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Board created to update FedRAMP security standards

The committee charged with assuring cloud computing services meet federal cyber standards under the FedRAMP program will have seven broad responsibilities.

Tags: cybersecurity , cybersecurity udpate , DoD , DHS , GSA , technology , Federal Drive

Thursday - 03/01/2012, 07:48am EST

GSA creating cloud marketplace for federal services

The goal is for agencies to offer on a fee-for-service basis excess cloud capacity. GSA's Dave McClure said financial management, human resources, customer relationship management and geospatial services are some of the possible offerings.

Tags: technology , Dave McClure , GSA , cloud computing , acquisition , contracting , OMB , Email-as-a-service , cybersecurity , SIIA , Jason Miller

Thursday - 02/16/2012, 04:01pm EST
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FedRAMP eases vendors' path to offer secure cloud services

Under the new concept of operations, the interagency board now is letting vendors submit their cloud services for approval without first having to have a contract. The document details three major areas of how the FedRAMP process will work. The program management office will release two other major documents in the coming months to further detail the cloud security process.

Tags: technology , cloud computing , cybersecurity , Kathy Conrad , Matt Goodrich , GSA , TechAmerica , third-party assessments , Jason Miller

Thursday - 02/09/2012, 05:15am EST
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FedRAMP includes 168 security controls

The Joint Authorization Board releases specific requirements around each of the security controls for FedRAMP for systems needing low and moderate security levels. GSA and IAC will hold an industry day Wednesday.

Tags: technology , GSA , DHS , DoD , cloud computing , cybersecurity , third-party accreditors , NIST , IAC , Jason Miller , Cybersecurity Update

Monday - 01/09/2012, 06:10pm EST

GSA to tighten oversight of conflict-of-interest rules for FedRAMP

Under the cloud security requirements, vendors who want to be third party assessment organizations and cloud service providers must prove they have walled-off the two parts of their company. GSA released details Dec. 8 and held an industry day Dec. 16 for vendors who want to be third-party assessers. GSA expects to release the FedRAMP security controls early in 2012.

Tags: technology , GSA , Dave McClure , Kathy Conrad , cloud computing , cybersecurity , Jason Miller

Tuesday - 12/20/2011, 11:03pm EST
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VanRoekel's 2012 IT goals: Crawl, walk, run

"Crawl before you can walk. Walk before you can run." That's how Federal CIO Steve VanRoekel framed his 2012 priorities in his first speech to government IT contractors in Washington. He said agencies would have to do "more with less," but he wanted to emphasize the "more."

Tags: Steven VanRoekel , technology , IT , acquisition , acquisition policy , industry , cloud computing , cybersecurity , ACT-IAC , Emily Kopp

Friday - 12/16/2011, 06:57pm EST
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New FedRAMP standards first step to secure cloud computing

OMB sets a six-month deadline for initial capabilities to be ready. Along with the cloud security standards and process, the administration highlighted other accomplishments on the one-year anniversary of the 25-point IT Reform plan. The White House said a new draft shared services strategy will focus on commodity IT services.

Tags: technology , Steven VanRoekel , Dave McClure , Richard Spires , OMB , DHS , GSA , cloud computing , TechStat , shared services , cybersecurity , IT reform , budget , Jason Miller

Thursday - 12/08/2011, 04:00pm EST
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FedRAMP cloud security memo makes it past OMB director's review

Office of Management and Budget Director Jacob Lew has approved the cloud security memo and guidance, known as FedRAMP, pushing it to the brink of public release, Federal News Radio has learned. Multiple sources confirmed Lew approved the documents before Thanksgiving and OMB could issue the memo and guidance as early as next week.

Tags: technology , cybersecurity , cloud computing , OMB , Jacob Lew , GSA , DoD , DHS , Dave McClure , Jason Miller

Tuesday - 11/29/2011, 07:32pm EST

Agencies using cloud to de-clutter IT systems

The Homeland Security Department and NASA moving to the cloud to support mission needs and reduce the cost and effort to support back-office systems. Federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel said he is focusing on four areas of cloud: agencies, procurement, international and cybersecurity.

Tags: technology , Richard Spires , Keith Trippie , Adrian Gardner , Steven VanRoekel , OMB , DHS , NASA , NIST , cloud computing , cybersecurity , Jason Miller

Thursday - 11/03/2011, 05:23am EDT
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FedRAMP cloud policy in final review

GSA's Dave McClure said a flood of documents will come as soon as OMB signs off on the cloud security guidance. McClure said among the documents will be the application for third party companies to become FedRAMP accreditors of cloud products and services.

Tags: technology , Dave McClure , GSA , DoD , DHS , cloud computing , cybersecurity , Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board , industry , OMB , Jason Miller

Friday - 10/28/2011, 05:45pm EDT
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