7 vendors get FedRAMP thumbs up via Connect program

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Seven vendors have received prioritization to work with the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program, or FedRAMP, to pursue cloud authorizations as part of its Connect process.

The FedRAMP program office held its first FedRAMP Connect meeting Feb. 27 with 14 cloud service providers pitching their business cases to the 13 agency CIOs and Joint Authorization Board members gathered, according to a new blog post.

After a full evaluation, the CIOs and JAB chose the following seven providers for its inaugural class, based on “their governmentwide demand, applicability for cross-agency use, and the security of their system” to pursue a provisional authority to operate:

  • Accenture Federal Services – Accenture Insights Platform
  • Apptio – Apptio, Inc.
  • Box – Box Enterprise Cloud Content Collaboration Platform (high impact)
  • Google – Google Cloud Platform (GCP)
  • Axon – Axon Evidence.com
  • XTEC – AuthentX Cloud Service Offering (AuthentX CSO) (high impact)
  • SAP National Security Services (NS2) – SuccessFactors Suite for Federal

The Connect selection process is not a guarantee the providers will receive authorization but more of an acknowledgement that their services are in demand from agency customers, thus prioritizing them to work with the JAB for authorization. The program office explains the prioritization process in greater depth here.

“We’re incredibly excited to work with these vendors and kickoff over the coming weeks and months,” the FedRAMP blog post says.

Additionally, the program office will continue the FedRAMP Connect meeting on a biannual basis after “a successful initial run.”

“We’ve learned a number of lessons from this first round of work with CSPs and we want to thank everyone for their involvement and partnership,” the post says.

FedRAMP Director Matt Goodrich introduced FedRAMP Connect in November 2016 as a way to better engage industry vendors and their customers inside government, and prioritize authorizations based on business-case demand.

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