Amazon has just launched a cloud service that is for US intelligence agencies such as the CIA.
Dubbed AWS Secret Region, the cloud service is intended for the U.S. intelligent community. U.S. government agencies that also have sufficient secret-level access and contracts wll be able to use the new service.
“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,” Amazon announced in a blog post.
According to the e-commerce giant, “the new region is available to customers as a result of AWS’ contract with the intelligence community’s Commercial Cloud Services, or C2S, group, and it will meet certain government standards.”
Amazon has said that other U.S. government organizations that are not part of the intelligence community are also eligible for access as long as they have their own “contract vehicles” as well as sufficient secret-level network access.
CIA’s chief information officer, John Edwards has said, “The AWS Secret Region is a key component of the Intel Community’s multi-fabric cloud strategy. It will have the same material impact on the IC at the Secret level that C2S has had at Top Secret.”
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