Bernard Mazer (Staff)
Not enough companies are being certified to provide cloud services for federal agencies, a federal chief information officer said Monday.
“At the current rate we are moving activities into the cloud, we are going to need more authorized service providers,” said the Interior Department’s CIO, Bernie Mazer.
Commercial cloud service providers are able to serve federal agencies only after they are certified as meeting tough federal security standards by an interagency program called the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP). The certifications are performed by an independent, third-party review.
The Interior Department aims to move data and applications from more than 400 data centers to the cloud to increase efficiency and close hundreds of data centers. The move is projected to save Interior $100 million a year from 2016 to 2020.
But the department needs more vendors to choose from to ensure it gets the best services and security, Mazer said.
So far, only seven companies have been certified by FedRAMP to provide some cloud services to federal agencies: Akamai, AT&T, Autonomic Resources LLC, CGI Federal, Hewlett-Packard, Lockheed Martin and Microsoft.