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BroadSoft Achieves FedRAMP "In Process" Status

August 10, 2017

By Paula Bernier - Executive Editor, TMC

BroadSoft Inc. now has FedRAMP “in process” status. That provides the UC company with an agency sponsor to help it navigate the FedRAMP Security Assessment Framework of this government program.

This doesn’t mean BroadSoft is FedRAMP compliant. Rather, it can be a stepping stone in that direction.

BroadSoft Government Cloud is the name of the solution involved in FedRAMP-related work. It provides customer support, mobile, PBX, team collaboration, and unified communications capabilities.

"We are excited to work with the FedRAMP program to attain ATOs among all federal agencies," says Scott Hoffpauir, chief technology officer at BroadSoft. "This security assessment is one step in our long-term investment in the public sector to drive costs down and empower greater collaboration between agencies. Working with the FedRAMP program will ensure that all agencies will have access to our services without requiring redundant agency security assessments." (ATOs stands for authorizations to operate).

The FedRAMP program, by the way, provides a standardized approach to authorization, continuous monitoring, and security assessment for cloud products and services. The government effort is the result of collaboration between cloud and cybersecurity industry experts from the Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Chief Information Officer, the General Services Administration, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the National Security Agency, the Office of Management and Budget, and private industry.

FedRAMP aims to do the following:

• accelerate the adoption of secure cloud solutions through reuse of assessments and authorizations,
• increase confidence in security of cloud solutions,
• achieve consistent security authorizations using a baseline set of agreed upon standards to be used for cloud product approval in or outside of FedRAMP,
• ensure consistent application of existing security practice,
• increase confidence in security assessments
• increase automation and near real-time data for continuous monitoring.

As CDW noted in a piece published by Forbes in May, “In recent years, agencies across the federal government have embraced cloud computing architectures and solutions to provide services to constituents and reduce the need for large-scale, traditional IT infrastructure investments.”

Edited by Alicia Young


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