Seeking FedRAMPSM Authorization for Cloud?
Start Smart with Cisco WebEx Web Conferencing: A FedRAMP-Authorized Service for Long-Term Success
Cloud computing is quickly changing almost every aspect of our lives. But for government agencies, it is often a struggle to keep up with the rapid pace of technology changes. The Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) is helping agencies chart their way, but they still need help. Fortunately, FedRAMP has arrived and is providing an efficient and affordable way to build long-term success in the cloud: Cisco® WebEx Web Conferencing, A FedRAMP-Authorized Service.
Why Is FedRAMP Authorized Cloud Needed?
FedRAMP provides agencies a standardized approach to security assessment, authorization, and continuous monitoring for their cloud products and services. This is saving government agencies significant costs by eliminating duplication of efforts, reducing risk management, and tightening cybersecurity. FedRAMP helps agencies save time and money by speeding up procurement for cloud services and opening the door for new and innovative approaches that streamline solution integration and improve performance. We see FedRAMP as critical to ensuring the success of government agencies.
Because of FedRAMP’s importance, Cisco will be pursuing FedRAMP compliance for our entire cloud portfolio. By offering a robust stack of collaboration services, we are helping agencies lower risk while enjoying unparalleled reliability and security in operations and applications anywhere, anytime, on any authorized device. As a proven and trusted provider of cloud services, Cisco is committed to providing government customers with the commercially available collaboration services they know and trust via a secure, authorized process.
Is There an Easy Way to Transition?
Cisco WebEx Web Conferencing is a great place to start your transition to cloud. It provides government agencies a web conferencing platform that is already FedRAMP-Authorized. Cisco WebEx Web Conferencing empowers your team with full mobility and all the benefits that go with it, enabling government employees to save time and gas by working from home or creating new opportunities for collaboration across departments or agencies. “As a FedRAMP-Authorized Service, Cisco WebEx Web Conferencing can serve as a great jumping off point, or foundation, for other cloud technologies,” says Anwar Mallory, Cloud Collaboration Specialist at Cisco.
“Cisco WebEx Web Conferencing can easily integrate with calendars and other cloud technologies and is a familiar place for less tech-savvy people to start” according to Mallory. It enables meetings-on-the-go via mobile devices like smartphones and tablets. Plus, it can empower government employees to engage the latest in innovative teaching and training solutions anywhere at anytime, saving agencies travel and lodging related costs.
Leveraging a Holistic Approach to Cloud
There are many options for cloud, but implementing a Cisco WebEx Web Conferencing service allows your agency to enjoy the entire portfolio of Cisco cloud related offerings as they become FedRAMP-Authorized. As the leading web conferencing service, Cisco WebEx is designed to be leveraged as technology advances and can be critical to your organization’s future success. “Cisco WebEx Web Conferencing lets agencies take a more holistic approach to cloud since it can serve as a platform for future growth, yet is built to meet FedRAMP requirements and the daily demands of government,” according to Mallory. “Since it is already future-proofed, it will be capable of working with new and emerging solutions that will directly benefit government agencies in the years ahead.”
As a FedRAMP-Authorized Service, Cisco WebEx Web Conferencing also lets your agency leverage the proven experience of Cisco in other areas like cybersecurity, cost efficiencies, ease of implementation, productivity tools, improved user experience, and ongoing support.
Through our partner-led model, Cisco partners are always there to help your agency better understand and successfully navigate the federal cloud mandate and associated processes. They also prepare you for future cloud enhancements, helping make your integration of new cloud solutions into existing infrastructure as painless as possible.
Building upon a Proven Technology
Using Cisco WebEx Web Conferencing as a jumping off point for future FedRAMPAuthorized cloud solutions means you are using a proven technology that is reliable and secure. “We have lots of users in the scientific community,” stated Mallory, “and this is where Cisco WebEx Web Conferencing has shown its real potential – driving inter-agency collaboration to create innovations that benefit government, the public, and even drive future growth.” Cisco WebEx Web Conferencing, a FedRAMP-Authorized Service, has already been successful in helping government agencies achieve their cloud mandates. This includes Cisco WebEx Web Conferencing use by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the lead sponsoring agency during the solution’s FedRAMP
As your government agency begins the process of implementing a FedRAMP-Authorized Service for cloud, we suggest taking the following steps. Doing so can help your journey go more smoothly and improves the success of your team’s efforts.
Also, take time to learn more about the FedRAMP Certification process at http://www.fedramp.gov/ to better understand how it impacts your agency. For more information about how FedRAMP-Authorized Services from Cisco can help your agency achieve success, please visit: www.cisco.com/go/fedramp.