U.S. federal, state, local and tribal agencies can now utilize Amazon
Web Services at the FISMA Moderate level via the U.S. General Services
Administration's Blanket Purchase Agreement
SEATTLE, Sep 15, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) --
Amazon Web Services LLC (AWS), an Amazon.com company (NASDAQ: AMZN),
today announced it has received Federal Information Security Management
Act (FISMA) Moderate Authorization and Accreditation from the U.S.
General Services Administration. FISMA requires federal agencies to
develop, document, and implement an information security system for its
data and infrastructure. Government entities can now utilize AWS
infrastructure services while meeting security requirements for
applications demanding the stringent security practices of the FISMA
Moderate level. This accreditation covers Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud
(Amazon EC2), Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), Amazon Virtual
Private Cloud (Amazon VPC) and the infrastructure upon which they run.
With the addition of FISMA Moderate, the AWS security and compliance
framework now covers FISMA Low and Moderate, PCI DSS Level 1, FIPS
140-2, ISO 27001, and SAS-70 type II. AWS also provides an environment
that enables businesses to comply with HIPAA regulations.
FISMA Moderate Authorization and Accreditation requires AWS to implement
and operate an extensive set of security configurations and controls.
This includes documenting the management, operational, and technical
processes used to secure the physical and virtual infrastructure as well
as conducting third party audits. This is the first time AWS has
received a FISMA Moderate authority to operate.
"Amazon Web Services offers government agencies access to scalable,
cost-effective and flexible technology infrastructure that empowers
agencies to quickly and securely deploy their applications in the
cloud," said Teresa Carlson, Vice President of Global Public Sector,
Amazon Web Services. "More than 100 government organizations such as
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 are
already using AWS to meet their needs for agile, reliable and highly
available computing environments. We look forward to continue working
with the U.S. government to help reduce costs and shorten the time to
accomplishing their mission."
"Security remains our top priority, and we continue to pursue
certifications that provide our customers with the resources they need
to confidently and securely deploy mission-critical applications in the
AWS cloud," said Stephen Schmidt, Chief Information Security Officer,
Amazon Web Services. "By meeting the Federal government's requirements
for FISMA Moderate, agencies can rapidly expand their cloud computing
footprint, deploying sensitive government data and applications on AWS
while continuing to comply with the government's unique and rigorous
AWS continues to provide cloud computing services to the U.S. government
through its growing solution provider network. AWS solution provider and
reseller URS-Apptis was awarded an Infrastructure-as-a-Service blanket
purchase agreement (BPA) from the U.S. General Services Administration
(GSA). AWS is the exclusive technology provider under this agreement.
Government agencies can now easily procure on-demand, highly reliable,
highly scalable, and cost-efficient technology resources using the GSA
To learn more about Amazon Web Services security certifications, and
other AWS security practices, visit www.aws.amazon.com/security.
To learn more about how AWS works with government agencies, visit http://aws.amazon.com/federal/.
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opened on the World Wide Web in July 1995 and today offers Earth's
Biggest Selection. Amazon.com, Inc. seeks to be Earth's most
customer-centric company, where customers can find and discover anything
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Beauty; Sports & Outdoors; and Tools, Auto & Industrial. Amazon Web
Services provides Amazon's developer customers with access to
in-the-cloud infrastructure services based on Amazon's own back-end
technology platform, which developers can use to enable virtually any
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