy. Culture change is hard. --- MATT GOODRICH, FEDRAMP PROGRAM MANAGER Continued on Page 6
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