On August 13 IBM announced that it had achieved the very first Provisional Authorization to Operate (P-ATO) for its cloud-based MaaS360 platform from Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) Joint Authorization Board (JAB). This marks the very first Enterprise Mobility Management solution to be granted this authorization.
Matt Goodrich, FedRAMP Director said, “Having met all the stringent security requirements of the FedRAMP Joint Authorization Board, comprised of the CIOs of the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security and the General Services Administration, MaaS360 from IBM is now a FedRAMP compliant cloud service able to be authorized for use across all federal agencies.”
MaaS360 is used to monitor and control smartphones, tablets and PCs instantly. It also integrates the IBM Security Access Manager for Identity Management and IBM Trusteer for Threat Management to add advanced security which is beneficial to government agencies, financial services and other industries. The General Services Administration, the Department of Commerce and the Department of the Interior currently use MaaS360 along with various other federal organizations to securely enable their mobile technology. With the authorization of MaaS360 granted by the U.S. Government this cloud based service can now be used across all agencies.
Anne Altman, General Manager, IBM Federal said, “Federal agencies are demanding secure mobility solutions to support their desire to transform business processes and improve services to citizens, the military and government workers. The FedRAMP authorization recognizes IBM’s commitment to delivering the best mobile management and security experiences to help our clients usher in a more mobile-centric era through the cloud.”
The FedRAMP framework is used to standardize approaches to security assessment, authorization and continuous monitoring. FedRAMP currently employs two other IBM cloud services in addition to the newly added MaaS360 which include; SoftLayer Federal cloud as well as SmartCloud for Government.