DULLES, VA: Carpathia, a Quality Technology Service (QTS) company and provider of hybrid cloud and managed hosting services announces that the Defense Information Systems (DISA) is granting a Department of Defense (DoD) Provisional Authorization (PA) to the company enabling it to host DoD mission data till Impact Level 2 (IL2) in a cloud environment.
A DoD PA is the foundation for the authorization process when using a Cloud Service Offering. Carpathia will provide VMware’s vCloud Government Service which is a Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) compliant hybrid cloud service built on the VMware vSphere platform to serve the DoD workloads.
FedRAMP is a government-wide program that provides a standardized approach to security assessment, authorization, and continuous monitoring for cloud products and services. Mission Owning Authorization Officials can take advantage of the PA by combining the information with their assessment of the additional controls needed for their specific mission system or application and determine overall mission risk as part of issuing an Authority to Operate (ATO).
Impact Level 2 is for Non-Controlled Unclassified Information. There are four impact levels namely 2, 4, 5 and 6. The information requires some minimal level of access control. Impact Level 2 includes all data cleared for public release and some DoD private unclassified information that is not designated as Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) or critical mission data.
“Carpathia will now host DoD workloads at IL2 on vCloud Government Service allowing the DoD to realize the benefits of using cloud solutions while addressing compliance in a consistent manner by leveraging a DoD approved common security and risk management baseline”, says Tim Burke, Federal Cloud Product Manager, Carpathia.