Amazon Web Services Achieves FedRAMP Compliance for AWS GovCloud (U.S.) and All U.S. Regions

  Amazon Web Services Achieves FedRAMP Compliance for AWS GovCloud (U.S.) and
  All U.S. Regions

    Achievement recognizes suitability of AWS torun sensitive government
            applications and meet security and compliance mandates

   U.S. Department of the Navy, U.S. Department of the Treasury, NASA, U.S.
   Department of Health and Human Services,, and over 300 U.S.
     government agencies are using AWS to save money, drive research and
                development, and increase innovation globally

Business Wire

SEATTLE -- May 21, 2013

Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an company (NASDAQ:AMZN), today
announced AWS GovCloud (U.S.) and all U.S. AWS Regions have received an Agency
Authority to Operate (ATO) from the U.S. Department of Health and Human
Services (HHS) under the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program
(FedRAMP) requirements at the Moderate impact level. FedRAMP is a U.S.
government-wide program that provides a standardized approach to security
assessment, authorization, and continuous monitoring for cloud products and
services. With this distinction, AWS has demonstrated it can meet the
extensive FedRAMP security requirements and as a result, an even wider range
of government customers can leverage AWS’s secure environment to store,
process, and protect a diverse array of sensitive government data. Leveraging
the HHS authorization, all U.S. government agencies now have the information
they need to evaluate AWS for their applications and workloads, provide their
own authorizations to use AWS, and transition workloads into the AWS
environment. To learn more about the AWS and FedRAMP compliance, please visit

“More than 300 U.S. government agencies already use the wide array of AWS
services to be more innovative, agile, and cost-efficient,” said Teresa
Carlson, AWS Vice President of Worldwide Public Sector. “Today most government
computing systems require built-to-order platforms and applications to meet
government security and compliance requirements, which involve time-consuming
and costly evaluations. With this FedRAMP compliance, agencies can now utilize
a streamlined process from AWS when moving applications to the cloud to meet
their unique business and mission requirements.”

“The FedRAMP requirements raise the security bar for the agencies, results in
uniform evaluations, and will provide government entities with immediate
benefits of using the AWS Cloud,” said Stephen Schmidt, AWS Chief Information
Security Officer.

The Agency granting the ATO and filing with the FedRAMP repository is HHS.
“HHS's authorization of Amazon's cloud services using FedRAMP requirements
ensures the security of government data and paves the way for other agencies
in using secure cloud services,” said Matthew Goodrich, FedRAMP Program
Manager. “Amazon and HHS have demonstrated that cloud providers can meet the
FedRAMP requirements in addition to the provisional authorizations granted by
the FedRAMP Joint Authorization Board. Other agencies can leverage this
authorization, potentially saving the Federal government hundreds of thousands
of dollars by eliminating redundant security authorizations of Amazon's

“HHS worked closely with the FedRAMP program office and AWS to achieve FedRAMP
compliance. Utilizing the FedRAMP templates, HHS was able to maintain security
requirements while achieving economies of scale,” saidKevin Charest, HHS
Chief Information Security Officer. “FedRAMP promoted the trust, transparency,
collaboration, and commitment necessary between cloud service providers and
Federal agencies to comply with the Federal Information Security Management
Act of 2002 (FISMA). HHS is pleased to be one of the first Federal agencies to
go through the FedRAMP process, and to issue an Agency FedRAMP ATO. Our
collaborative approach allowed all of HHS Operating Divisions (OPDIVS) to
leverage  that ATO and thereby reduce duplicative efforts, inconsistencies,
and cost inefficiencies associated with current security authorization

With today’s announcement, all agencies have an efficient way to run their
FedRAMP required workloads on AWS. Agencies can immediately request access to
the AWS FedRAMP package by submitting a FedRAMP Package Access Request Form
and begin moving through the authorization process to achieve an ATO using

About Amazon Web Services

Launched in 2006, Amazon Web Services, Inc. began exposing key infrastructure
services to businesses in the form of web services -- now widely known as
cloud computing. The ultimate benefit of cloud computing, and AWS, is the
ability to leverage a new business model and turn capital infrastructure
expenses into variable costs. Businesses no longer need to plan and procure
servers and other IT resources weeks or months in advance. Using AWS,
businesses can take advantage of Amazon's expertise and economies of scale to
access resources when their business needs them, delivering results faster and
at a lower cost. Today, Amazon Web Services provides a highly reliable,
scalable, low-cost infrastructure platform in the cloud that powers hundreds
of thousands of enterprise, government and startup customers businesses in 190
countries around the world. Amazon Web Services offers over 30 different
services, including Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), Amazon Simple
Storage Service (Amazon S3) and Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon
RDS). AWS services are available to customers from data center locations in
the U.S., Brazil, Europe, Japan, Singapore and Australia.

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