Zscaler Obtains “High” FedRAMP ATO for ZIA Internet Access Service – MeriTalk

Cloud security provider Zscaler said this week that its Zscaler Internet Access (ZIA) service has received the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) High Authority to Operate (ATO) from the FedRAMP Joint Authorization Board (JAB).

FedRAMP is administered by the General Services Administration (GSA) as a government-wide civilian program to provide a standardized approach to the security assessment, authorization, and ongoing monitoring of cloud products and services that government agencies can use.

The company said the FedRAMP High ATO enables its ZIA service “to meet the requirements of civilian agencies with high security requirements, as well as Department of Defense (DoD) and intelligence organizations.”

The new certification currently makes ZIA the only Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) Trusted Internet Connections (TIC) 3.0 solution that has achieved FedRAMP’s highest clearance – meaning it has “passed rigorous audits of controls critical security measures to protect the government’s most sensitive unclassified data. in remote cloud computing environments,” the company said.

“The certification confirms that ZIA can securely connect government users to external applications, including SaaS applications and Internet destinations, regardless of device, location or network, providing superior cybersecurity protection. and data for critical government information,” Zscaler explained.

The FedRAMP High ATO for ZIA – along with the similar certification for the government solution Zscaler Private Access (ZPA) – enables federal agencies to “address the user experience and cost issues associated with securing the explosive use of applications cloud-based,” the company said.

“These challenges include persistent poor user experience through VPNs, security risks from users bypassing VPNs resulting in lack of visibility and protection, and increased network usage costs associated with transporting the growing volume of internet traffic flowing through government-trusted internet (TIC) connections,” Zscaler said.

“This FedRAMP High clearance elevates Zscaler and our support for the US government as the only cloud security company with two FedRAMP High JAB clearances in the market,” commented Drew Schnabel, vice president of Federal at Zscaler.

The company explained that “Federal Agencies, DoD Commands, and Federal Contractors can now take full advantage of the Zero Trust Exchange at the High or Moderate JAB level,” and customers can align their security posture with their workload requirements and comply with Executive Order 14028. zero confidence goals at all levels available under the FedRAMP program.

Zero Trust Exchange is a cloud-native security platform that securely connects any user, device, and application, regardless of location.

“Delivering zero trust and SASE through FedRAMP-accredited platforms at the highest impact levels is crucial to securing our nation’s future,” said Stephen Kovac, chief compliance officer at Zscaler.

“Zscaler is committed to our customers to deliver a comprehensive zero-trust and SASE platform at the high and moderate benchmark levels,” he said. “Today, we are proud to announce that we have delivered on that commitment.”

“FedRAMP High is a staple for many federal agency deployments,” commented Zeus Kerravala, Founder and Principal Analyst at ZK Research. “We are seeing more and more CISOs and CIOs in state and local government, education, and the private sector recognizing the value of a third-party validated security assessment.”

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