White House Issues New Federal Cloud Security Rules

Law360, New York (December 8, 2011, 8:42 PM EST) -- Seeking to expedite the government's purchase of cloud-based information systems, the Obama administration published new security guidelines Thursday that will apply to all federal cloud data acquisitions.

The standardized rules will expedite security approvals by replacing an ad hoc system that required individual agencies to perform security analysis and testing before finalizing contracts. The security program, Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program, or FedRAMP, will allow the agencies to save 30 to 40 percent of the hundreds of millions currently spent on such activities, according to...
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