AWS accredited to manage classified government data

By Dylan Bushell-Embling
Thursday, 29 March, 2018

AWS accredited to manage classified government data

Amazon Web Services has completed assessment through the Information Security Registered Assessors Program (IRAP), paving the way for the provision of protected-level cloud services for Australian Government agencies.

The IRAP certification will allow Australian agencies and departments to store and run highly sensitive data on the AWS Sydney Region cloud at the protected security classification level.

AWS is now offering 46 protected-level services to government departments through the Sydney Region.

The company is providing documentation for customers to evaluate AWS services, including detailing how the company meets each requirement to securely process data, to allow agencies to run their own risk assessments and self-accredit protected workloads for the AWS cloud.

“At AWS, security is always our highest priority. We welcome the [Digital Transformation Agency]’s Secure Cloud Strategy as a positive step in empowering government agencies and departments to assess risk as part of their IT transformation projects,” commented Andrew Phillips, Australia and New Zealand country manager, worldwide public sector for Amazon Web Services Australia.

“This milestone will enable customers to run secure workloads at the Protected level on AWS Cloud, with the assurance that citizen data is highly secure.”

AWS already has significant experience handling sensitive data for government agencies. The company managed the entire online component of the ABS’s recent marriage equality survey last year.

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