Prior to 2011, government risk authorization and compliance looked far differently from today. Before the creation of the Federal Risk and Authorization Program (FedRAMP), agencies across government followed a variety of compliance plans that created confusion for both agency and vendor. “The government realized it needed to figure out a way to securely scale,” said Rand Waldron, Vice President, Global Government Sector, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure.
We recently spoke with Waldron about the importance of FedRAMP, JAB Authorization, and why these programs are driving government agency innovation.
“FedRAMP is a specific set of controls that enhances government cloud. FedRAMP provides a single set of standards that are accepted by every agency,” said Waldron. Through the Joint Authorization Board (JAB), the decision-making body for FedRAMP, Oracle recently received FedRAMP High Provisional Authorization to Operate (P-ATO). By collaborating with cloud partners that are FedRAMP and JAB authorized, government agencies can enhance mission delivery by moving to the cloud, Waldron notes.
A partner with these authorizations brings immense value to government, according to Waldron. When looking for an authorized partner, Waldron offered several key areas that agencies should focus on:
- Work with a cloud provider that offers full spectrum of workloads to grow with agency demands.
- Deep knowledge and understanding of enterprise customer requirements. Large organizations that are doing massive amounts of compute need a partner that is truly prepared to deliver.
- Partner with a vendor that can move workloads without a big resource drain, build cloud-native technology, and use Software-as-a-Service (SaaS).
Waldron shared that there is massive demand across government to innovate and this innovation should be focused on being cloud smart with support from the right cloud service provider partnerships. “Missions that found it difficult to go to the cloud now can,” he said. “It really is transformative.”
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