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AWS Unveils ‘Secret’ Cloud Region for Intell Community Clients; Teresa Carlson Comments

Teresa Carlson

Amazon Web Services has launched a new cloud region designed to host datasets and workloads with the “secret” classification status for intelligence community clients.

IC agencies can access the AWS Secret Region through the Commercial Cloud Services contract, the company said Monday.

Teresa Carlson, vice president of AWS’ worldwide public sector, said the AWS Secret Region will work to accelerate the delivery of critical data to decision makers and advance agency collaboration and national security efforts in support of intelligence community’s missions.

“AWS now provides the U.S. Intelligence Community a commercial cloud capability across all classification levels: Unclassified, Sensitive, Secret, and Top Secret,” Carlson added.

The AWS Secret Region is designed to help intelligence agencies meet regulatory requirements and comply with government policies such as the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Special Publication 800-53 Revision 4 and the Director of National Intelligence’s IC Directive 503.

Non-IC government clients with secret-level networks can access the AWS Secret Region through their own contract vehicles.

The Washington Business Journal also reported that the launch of the new cloud region came six years after AWS introduced a cloud-based data center region – GovCloud – for government clients.

Government contractors such as CSRA (NYSE: CSRA), Booz Allen Hamilton (NYSE: BAH) and CACI International (NYSE: CACI) have teamed up with AWS to deliver GovCloud-based service offerings to federal agencies.

AWS recorded $7.8 billion in sales during the first half of 2017 and posted $12 billion in sales in 2016, the report added.

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