Lessons

  • Overview
  • Lesson 1: What is an ATO? [2:50]
  • Lesson 2: The Benefits of ATO on AWS [2:50]
  • Lesson 3: Case Study: GitHub under ATO on AWS [1:50]
  • Knowledge Check
  • Post-Course Survey

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The federal government manages more than $90 billion worth of information technology, including newer cloud solutions and some systems that are decades old. Regardless of the type of system, agencies are responsible for ensuring they adhere to rigorous federal security requirements that must be reviewed on a regular basis.

This Authority to Operate (ATO) process can take a year or more. There is often a lengthy, back and forth process between government system owners and those assessing the security of the system. This manual process can include hundreds of pages of security documentation. But there’s an alternate approach agencies and their service providers can use to simplify and shorten the ATO process using automated and auditable methods.

In this course, you will learn what an ATO is, including the challenges and opportunities, and how automating the compliance authorization process can help agencies adopt secure IT resources in a timely manner.

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