What does FedRAMP mean for AtHoc?
Today, BlackBerry announced that it’s crisis communication service, AtHoc, is the first to receive the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program Authorization (FedRAMP). This signifies that the software has passed the arduous review process to offer a cloud service to the US Federal Government.
“BlackBerry is known for securing data and files, but the one asset we are most proud of securing is people,” said John Chen, Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, BlackBerry. “Being the first to receive FedRAMP authorization for crisis communication solution showcases our commitment to serving and growing in the government sector, and is one more reason why the U.S. Federal Government trusts BlackBerry for its comprehensive approach to security.”
BlackBerry has a well-established relationship with the federal government, providing secure communication and productivity services. AtHoc is now in position as the only crisis communication cloud solution with the FedRAMP Authorization.
The services within this authorization include AtHoc Connect and AtHoc Alert. AtHoc Alert brings secure bi-directional mass notification across devices and OS, through apps, voice, or text. This reliable, consistent communication gateway is vital at times of emergencies. AtHoc Connect allows agencies to communicate internally, securely, while complying with the DHS Interoperability Act. For that reason, AtHoc Connect is expected to see particular growth through this development. Interoperability is essential when agencies communicate, as it ensures a standard level of mutual understanding.
To assist with continued compliance and incident response, the AtHoc services will be monitored by BlackBerry’s newly formed Cyber Security Operations Center (CSOC). Leading the CSOC is Bob Day RADM (ret) VP of BlackBerry’s Cyber Security Operations Services Former Coast Guard CIO and Cyber Commander:
Our team is dedicated to helping our Federal customers meet FedRAMP requirements starting with BlackBerry AtHoc, the first crisis communication platform to achieve this cybersecurity authorization.
BlackBerry’s CSOC, based in the US, will also guide other BlackBerry products in obtaining the FedRAMP authorization. BlackBerry is currently evaluating what other products will pursue this authorization.
AtHoc is currently utilized by federal agencies such as the Department of Defense and the Department of Veteran Affairs, and their cloud and software services protect over 70% of US Federal Government employees. However, having this FedRAMP authorization allows the software to be adopted by other industries outside the government that need to rely on the security and regulatory standards that are now baked into their cloud services.