Virtustream Receives Nod to Provide Cloud Services for Federal Authorities

By CIOReview | Monday, June 15, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C: Virtustream, a cloud services and software provider, received Provisional Authority to Operate (P-ATO) from Joint Authorization Board from the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) to offer cloud services to the federal agencies.

The FedRAMP P-ATO is a declaration that Virtustream has implemented the appropriate cloud infrastructure security posture to comply with the FedRAMP security requirements for providing cloud services to federal agencies. Coalfire Systems, an accredited third party assessment organization, conducted FedRAMP assessment of Virtustream’s Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) offerings and will perform ongoing validation of the company’s Continuous Monitoring processes.

After the last week’s suspected Chinese hack of U.S. government personnel records maintained by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) cloud security has become more critical for U.S. civilian agencies. Security experts said the hack appeared to be so sophisticated that encrypting the personal data may not have prevented the breach, reports George Leopold for EnterpriseTech.

Virtustream’s xStream cloud management platform software and IaaS meets the security, compliance, performance, efficiency and consumption-based billing requirements of complex production in the cloud. So far, 18 U.S. cloud provider have gained P-ATO under FedRAMP to provide cloud services ranging from IaaS, PaaS and SaaS to federal agencies.