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AWS Public Sector Partners Forum: 7 Top Announcements

‘We are growing fast,’ says Sandy Carter, Amazon Web Services’ vice president of global public sector partners and programs. ‘There’s a lot of energy and a lot of momentum around the public sector partner community for AWS.’

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AWS Advanced Consulting Partner stackArmour and AWS technology partners Splunk and Telos collaborated under the AWS Authority to Operate (ATO) Program on the new FASTTR (Faster ATO with Splunk, Telos and ThreatAlert for Regulated Markets) cybersecurity initiative.

FASTTR is designed to help independent software providers and regulated defense contractors comply with state and local government security regulations, including FedRAMP, the Federal Information Security Modernization Act (FISMA), Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) and soon, StateRAMP. It reduces the time and cost of ATO projects by ensuring that data stays within an accreditation boundary, according to the companies.

FASTTR combines three cybersecurity solutions. It enhances stackArmor’s ThreatAlert with Telos’ Xacta solution for security compliance documentation and Splunk for security information and event management.

The Tysons, Va.-based stackArmor’s ThreatAlert ATO Accelerator provides a dedicated AWS Landing Zone with National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)-compliant security services and a complete ATO documentation package generated using Telos’ Xacta, a cyber risk management and compliance automation solution with AWS control inheritance and Open Security Controls Assessment Language (OSCAL) data exchange capabilities. ThreatAlert also integrates Splunk’s security information and event management capabilities to ensure the confidentiality, integrity and availability of sensitive data and meet continuous monitoring and auditability requirements.

The three-partner initiative will help customers meet compliance frameworks with new cybersecurity requirements that include threat hunting, enhanced logging, controls automation and inheritance, and streamline the governance process with machine-readable artifacts using the NIST OSCAL, according to the companies.

“Reducing the time and cost of FedRAMP, FISMA and CMMC ATOs is a strategic requirement for enterprises in highly regulated markets such as government, public sector, defense, space and healthcare amongst others, especially given the sharp rise in cybersecurity threats,” stackArmor founder and CEO Gaurav “GP” Pal said in a statement. “The FASTTR initiative provides a proven end-to-end solution that makes it easy for enterprises to obtain and manage ATOs.”

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