Aiming for Approval: AWS Takes FISMA Steps

(Ping! Zine Web Hosting Magazine) – Cloud service provider Amazon Web Services has been busy working to receive further FISMA approval. Today AWS announced that it had finished required work needed to achieve “FISMA Moderate level.”

More government agencies can rely on AWS services based on the approval.

Commenting on their official blog, AWS states, “Based on detailed security baselines established by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), FISMA Moderate certification and accreditation required us to address an extensive set of security configuration and controls.”

The U.S. government makes tech companies adhere to certain standards before they can offer their services to federal agencies.

Before moving to receive the moderate level, AWS achieved low level approval. Just last month, Amazon announced the launch of GovCloud, a digital storage source aimed at providing cloud services to the government.

Meanwhile, AWS says it’s working to achieve further certifications. To view the announcement by AWS, visit: http://aws.typepad.com/aws/2011/09/adding-iso-27001-and-fisma-moderate.html

 

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