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Starting Monday, it’s going to be easier for government organizations to benefit from secure cloud computing.
As Susie Adams, chief technology officer for Microsoft Federal, explains on The Official Microsoft Blog, “Microsoft received notice that Windows Azure was granted the FedRAMP Joint Authorization Board (JAB) Provisional Authority to Operate (P-ATO). Windows Azure is the first public cloud platform, with infrastructure services and platform services, to receive a JAB P-ATO.”
That’s a lot of acronyms to deal with, so Adams helps break down what this means.
In the post, she explains that as the feds moved to the cloud, they realized that a streamlined process would be ideal for individual government agencies to know which cloud vendors and services had already been vetted by a central board of key agencies before they authorized and approved mandated security controls. That’s what JAB is. It’s made up of representatives from the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security, and the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA).
Adams writes, “Securing a P-ATO from this group ensures that when government agencies have a need for an Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) or Platform as a Service (PaaS), they know that Windows Azure has successfully met the necessary security assessments. This not only opens the door for a faster cloud adoption, but helps agencies move to the cloud in a more streamlined, cost-effective way.”
Read Adams’ post over on The Official Microsoft Blog to get the full details on how this “do once, use many times” framework reduces costs, time and staff required to conduct security assessments.
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Athima Chansanchai Microsoft News Center Staff