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This article was published on September 15, 2011

Amazon boosts government cloud data protection with new federal security accreditation

Amazon boosts government cloud data protection with new federal security accreditation
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Amazon Web Services, Amazon’s Cloud-based storage and service platform, today received Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) Moderate Authorization and Accreditation from the U.S. General Services Administration, certifying it as a government approved infrastructure capable of meeting security requirements for government entities and agencies.

With its FISMA accreditation, Amazon can help federal agencies develop, document and implement data security systems for their data, extending its protection to its Amazon EC2, Amazon S3 and Amazon VPC products and the infrastructure that underpins them.

Amazon already hosts more than 100 government organisations including Recovery.gov, the Department of Treasury’s Treasury.gov, the Federal Register 2.0 at the National Archives, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program at USDA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory at NASA, all of which use AWS to scale their computing needs by using the Cloud.

Amazon sees the accreditation as an opportunity to help the U.S. government reduce costs and help deliver Internet-based services quicker than traditional in-house solutions.