Microsoft, CSRA and Amazon Web Services have each received a newly-created high baseline designation under the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program to operate their cloud computing offerings on sensitive, unclassified systems for agencies.
The FedRAMP program management office says the new high baseline level is intended to unlock nearly $40 billion in information technology funds per year for use in transitions to secure cloud environments as the government spends another $40 billion at FedRAMP’s low and moderate impact levels.
Microsoft's Azure Government offering was been selected to take part in the FedRAMP high pilot as part of an effort to develop the High Impact baseline, the software giant said Thursday.
Azure Government’s FedRAMP high baseline accreditation includes Azure Key Vault, Express Route and Web Apps and government users will start to use Azure Government to process high-impact level data.
CSRA also announced Thursday that it achieved the designation after the end of a pilot program jointly conducted by the General Services Administration, Department of Homeland Security and Defense Department.
A third-party assessment organization reviewed the company's ARC-P infrastructure-as-a-service offerings during the pilot program.
Amazon Web Services said its AWS GovCloud offering for the U.S. government obtained a provisional authority-to-operate certification from the FedRAMP Joint Authorization Board under the high baseline process.
Federal agencies will have access to AWS Cloud to process critical workloads such as personal identifiable information, patient records, financial data, law enforcement data and other controlled unclassified information.