Amazon Web Services passed for US government use

Amazon Web Services has been recognized as suitable to run government applications.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has been granted FedRAMP compliance for AWS GovCloud (U.S.) and all U.S. AWS Regions.

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Today, Amazon announced that the service has been granted Agency Authority to Operate (ATO) from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) requirements at the moderate impact level.

FedRAMP is a U.S. government-wide program which standardizes security assessment and authorization for cloud products and services, in order to make sure that sensitive data on governmental networks is not compromised and is as protected as possible.

Now FedRAMP compliance has been granted, higher security protocols have been recognized; which means that a wider range of governmental bodies and authorities are able to use the service.

The U.S. Department of the Navy, U.S. Department of the Treasury, NASA, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Recovery.gov, and over 300 U.S. government agencies all currently use AWS to "save money, drive research and development, and increase innovation globally," according to Amazon.

Teresa Carlson, AWS Vice President of Worldwide Public Sector commented:

"Today most government computing systems require built-to-order platforms and applications to meet government security and compliance requirements, which involve time-consuming and costly evaluations. With this FedRAMP compliance, agencies can now utilize a streamlined process from AWS when moving applications to the cloud to meet their unique business and mission requirements."

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