Cloud security leader Zscaler has achieved FedRAMP authorization for its ‘Secure Internet’ and ‘Web Gateway’ services. Zscaler, which has headquarters in San Jose, California, United States, was established in 2008. The company enables its customers to “securely transform their networks and applications for a mobile and cloud first world”, protecting them from cyberattacks and data loss. It offers two key services - ‘Zscaler Internet Access’ and ‘Zscaler Private Access’ - both of which enable fast and safe connections between applications and their users. Its services are “100% cloud-delivered” and utilized in more than 185 countries. The company’s ‘Zscaler Internet Access-Government (ZIA-Government) has “received Authorization to Operate (ATO) at the Moderate Impact level under the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP)”.
FedRAMP is a US government-wide program that “simplifies security for the digital age” by standardizing approaches to cloud security. The scheme “facilitates the shift from insecure, tethered, tedious IT to secure, mobile, nimble, and quick IT”, allowing US government agencies to save cost and time when adopting cloud services that meet their requirements. FedRAMP provides Third Party Assessment Organizations (3PAOs) that perform assessments of cloud providers to determine whether they should be permitted to offer cloud services to Federal agencies. Such agencies can now utilize Zscaler’s ZIA-Government solution safe in the knowledge they can adhere to the recently released Trusted Internet Connection (TIC) 3.0 program and securely connect externally managed applications and users.
“Our ZIA-Government’s FedRAMP certification is a unique milestone, and the first step in bridging the importance of FedRAMP with the IT Modernization and TIC, as agencies move to a ‘TIC-in-the-Cloud’ model,” Vice President of Global Government and Compliance at Zscaler, Stephen Kovac. “We are enabling federal agencies to move more securely to the cloud while providing their users with secure, fast, and reliable access to any application from any device or location, which supports the administration’s Cloud Smart initiative and the newly released TIC 3.0 draft policy.”