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ArcGIS Online gets FedRAMP approval

Esri's ArcGIS Online service is the latest to receive a low-impact authorization under the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program.  ArcGIS is widely used throughout the federal government, and Esri officials said the FedRAMP authorization -- which came via the Department of Interior -- would encourage easier data sharing, more readily available tools and better communication of geographic information among agency stakeholders. This SaaS version of ArcGIS can run on both Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services Cloud platforms.

Esri Managed Cloud Services (EMCS) has had FedRAMP moderate authorization since 2015, allowing customers to run the ArcGIS enterprise platform in a secure cloud environment.  And the ArcGIS Online service was given a Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) Low Authority to Operate in 2014.  The company noted that FedRAMP authorization for ArcGIS Online "provides even more security improvements, including ensuring all new organizational customer datasets are encrypted at rest and in transport by default."

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