IIP/CSS is the first DOS organization to achieve an ATO for a cloud computing application
Falls Church, Virginia, November 15, 2013: Sevatec, Inc., a leading provider of management and technology consulting services for the federal government, today announced that its support on the IIP Cloud Program led to the first Department of State (DOS) organization to achieve an Authority to Operate (ATO) for a cloud computing application under the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA).
To obtain ATO status, the IIP Cloud Program had to meet a stringent set of criteria laid out by FISMA. FISMA creates a process for federal agencies to certify and accredit the security of their information management systems. The IIP Cloud Program was granted the ATO on August 5, 2013, after a rigorous assessment of the solution’s security controls.
The DOS IIP Cloud Program is a cloud-based IT platform used for developing and hosting internal web applications, which is built on the largest implementation of Salesforce.com in the federal government. The Content Support Services (CSS) group in the DOS International Information Programs Bureau (IIP) supports multiple independent applications in service of the Content Management System (CMS) project. Managing and supporting these independent systems requires highly responsive teams, 24/7 training efforts and rigorous coordination amongst staff.
“Current budgetary constraints make cost-effective, third party cloud solutions very appealing, but these cost benefits are only worth the investment if they can comply with strict IT security policies,” said Tim Grandison, Director of Technical Solutions at Sevatec. “This ATO represents a critical milestone in Sevatec’s efforts on the IIP CMS project to reduce costs, accelerate efficiency, and optimize results that will strengthen IIP’s ability to support U.S. foreign policy goals and national security interests.”
The IIP Cloud Program will enable DOS to better serve the department and Public Diplomacy (PD) community by providing a secure connection to a single, unified hub that supports information access, content management, customer relationship management, and open collaboration and communication among DOS staff and the PD community.
Sevatec, a high-technology services firm, serves our country by engaging trusted talent and leveraging technology innovation to overcome the federal government’s most pressing challenges. We provide cutting-edge web and mobile technology solutions, rapidly developed custom and COTS software applications, data analytics and business intelligence solutions, and end-to-end infrastructure and security support across the federal government. Complementing these technical skills, our industry experts perform management consulting, human capital, and training services to ensure agencies thrive during technology and organizational changes. Sevatec has achieved multiple industry certifications including CMMI Maturity Level 3 ratings for both Development (DEV) and Services (SVC) and is also an ISO 9001:2008 certified company.
Sevatec was founded in 2003 on the concept of “Seva”, which means “a commitment to serving others”. We attract and retain trusted talent to partner with our government customers and engage in projects that serve to protect and improve the lives of Americans. Our portfolio of clients includes mission-critical technology and consulting initiatives across the federal government including Homeland and Law Enforcement Agencies, Department of Defense, Department of Transportation, Department of State, and multiple Civilian Departments and Agencies.
To learn more about Sevatec, please visit http://sevatec.com.