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Amazon Brings Secure Cloud Services ‘GovCloud’ to Government

Amazon Web Services has rolled out cloud computing platform designed specifically for US government agencies.

The AWS GovCloud Region has been designed to allow agencies to fulfil the regulatory requirements of the US government while accessing a secure and flexible cloud computing environment.

According to the company, the service is capable of storing and processing data and applications while complying with the US International Traffic in Arms (ITAR), which is responsible for regulating how sensitive data is handled by agencies.

AWS also revealed that the service also provides FISMA Moderate controls and also supports other controls and certification like PCI DSS Level 1, ISO 27001, and SAS 70.

“Because AWS GovCloud is physically and logically accessible by U.S. persons only (the actual instances reside within an AWS virtual private cloud), government agencies can now manage more heavily regulated data in AWS while remaining compliant with strict federal requirements,” Amazon said in a statement.

“AWS also provides an environment that enables agencies to comply with HIPAA regulations,” it added.

More than 100 federal, state and local governments are already using Amazon’s cloud computing service including NASA and the Recovery and Accountability Transparency Board.