The FedRAMP authorization board has granted Google Cloud Platform and Google’s underlying common infrastructure a provisional authority to operate (P-ATO) at the moderate impact level, enabling federal agencies to take advantage of the available services from multiple Google Cloud regions.
Along with the authorization, Google announced new security features for its cloud, including VPC Service Controls that keep sensitive data private by giving admins more precise control over who can access Google Cloud resources; a Cloud Security Command Center to help users track and act on security intelligence; and Access Transparency to give users insights into actions taken by Google engineers and support.
“Businesses’ path to cloud adoption relies heavily on trust; CEOs and CIOs need to feel comfortable that they are gaining significant benefit from the cloud without giving up control,” said Doug Cahill, senior analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group, in a Google blog post on the announcement.
“With these announcements, Google Cloud is continuing to provide more control and insight to customers — and commendable visibility into administrative activity within their cloud environments through Access Transparency — while offering them the peace of mind that many of the fundamental aspects of security are taken care of and constantly evolving along with the threat landscape.”
Google also announced partnerships with 11 security providers to compliment the Google Cloud platform, including:
- Check Point
- Palo Alto Networks
- Sumo Logic
Jessie Bur covered the federal workforce and the changes most likely to impact government employees for Federal Times.