Have ideas about cloud computing certification? Tell GSA

Think you can help the federal government speed up its certification and accreditation of cloud computing products and services? If the answer is yes, the General Services Administration wants to hear from you.

GSA recently released requirements for the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP), an interagency initiative that will provide the government-wide certification process.

GSA, along with the Federal CIO Council, want to hear from agencies, vendors and the public about process templates, guides, common security requirements and other program-related aspects.

People can submit comments on FedRAMP’s website until Thursday, Dec. 2 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. There will be two information sessions – one for vendors and one for federal agencies – during the comment period, although the dates and times have not yet been established. GSA officials say more information will be posted on FedRAMP’s website as the weeks go on.

Meanwhile, Vivek Kundra, the Chief Information Officer, released the following statement about the requirements and public comment period: “By simplifying how agencies procure cloud computing solutions, we are paving the way for more cost-effective and energy-efficient service delivery for the public, while reducing the federal government’s data center footprint.”

One Response to Have ideas about cloud computing certification? Tell GSA

  1. Cloud Guy says:

    FedRAMP may be a good starting point for facilitating cloud computing processes, but there are a number of security concerns that need to be recognized. Some critics argue that FedRAMP does not provide enough application security oversight, which is a reason for concern as in recent years, application attacks have surpassed system-level attacks.

    At ccskguide.org, we take a look at the security issues around cloud computing and help prepare candidates for the CCSK Cloud Security Certification. Check out our blog post on FedRAMP:

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