Google Cloud gets FedRAMP High tag

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Google's Cloud Platform received the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program's highest level of authority to securely operate over a dozen of its products for federal agency customers.

In a Dec. 4 blog post, Google Vice President of Public Sector Mike Daniels said the company had received authorities to operate 17 products in five geographic cloud regions under FedRAMP High.

Daniels said it also expanded its FedRAMP Moderate ATO to 64 products across geographic cloud regions.

The new authorities, it said, gives public-sector agencies the capabilities to run the highest levels of security for civilian agency applications.

To get the FedRAMP High ATO, Google said it documented how its homegrown security practices conformed to National Institute of Standards and Technology security controls. Those controls were then passed on to a third-party organization for documentation and assessment. The company also said it worked with the FedRAMP Joint Authorization Board to document monitoring, patching and vulnerability scanning infrastructure to meet FedRAMP High requirements.

"Receiving a FedRAMP High ATO means we can support agency missions that require some of the highest levels of data protection for unclassified workloads," said Daniels. "These new certifications reflect our continued investment and support for customers in the U.S. public sector, and is another example of momentum we're seeing as government agencies move to the cloud."

About the Author

Mark Rockwell is a senior staff writer at FCW, whose beat focuses on acquisition, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Energy.

Before joining FCW, Rockwell was Washington correspondent for Government Security News, where he covered all aspects of homeland security from IT to detection dogs and border security. Over the last 25 years in Washington as a reporter, editor and correspondent, he has covered an increasingly wide array of high-tech issues for publications like Communications Week, Internet Week, Fiber Optics News, magazine and Wireless Week.

Rockwell received a Jesse H. Neal Award for his work covering telecommunications issues, and is a graduate of James Madison University.

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