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New IDC whitepaper released: How government agencies meet security and compliance requirements with the cloud

IDC whitepaper: How government agencies meet security and compliance requirements with the cloudA new IDC whitepaper, sponsored by AWS, “How Government Agencies Meet Security and Compliance Requirements in the Cloud” examines why federal agencies are moving more systems and information to the cloud as a launching point for agency-wide IT modernization. The paper shares executive, legislative, and other government-wide initiatives influencing agencies to accelerate their cloud adoption plans, risks IT leaders face by delaying cloud migrations, and how secure, compliant cloud environments help agencies achieve compliance and security for their sensitive workloads. Download the IDC whitepaper.

IDC believes that becoming cloud enabled is a foundation of digitally transforming to meet mission needs and recommends that agency initiatives include a cloud strategy and road map that addresses current and future security and compliance requirements. The research outlines key consideration technology leaders in government are taking when moving sensitive, mission-critical workloads to the cloud including:

  • Drivers influencing the need for secure, compliant cloud environments
  • Challenges incurred by sticking with legacy hardware and software
  • Benefits of moving sensitive workloads to cloud-based environments
  • Essential guidance for public sector decision-makers

You’ll also read how the cloud can help agencies meet compliance requirements set forth by the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP), the Department of Defense (DoD) Cloud Computing Security Requirements Guide (SRG), International Traffic in Arms Regulation (ITAR), Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS), and other mandates to keep their sensitive workloads secure.

How Amazon Web Services (AWS) helps government agencies meet high compliance

The AWS Cloud provides secure, scalable, and cost-efficient solutions to support the unique requirements and missions of the U.S. federal government. Our cloud services can be employed to meet mandates, reduce costs, drive efficiencies, and increase innovation across civilian agencies, the intelligence community, and the DoD.

AWS has two AWS GovCloud (US) Regions with physically and logically isolated infrastructure built to address the FedRAMP High baseline, DoD SRG for IL 4 and 5 data classifications, CJIS requirements, ITAR citizenship and boundary requirements, and other high compliance mandates. For U.S. public sector and commercial customers in highly regulated industries, AWS GovCloud (US) offers customers a multi-region architecture enabling them to meet their disaster recovery and continuity of operations requirements.

Read the full IDC whitepaper.