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Amazon launches cloud storage service for USA spy agencies

Amazon launches cloud storage service for USA spy agencies

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

Amazon Web Services Inc. today debuted a new cloud service for USA intelligence agencies that allows them to run computing jobs requiring the "secret" classification many of them require.

"Today we mark an important milestone as we launch the AWS Secret Region", said Teresa Carlson, VP for Amazon Web Services Worldwide Public Sector. Under the agreement, AWS agreed to provide cloud computing services to the CIA and other US intelligence agencies over a 10-year time period.

The AWS Secret Region is created 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.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has grown to be the leading player in on-demand cloud computing across the internet, and provides a sizable stream of revenue for the retail giant.

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"With the launch of this new Secret Region, AWS becomes the first and only commercial cloud provider to offer regions to serve government workloads across the full range of data classifications, including Unclassified, Sensitive, Secret, and Top Secret".

'The U.S. 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'.

'Ultimately, this capability allows more agency collaboration, helps get critical information to decision makers faster, and enables an increase in our Nation's Security'. This new Secret Region is available to all government agencies and stands separate from the earlier work AWS did with the CIA and others, as well as the existing Amazon GovCloud.

"The AWS Secret Region is a key component of the Intel Community's multi-fabric cloud strategy", said CIA CIO John Edwards said.

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


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