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When: Oct 23-24, 2014
Where: Charleston, SC
Summary:The Amazon Web Service's Cloud Roadshow Series for the Department of Defense and Intelligence Community is a series of events hosted in key locations across the United States. These events are intended for members of the defense and intelligence community, who are interested in learning more about Amazon Web Service's Cloud offerings and use cases. Find out more.


AWS GovCloud (US) is an isolated AWS Region designed to allow US government agencies and customers to move sensitive workloads into the cloud by addressing their specific regulatory and compliance requirements. The AWS GovCloud (US) framework adheres to U.S. International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) regulations as well as the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMPSM) requirements. FedRAMP is a U.S. government-wide program that provides a standardized approach to security assessment, authorization, and continuous monitoring for cloud products and services. AWS GovCloud (US) has received an Agency Authorization to Operate (ATO) from the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) utilizing a FedRAMP accredited Third Party Assessment Organization (3PAO) for the following services: EC2, S3, EBS, VPC, and IAM. Additional AWS GovCloud (US) services can be independently reviewed on an individual basis for additional authorizations.

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Leveraging the HHS authorization, U.S. government agencies can evaluate AWS GovCloud (US) for their applications and workloads, complete their own authorizations to use AWS, and deploy systems into the AWS environment. Customers can immediately request access to the "Amazon Web Services - AWS GovCloud (US) Region" FedRAMP package by submitting a request on the Compliance Contact Us Request Form or by submitting a request through the FedRAMP Program Management Office.

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Workloads that are appropriate for the AWS GovCloud (US) Region include all categories of Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI), including ITAR, as well as Government oriented publicly available data. Because the AWS GovCloud (US) Region is physically and logically accessible by US persons only and also supports FIPS 140-2 compliant end points, customers can manage more heavily regulated data in AWS while remaining compliant with federal requirements.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) provides agencies and businesses with an infrastructure web services platform in the cloud. With AWS you can requisition compute, storage, and other services on demand, gaining access to a suite of secure, scalable, and flexible IT infrastructure services as your agency or business needs them. With AWS, you pay only for what you use, making AWS not only the most agile but also the most cost-effective way to deliver your applications.

The AWS GovCloud (US) Region uses 100% carbon-free power. Learn more about our use of sustainable energy sources.

Would you like to learn more about the AWS GovCloud (US) Region? Do you have questions and would like to talk to one of our Solutions Architects? We host weekly and monthly webinars set up to give you an introduction to the AWS GovCloud (US) Region and answer your questions. Learn More about AWS GovCloud (US) Region Webinars and Events.

Contact an AWS GovCloud (US) Region Business Representative today!


AWS GovCloud (US) Region can be used to power a wide variety of IT applications or to host your entire enterprise.

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While AWS offers a variety of IT governance-enabling features, it can be hard to decide how to start and what to implement. See the Bringing Governance to an Existing Cloud at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL): A Case Study slides from the 2014 AWS Government, Education & Nonprofits Symposium for a starting point.  

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