Unisys Corporation announced April 6 that the company’s Service Management Government Cloud offering will be included in a pilot program led by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) to speed up reviews for compliance to U.S. government standards for quality and security of cloud-based products and services.
“We look forward to working with Unisys to help expedite the FedRAMP approval process for them as well as other vendors,” GSA FedRAMP director Matt Goodrich said. “Ultimately, this will mean greater availability of high-quality and more secure cloud services for government agencies.”
“We are pleased to have been selected by the government to participate in the FedRAMP Accelerated pilot program,” Unisys Federal Vice President of End User Services Jim Leake said. “Completion of this process will allow our clients like the U.S. Armyto leverage a compelling commercial capability that conforms to high standards for security and quality.”
Unisys was selected by the GSA as one of three cloud service providers to participate in the pilot for the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) Accelerated process. The FedRAMP Accelerated process aims to reduce authorization timeframes from the current range of six to 18 months down to less than six.
Unisys’ Service Management Government Cloud offering has passed through an initial FedRAMP security assessment and is now undergoing more detailed reviews. Unisys expects that process to be completed more quickly as a result of its acceptance into the FedRAMP Accelerated pilot program with completion expected in July 2016.
FedRAMP provides a standardized approach to security assessment, authorization and continuous monitoring for cloud products and services. The program is the result of collaboration between GSA, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Defense, the National Security Agency, the Office of Management and Budget, and the Federal Chief Information Officer Council and its working groups.
Delivered via a true as-a-service model, the Unisys Service Management Government Cloud offering allows clients to access their own instances of BMC Remedy or ServiceNow, coupled with the situational awareness and user accessibility capabilities of the Unisys VantagePoint™ service orchestration solution. It provides government agencies with unique capabilities to optimize their IT infrastructures and improve services to end users.