Cloud computing is driving the government forward and enabling agencies to enhance mission delivery. As agencies begin the journey to the cloud or look at the path they’ve already forged, IT and cyber leaders should look to solutions that are secure and scalable. Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) authorized products take the guesswork out of finding cloud technology that fits government needs with solutions that meet strict standards in security.
Recently, Mark Swanson, Director, Enterprise Product Management, BlackBerry, explained the importance of FedRAMP solutions to agencies amid the pandemic transition. With remote workers, disbursed technologies, and limited in-house staff to monitor security, FedRAMP has been the answer for agencies that need scalable, secure solutions quickly.
“We’re greatly expanding that attack surface,” he said. Agencies really need to be able to monitor compliance in single, easy to use platforms.” FedRAMP solutions offer the scalability that agencies need today for multiple devices, no matter where they are. Speakers at the recent GovForward Multicloud Series by Carahsoft echoed these ideas.
Congressman Gerald Connolly, Representative from Virginia’s 11th congressional district, said that “it’s important that agencies can go to the cloud, be more efficient, and retire legacy systems. The pandemic has exposed how critical IT investments are to the enterprise. If the IT doesn’t work, your mission fails,” he said.
With FedRAMP solutions, agencies can move away from legacy systems that open threat surfaces. FedRAMP enables agencies to prepare and defend against current threats by protecting sensitive data, especially when working remotely.
Ashley Mahan, Director, FedRAMP, and Secure Cloud Portfolio, General Services Administration, explained that the sudden shift to remote work due to the pandemic has showcased the need for FedRAMP. “The ability to work remotely in a virtual and secure environment is more important than ever,” she said. “The use of cloud technologies has helped the government be more resilient and shift to these new ways of work.”
But the opportunities for FedRAMP go far beyond remote work. Matt Lira, Special Assistant to the President for Innovation Policy and Initiatives, White House Office of American Innovation, shared that FedRAMP has the power to transform the way the government operates. “Clearly, if we are trying to create a credential that is trying to scale to the scope of the entire federal government, it’s going to need the ability to be elastic with that demand,” he said.
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