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FedRAMP to Monitor Cloud Service Providers

An employee works on his computer at the office of CloudFactory, a Canadian startup that based itself in Kathmandu, where it hires teams of Nepalese October 5, 2012. Not far from the world of regimented cubicles and headset-toting call centre operators, a quiet revolution is stirring in its slippers. While it's early days, proponents of so-called commercial crowdsourcing contend that a swelling army of global freelancers is already disrupting traditional outsourcing - from preparing tax statements to conducting research on pediatricians. Picture taken October 5, 2012. To match story ASIA-FREELANCE/ REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar (NEPAL - Tags: SOCIETY BUSINESS)

As of today, the federal government will require that all cloud service providers have Federal Risk and Authorization Program (FedRAMP) approval. FedRAMP is a program meant to standardize the security of cloud services, thus reducing the time and effort that independent cloud providers would need to spend ensuring cloud security. According to a 2013 annual report by the General Services Administration, agencies that use FedRAMP could save 50 percent on staffing and $200,000 in costs overall. FedRAMP will operate under similar rules as the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA), which helps maintain security of federal IT systems, applications and databases. Both FISMA and FedRAMP will provide enhanced protection and scrutiny for federal and independent agencies.

To learn more about cloud computing, read Darrell West’s papers Saving Money Through Cloud Computing and Steps to Improve Cloud Computing in the Public Sector. Visit the FedRAMP website here.

MaryCate Most contributed to this post.

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