Increased Security with FedRAMP and Socrata for Federal Government

June 7, 2017 7:00 am PST | Open Data

At Socrata, we create solutions that allow government organizations to put their data online, make better, data-driven decisions, operate more efficiently, and share insights with citizens. Today we are pleased to announce a landmark achievement in that mission: Socrata has achieved FedRAMP certification, which allows us to host more high-security federal data.

 

What Is FedRAMP?

According to fedramp.gov, FedRAMP (the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program) is a government-wide program that provides a standardized approach to security assessment, authorization, and continuous monitoring for cloud products and services.

The FedRAMP authorization for Socrata is sponsored by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Tony Summerlin, Senior Advisor to the FCC, highlights the importance of the FedRAMP certification. “By meeting the FedRAMP certification requirements, agencies can adopt and use Socrata to share data inside their agencies or with the public,” he says. “The ability to use secure, effective cloud technology quickly is key to moving federal agencies to the cloud. Socrata demonstrated the discipline to deliver securely and as a cloud-native company they understood how to do it quickly.”

The FCC uses Socrata to gain insights from the data that surfaces from multiple SaaS and custom built platforms. With Socrata, the FCC hosts consumer complaint, broadband survey, licenHow FedRAMP Workssing data to the public, and dashboards for internal tracking. Now, with FedRAMP, they will be able to broaden their programs to include data that is commonly classified as too sensitive for other vendors, including PII or ePHI. This broadens the potential uses for the Socrata platform, in all levels of government, to help to tackle some of the hardest problems stakeholders struggle with, including criminal justice integration, healthcare analytics, and other vital but sensitive workloads.

 

Socrata for Federal Government

As part of this milestone, we are pleased to announce the launch of a new offering: Socrata for Federal Government. Specifically designed for data-intensive federal programs, the new FedRAMP-accredited data platform provides agencies with an environment to securely collect, manage, analyze, and disseminate data, internally and externally, to support the design and delivery of mission-critical programs.

“Socrata has always believed that in order for government programs to succeed in the digital age, we need to make it our mission to dramatically improve the flow of data and empower those who are most able to affect outcomes to use the data as easily as they can send an email.” —Kevin Merritt, Founder and CEO of Socrata

Kevin Merritt, Socrata Founder and CEO, looks forward to the new innovations this milestone will bring. “Socrata has always believed that in order for government programs to succeed in the digital age, we need to make it our mission to dramatically improve the flow of data and empower those who are most able to affect outcomes to use the data as easily as they can send an email. This new milestone brings new levels of security and peace of mind to our customers who love Socrata for the speed, versatility, and cost advantages that it gives them to stand up and sustainably grow effective data programs.”

 

Better Communication and Collaboration 

Many federal agencies are saddled with clunky, legacy data infrastructure. Because of this, their ability to harness data to operate more efficiently and make data-driven decisions is restricted. Now, with improvements in managing the flow of data and information, federal agencies will be better able to communicate and collaborate. This development both increases the return on investment in vital data and the return on mission for critical government programs in areas as diverse as access to healthcare, science and technology research, law enforcement response, and smart city infrastructure.

 

Socrata’s Commitment to Security 

At Socrata, we are invested in information security and privacy programs to meet the strictest availability, confidentiality, and integrity requirements. The FedRAMP certification adds new levels of security and peace of mind for our customers. With a dedicated team of security analysts continually monitoring for vulnerabilities and attacks, all customers, including state and local governments, benefit from these increased security measures.