Secret Region service strengthens AWS, government sector relationship

Secret Region service strengthens AWS, government sector relationship

Secret Region service strengthens AWS, government sector relationship

While targeted toward the IC, and available through the IC's Commercial Cloud Services (C2S) contract with AWS, non-IC customers can also utilize the region as long as they have the proper security clearance, the post said.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has launched its new Secret Region for handling cloud workloads associated with the USA government's Secret data classification.

AWS claimed the launch is significant as it means US government users can turn to one cloud for most of their needs, rather than having to shop for multiple clouds for data with different sensitivities.

Besides AWS Secret Region, Amazon also operates Amazon GovCloud, a cloud service for working with U.S. government data.

The AWS Secret Region is a new walled-off segment created specifically for the CIA and other members of the USA intelligence community. The Secret Region is being made available to the U.S. Intelligence Community by way of the existing Commercial Cloud Services (C2S) contract with AWS. "The US Intelligence Community can now execute their missions with a common set of tools, a constant flow of the latest technology and the flexibility to rapidly scale with the mission".

It's also available to non-IC US government customers who have Secret-level network access and their own contracts to use the region. Its capabilities ensured better agency collaboration, helped in swiftly acquiring critical information, and enhanced national security. "If you've need to run workloads that require higher security than AWS" regular services then this is for you. AWS supports more classification levels, laws, regulations, and security frameworks than any other cloud provider.

Secret Region should not be conflated with GovCloud, a data-center region for public-sector customers that AWS introduced about six years ago.

"The AWS Secret Region is a key component of the Intel Community's multi-fabric cloud strategy. It will have the same material impact on the IC at the Secret level that C2S has had at Top Secret", John Edwards, CIO of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), said in the post.

The new AWS Secret Region is an evolution from previous closed-circuit cloud server infrastructures.

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