DOD goes beyond FedRAMP for cloud security

DOD goes beyond FedRAMP for cloud security

The Defense Department released the first version of its Cloud Computing Security Requirements Guide, or SRG, an update of security measures defense agencies should follow in using cloud solutions across DOD.

The unclassified guide follows up on a Dec. 15 memo from the DOD CIO's office that defines agencies' responsibilities when they acquire commercial cloud services and updates guidelines for using commercial cloud products previously published by the Defense Information Systems Agency.

The SRG states that because of its warfighting mission, DOD has unique information protection requirements that extend beyond the capabilities assessed via Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP). The new document outlines those security controls and additional requirements necessary for using cloud-based solutions within DOD.

The Cloud Computing SRG serves several purposes, including:

  • Providing security requirements and guidance for non-DOD cloud providers that want to have their services included in the DOD's catalog of cloud services.
  • Establishing a basis that DOD will use to assess the security posture of a non-DOD provider's cloud services.
  • Defining the policies, requirements and architectures for using commercial cloud services within DOD.

"Cloud computing enables the department to consolidate infrastructure, leverage commodity IT functions and eliminate functional redundancies while improving continuity of operations,” according to the SRG. “The overall success of these initiatives depends upon well-executed security requirements, defined and understood by both DOD components and industry.”

About the Author

Mark Rockwell is a senior staff writer at FCW, whose beat focuses on acquisition, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Energy.

Before joining FCW, Rockwell was Washington correspondent for Government Security News, where he covered all aspects of homeland security from IT to detection dogs and border security. Over the last 25 years in Washington as a reporter, editor and correspondent, he has covered an increasingly wide array of high-tech issues for publications like Communications Week, Internet Week, Fiber Optics News, tele.com magazine and Wireless Week.

Rockwell received a Jesse H. Neal Award for his work covering telecommunications issues, and is a graduate of James Madison University.

Click here for previous articles by Rockwell. Contact him at mrockwell@fcw.com or follow him on Twitter at @MRockwell4.


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