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Rackspace Extends FedRAMP Authorized Platform to AWS

Rackspace has announced it has extended its FedRAMP authorization, which now includes Amazon Web Services within the Rackspace Government Cloud (RGC).

FedRAMP (Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program) provides a standardized approach to security assessment, authorization, and continuous monitoring for cloud products and services. The Rackspace update includes full support for AWS services on RGC, the company’s managed security and compliance platform that provides private, public and hybrid cloud solutions for the government ecosystem.

Rackspace was the first company to provide a Joint Authorization Board (JAB) authorized platform on VMware and now full support for AWS is now included for RGC. Rackspace accelerated the delivery of the new AWS security controls through a partnership with the advisory firm Quzara, an ATO on AWS and a leader in FedRAMP compliance.

The new Rackspace Inheritable Security Controls (RISC) program is a cyber risk management solution that includes Workshop, Gap Assessment and Managed Service for FedRAMP authorization, which are required to sell cloud services to the U.S. federal government.

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RISC is a three-step acceleration program that has been designed to help Rackspace customers quickly and efficiently attain their own FedRAMP authorizations and reduce the cost of doing so. RISC can be used by system integrators (SIs) and independent software vendors (ISVs) to shorten the time it takes to get their FedRAMP Authorization to Operate (ATO).

“RISC powers federal ATOs for application owners in a fraction of the time, with cost savings of up to 70%,” said Rick Rosenberg, vice president and general manager of Rackspace Government Solutions. “With FedRAMP compliance, agencies can utilize a streamlined process when leveraging cloud applications to meet their unique business objectives – now Rackspace customers can do the same when delivering cloud solutions in support of them.”

Author: Steve Alder is the editor-in-chief of HIPAA Journal. Steve is responsible for editorial policy regarding the topics covered on HIPAA Journal. He is a specialist on healthcare industry legal and regulatory affairs, and has several years of experience writing about HIPAA and other related legal topics. Steve has developed a deep understanding of regulatory issues surrounding the use of information technology in the healthcare industry and has written hundreds of articles on HIPAA-related topics.