Kindle Maker Amazon opens GovCloud for fed data only

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Officially, it's the AWS GovCloud (US), a new service from Amazon Web Services organized just for the federal government. The feds are hot for cloud services, but they also demand a long list of acronym-filled certifications like FISMA, SAS-70, ISO 27001 and more, including "an environment that enables agencies to comply with HIPAA regulations" according to their new release. All data will be stored in US data centers, and can only be accessed by clients in the US.

Since backing up data to an offsite cloud provider has become the first step in many company's Disaster Recovery plans, backup possibilities seem to attract the most attention. Of course, data sent offsite to a third party storage provider should be encrypted every step of the way and managed by the feds, not the cloud vendor, but what should happen in government and what does happen converge mightily lately (see, well, everything, this year and next during the election grind).

Some are thrilled with the potential cost savings while others are horrified at the potential security issues. Commenters, start your ranting!

Crazy squared

Now hackers know exactly where to target US government servers.

Fadhli Rahim on


mescobal on

I'm sorry, but come on. This could turn bad so quickly.

fishkid13 on

Pretty smart

Better to use amazons experience in the field than for the incompetent federal government to try to do it themselves.

b_t on

I don't think hackers ever bother with these FISMA's, FIPS-es and SAS-es. There are easier ways to take advantage of system that are perceived to be secure.

Gleb Esman on

I think your article fails to explicitly point out that huge segments of government data lack backup and are local. In my experience, the first target of the random budget cut is the entire backup system.

tkejiboom on

Seems odd to me

Now, who here ever thought of Amazon as a defense contractor? I know I didn't, and honestly, it seems a little distasteful.

Anonymous Coward on

stop hyperventilating people,  its not like classified info could go on this. govt has lots and lots of boring unclassified data and systems that would benefit

Evan55 on

yes because we want to turst our data to a company that derives most of its revenue by selling shoes and ketchenware online. what's next, walmart and kmart get into cloud services. please. what a joke.

neonspark on

Which do you trust more to keep your data safe: the federal government, or Amazon Web Services?

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