recommended reading

Pentagon Gives FedRAMP-Certified Cloud Provider a Green Light for Handling Military Data

Maksim Kabakou/

The Defense Department has selected Autonomic Resources, a cloud provider labeled safe for governmentwide use, to handle military information, marking the department’s first foray into what was expected to be primarily a civilian accreditation program.  

The General Services Administration in December 2012 deemed the small North Carolina firm's networks safe to service any agency -- an unprecedented move, and has since endorsed nine more organizations, including, most recently, IBM. The initiative, the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program, or FedRAMP, is intended to save time and money for agencies moving data to shared server farms by eliminating the security testing step. A single agency or a GSA-led interagency board checks a company's infrastructure against a standard set of security controls, and then any agency can read the evaluation. 

The Pentagon has never used one of these generic approvals. Neither have many civilian agencies. 

Agencies uncomfortable with what they find in the FedRAMP documentation can ask a vendor to undergo more evaluations.

It seems the Defense Information Systems Agency did just that, based on comments from Autonomic Resources officials.

The "offering was assessed using the DISA-developed DoD cloud security model, which was performed for an additional twenty-three controls and control enhancements from [the National Institute of Standards and Technology] above and beyond the FedRAMP moderate baseline," company officials said in a statement. 

In June, Kevin Dulany, chief of risk management oversight for the Pentagon's office of the chief information officer, explained Defense's high yardstick.

"I’m going to use your security artifacts and that body of evidence for me to make my own risk decision" and "my process is going to be about a two week process of verification and I’m going to make my own decision," he said.

Autonomic Resource's so-called infrastructure-as-a-service product "is yet again first in security authorizations that are meaningful to our government cloud customer," John Keese, company president and chief executive officer, said in a statement. Reusing an evaluation by the GSA board, which included input from the Defense and the Homeland Security departments, "assisted DoD in rapid approval, something that would have been much more difficult with a single agency [FedRAMP test]." 

(Image via Maksim Kabakou/

Threatwatch Alert

Thousands of cyber attacks occur each day

See the latest threats


Close [ x ] More from Nextgov

Thank you for subscribing to newsletters from
We think these reports might interest you:

  • Modernizing IT for Mission Success

    Surveying Federal and Defense Leaders on Priorities and Challenges at the Tactical Edge

  • Communicating Innovation in Federal Government

    Federal Government spending on ‘obsolete technology’ continues to increase. Supporting the twin pillars of improved digital service delivery for citizens on the one hand, and the increasingly optimized and flexible working practices for federal employees on the other, are neither easy nor inexpensive tasks. This whitepaper explores how federal agencies can leverage the value of existing agency technology assets while offering IT leaders the ability to implement the kind of employee productivity, citizen service improvements and security demanded by federal oversight.

  • Effective Ransomware Response

    This whitepaper provides an overview and understanding of ransomware and how to successfully combat it.

  • Forecasting Cloud's Future

    Conversations with Federal, State, and Local Technology Leaders on Cloud-Driven Digital Transformation

  • IT Transformation Trends: Flash Storage as a Strategic IT Asset

    MIT Technology Review: Flash Storage As a Strategic IT Asset For the first time in decades, IT leaders now consider all-flash storage as a strategic IT asset. IT has become a new operating model that enables self-service with high performance, density and resiliency. It also offers the self-service agility of the public cloud combined with the security, performance, and cost-effectiveness of a private cloud. Download this MIT Technology Review paper to learn more about how all-flash storage is transforming the data center.


When you download a report, your information may be shared with the underwriters of that document.