The times, they are a-changin'. And those deadlines you keep hearing about regarding the federal cloud? They are a-loomin'. If you haven't yet met the requirements for FedRAMP and other federal cloud services security requirements, you don't have a lot of time. It's time to take the security requirements seriously if you want to get certified by the June requirements and have access to the lucrative federal market.

One provider of managed hosting and cloud services has launched what it calls the Federal Advisory Council (FAC) to identify and address federal security and compliance challenges. Carpathia intends for the FAC to provide guidance and suggestions to the company so it strengthen its cloud computing delivery to federal agencies.

Included on the board are:

  • Ed Meagher, former deputy CIO for the Department of the Interior, former deputy assistant secretary/deputy CIO for the Department of Veteran Affairs.
  • Tom Rangland, senior vice president of Homeland Security, CACI, as well as brigadier general for the U.S. Army National Guard (retired) and former operations director for Homeland Security.
  • Patrick Schambach, former CIO of the U.S. Secret Service, former assistant director and CIO for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, and former undersecretary and CIO of the Transportation Security Administration.

"These leaders bring a wealth of experience on the complex security and compliance challenges facing specific federal agencies, and their insight will be invaluable as we continue to customize Carpathia cloud solutions to meet these needs," said Stu Fleagle, vice president of Carpathia Government Solutions, in a prepared statement.

Carpathia has assembled a powerhouse of knowledge and talent, and according to the company, it has plans to add two more "public sector technology leaders" to the team.

It's not a team every cloud provider needs to assemble to meet the strict regulations of the federal government's cloud initiatives, but it's something to keep in mind as we head into deadline day for many of those requirements. Are you ready for federal cloud requirements?