A program intended to standardize the government’s security certification of cloud products and services is now accepting vendor applications.
Starting Wednesday, cloud service providers and agencies can apply to have products and services vetted under the Federal Risk and Authorization program (FedRAMP). The program is managed by the General Services Administration.
Companies that already provide cloud technology to agencies under GSA’s Infrastructure-as-a-Service contract will be among the first to have their technology vetted through FedRAMP. Companies on existing government contracts that provide popular cloud services, such as email services, will get priority vetting early on.
By June 2014, all cloud services and products in use at federal agencies or in an active acqusition process must meet FedRAMP requirements. Click here for more information about the FedRAMP process.