Originally published: December 8, 2011
Last updated: December 22, 2011 - 7:03am
The Obama administration released its long-awaited security standards for firms seeking to provide the government with cloud computing services. The Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) will now be required for all agencies purchasing storage, applications and other remote services from vendors.
The Obama administration has championed cloud computing as a means to save money and accelerate the government's adoption of new technologies. "With FedRAMP, we have established a standardized approach to security assessment, authorization, and continuous monitoring for cloud products and services which every agency will be required to use," said federal chief information officer Steve Van Roekel.