AWS Public Sector Blog
Raising the bar on accessibility for open-source public sector solutions
Performance Dashboard on AWS is an open source solution in the AWS Solutions Library designed by AWS experts to help organizations build, deploy, and maintain customizable dashboards to communicate the data-driven performance of public sector services. After this initial release, the Government Transformation Team (GTT) at AWS enlisted the help of the UK’s Digital Accessibility Centre (DAC), LevelAccess, and an internal AWS accessibility team to conduct accessibility audits to help our product team identify possible accessibility opportunities within the application.
New IDC whitepaper: How cloud drives government outcomes at scale and supports compliance with security requirements
A new IDC whitepaper explores how, with cloud, US federal agencies can achieve meaningful digital innovation while addressing their mission needs. As more agencies migrate applications and workloads to the cloud, including their most sensitive and heavily regulated data, a key consideration is meeting federal compliance and security mandates.
How US federal agencies can apply TIC 3.0 to AWS workloads
This blog post introduces Amazon Web Services (AWS) Trusted Internet Connections (TIC) 3.0 overlay artifacts. TIC is a federal cybersecurity initiative intended to enhance network and data security across the Federal Government.
Amazon Connect achieves FedRAMP High authorization
AWS announced that Amazon Connect, its omnichannel cloud contact center service, has achieved FedRAMP Authorized status at the High Impact Level. FedRAMP is a US government-wide program that promotes the adoption of secure cloud services across the federal government by providing a standardized approach to security and risk assessment, and continuous monitoring for cloud technologies and federal agencies. In this blog post, learn how to deploy a secure Amazon Connect contact center with conversational AI features to route callers and chatters to the agents best able to assist them.
Navigating ISM and Essential Eight compliance with AWS Config for Australian government agencies
To help our Australian customers, AWS provides pre-built conformance packs for the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) Essential Eight Maturity Model and the ACSC Information Security Manual (ISM). The ACSC’s Essential Eight was first published in 2017 and is a set of prioritised security mitigation strategies designed to help protect organisations against various security threats. In this blog post, I walk you through how to set up a conformance pack in AWS Config that is designed to help you implement and track the ASCS Essential Eight model.
How NRCan used an AWS open source solution to complete a PBMM evidence package in 60 days
Since signing a framework agreement with the Government of Canada (GC) in 2019, AWS has developed an open source solution to automate the deployment of security controls for GC customers, which can reduce the time it takes to achieve an Authority to Operate (ATO). Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) used this solution to implement their cloud landing zone controls aligned with the Protected B, Medium Integrity, Medium Availability (PBMM) profile. They worked with AWS Partner Kainos to complete an ATO evidence package in only 60 days—a process that typically takes 18 months.
DoD Cloud Infrastructure as Code for AWS is now available
AWS is committed to supporting the mission of our Department of Defense (DoD) customers by providing innovative, efficient, and effective solutions. In support of this commitment, we are announcing the availability of DoD Cloud Infrastructure as Code (IaC) for AWS – a baseline that uses a collection of templates to enable defense mission owners to quickly build out secure, scalable cloud environments. DoD Cloud IaC for AWS is designed to help DoD organizations accelerate cloud adoption and support the rapid delivery of capabilities to the warfighter.
AWS Secure Environment Accelerator (ASEA) connectivity with VMware Cloud on AWS
The AWS Secure Environment Accelerator (ASEA) landing zone helps customers deploy and operate a secure multi-account, multi-Region AWS environment. Governments in Canada and others around the world currently use the ASEA, with over 30 deployments to date. Some of these same customers also use VMware Cloud on AWS to integrate on-premises vSphere environments, allowing them to move existing workloads to the cloud more quickly. Integrating your VMware workload with natively managed AWS services can help you reduce your operational overhead and optimize your total cost of ownership (TCO). In this blog post, we review the technical considerations related to integrating your ASEA landing zone with your VMware Cloud on the AWS environment.
Delivering better Medicaid services (and happier teams) with the AWS Cloud
In this blog post, the Georgia Department of Community Health (DCH) chief information officer, Venu Gurram, describes his experience transforming their Medicaid Management Information System (MMIS) from legacy on-premises infrastructure to a collection of services in the cloud. Learn how the DCH joined forces with another state entity, the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI), to use the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud to deliver the next generation of Medicaid technology: a Medicaid Enterprise System (MES).
Canadian Centre for Cyber Security adds additional AWS services to its assessment of the AWS Canada (Central) Region
The Canadian Centre for Cyber Security (CCCS) added more AWS services to its assessment of the AWS Canada (Central) Region, bringing the total number of assessed AWS services to 120. This provides Canadian public sector customers additional confidence that AWS Cloud services meet the Government of Canada’s security control requirements. Using these services in conjunction with the deployment of the open source AWS Secure Environment Accelerator (ASEA) solution reduces cloud service configuration time from months to days.