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Posted by Scott Charney, Corporate Vice President, Trustworthy Computing, Microsoft
On September 30, Microsoft announced that our public cloud platform, Windows Azure, had been granted Provisional Authorities to Operate (P-ATO) from the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) Joint Authorization Board (JAB). The FedRAMP Program Management Office also announced recently that federal agencies can now leverage the P-ATO to support their own agency-specific cloud migration efforts. FedRAMP is a government-wide program administered by the General Services Administration (GSA) that provides a standardized approach to security assessment, authorization, and continuous monitoring for cloud services. Agencies are required by the Office of Management and Budget to use FedRAMP to adopt cloud services.
By achieving this level of federal compliance, Windows Azure enables customers to use cloud computing services that adhere to security requirements, meet federal compliance regulations, and support government computing initiatives.
We are encouraged by the development of FedRAMP and, after completing the certification process, we can offer some observations and have some suggestions:
Microsoft appreciates GSA’s leadership and continued efforts to advance the efficiency and effectiveness of this critical program. Launching a centralized cloud security assessment capability for the federal government is no small undertaking, and we look forward to continuing to help evolve and optimize FedRAMP.