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Amazon Web Services Earns Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) Moderate Authorization and Accreditation, Expanding the AWS Security and Compliance Framework
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 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, the Department of Treasury's, 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 security requirements."

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 IaaS BPA.

To learn more about Amazon Web Services security certifications, and other AWS security practices, visit To learn more about how AWS works with government agencies, visit

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