Huddle earns FedRAMP ATO from USAID
Huddle announced that its government and enterprise cloud service has been granted FedRAMP Authority to Operate by the U.S. Agency for International Development.
Using a software-as-a-service (SaaS) model in a public cloud, Huddle combines enterprise content management and social software in a secure platform where team members can share files, manage projects and work together, improving efficiency and productivity, the company said.
The first collaboration platform to receive an ATO by the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program, Huddle uses cloud, mobility and social networking to allow teams of people to move out of e-mail as their primary venue for collaboration.
"Rapid adoption of 'consumer' apps for personal productivity will continue,” said Vanessa Thompson, research director for enterprise social networks and collaborative technologies at IDC. "FedRAMP ATO for Huddle means more federal agencies are able to meet dynamic user needs while at the same time delivering against process and security control requirements."
While Huddle received this ATO, other collaboration platform providers are still awaiting final approval. Box, which recently hired the General Services Administration’s former CIO Sonny Hashmi, is working with DISA to obtain its FedRAMP certification. And Microsoft is working with the Department of Health and Human Services for SharePoint’s government-only hybrid-cloud authorization.
“For all cloud service providers, it’s critical to demonstrate adherence to FedRAMP’s set of baseline security controls and consistent processes to provide services to the Federal government,” said Matt Goodrich, FedRAMP director at GSA. “Gaining a FedRAMP authorization through USAID demonstrates that Huddle’s cloud collaboration service meets the rigorous requirements of FedRAMP.”
“Security is of the upmost importance to government organizations and it’s an honor that our cloud collaboration service has met FedRAMP’s rigorous standards,” said Morten Brøgger, CEO, Huddle. “Either replacing or extending legacy platforms such as SharePoint, Huddle enables teams across federal agencies – not connected by a common infrastructure – to securely share and collaborate on content.”
The UK-based company’s government customers include 80 percent of central UK government departments, NASA, the Office of the Secretary of Defense and the National Institutes for Health.
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