Paths for Agencies to Maximize FedRAMP Cloud Benefits

Hunter Downey |  September 2021

It is fair to say that in any discussion where FedRAMP is a topic, thoughts of compliance and security policies come to the forefront. Realizing FedRAMP’s true utility—creating pathways for government agencies to benefit from the same cloud-based innovations that are transforming their private sector counterparts—is where we glean opportunity. So, how do we get government agencies there, and what does this mean for the future?

This summer, I had the pleasure of representing NS2 on a panel with other industry leaders at the GovForward Policy Headliner Summit featured above. My peers and I spoke about the future of the government cloud marketplace. With the new Cybersecurity Executive Order placing a renewed spotlight on security as a priority, it is sometimes easy to let those concerns dominate the conversation when it comes to government agencies and enterprise cloud solutions. The panel discussion shed light on how those security concerns continue to be prioritized and how NS2 and our colleagues are succeeding in helping government innovate and stay relevant in an increasingly complex multi-faceted environment.

Gain Unprecedented Visibility and Efficiencies

NS2 looks at the current moment as a pivot point. We want to ensure our customers receive value out of their investment with their enterprise-scale cloud solutions. This can mean something as beneficial as visibility into work through NS2’s analytics capabilities. NS2’s government partners gain a secure way to integrate a significant volume of data across their cloud in combination with powerful analytics tools.  It can be supporting an enterprise with their next generation solution that will manage their organization for decades ahead.

Gaining forward visibility offers government agencies another pathway to cloud benefits already experienced by the private sector. FedRAMP continues to be an avenue through which the public sector provides support to agencies when adapting to modern cloud standards. Agencies gain the capacity to operate in real time and project two or three years into the future, which leads to improved operations and greater efficiency on a scale they have never experienced.

Inner Transparency, External Security

Our NS2 name is shorthand for SAP National Security Services. We bring SAP’s industry-leading experience with enterprise systems into a public sector space where security is of the highest importance. Doing so provides government agencies another path to cloud benefits normally experienced by their private sector counterparts. This is why governmental security requirements are central to how we approach cloud solutions. When we serve agencies like the Department of Defense, we are always focused on the dual goals of transparency inside the system and security from those on the outside.

Ultimately, we know that we need to provide the benefits of enterprise class cloud solutions that support our most security-conscious agencies. That’s the modern challenge that we address every day working within this space. We need to help our partner agencies achieve control and visibility over their financials, budgeting, and analytics. We continue to balance those service challenges with security needs and are optimistic we can continue to improve in those areas going forward for our partners. That is the core objective of the FedRAMP initiative, which will continue to create pathways forward and expand the power of cloud solutions into the governmental marketplace.

If you are interested in learning more about what NS2 can do for your agency, visit our NS2 Secure Cloud website at Secure Cloud Services | Cloud Infrastructure, Support, Managed Services (sapns2.com) .

Hunter Downey

Hunter Downey

Vice President, GTM, NS2 Secure Cloud

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