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FedRAMP Selects Zscaler to Pursue Joint Authorization Board

The Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program selected Zscaler to pursue Joint Authorization Board (JAB) FedRAMP certification at the High Impact Level through FedRAMP’s Connect program, Zscaler announced on Thursday.

On August 14th, ExecutiveBiz reported that Zscaler became the first cloud service provider to receive authorization from FedRAMP for its Zero Trust remote access platform. Zscaler Private Access (ZPA)-government delivers a certified and secure access to the company’s applications on any device. With the milestone, the company can market and sell the service to government agencies needing access to sensitive applications and data. Byron Caswell, senior advisor for the FCC’s Information Technology organization, finds Zscaler to be a valuable partner.

“Our decision to sponsor ZPA-Government for a FedRAMP Moderate Authorization is evidence of the Commission’s belief that the cloud offers a more secure, efficient, and cost-effective way to secure core Federal missions. With ZPA-Government we’re able to connect trusted users to trusted internal applications over a Zero Trust platform, eliminating issues associated with traditional Trusted Internet Connections (TIC)-based VPN solutions that require significant maintenance and excessive backhauling.”

Zscaler announced in October inline Exact Data Match with native SSL inspection as part of its Cloud Data Loss Prevention. Inline inspection and enforcement are important in protecting the platform against the loss of sensitive information without affecting the experience of its users. Customers can fingerprint and match a billion cells of data at any time.

With the scalability of Zscaler’s cloud and a potential FedRAMP’s certification at the high impact level, Manoj Apte, Chief Strategy Officer, plans for the platform to be at the front of innovation for cloud-based security to help expand Zscaler’s growth within the federal market.

“We are committed to meeting the most stringent Department of Defense (DOD) and intelligence community security requirements and certified to deliver services through DOD cloud programs such as JEDI,” said Apte. “We are paving the way for agencies to be able to use Zscaler’s cloud-based security solutions for Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) Impact levels IL4, IL5 and IL6.”

The FedRAMP Connect program comprises the FedRAMP Project Management Office, the Office of Management & Budget and Federal CIOs. The program reviews business cases and choose cloud service providers for the JAB certification based on government-wide demand, applicability for cross-agency use and the security of the solution.

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