US government report reveals premium Android phones are getting harder to crack

Money Control | January 30, 2020

The United States government is reviving its push to convince companies to build backdoors into smartphones, which it claims would give law enforcement agencies easy access to the data, and help them to prevent terrorist plots and mass shootings in the country. However, companies like Apple have refused to cooperate. At the same time, critics have also spoken out against the government having easy access to private data as it defeats the purpose of encryption.

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FedRAMP was created so that the US government can use the cloud while still protecting systems and data. FedRAMP helps provide clarity for both government agencies and cloud providers so that each knows what is required for cloud use. If you’re a cloud service provider or a government agency wanting to use the cloud, you must demonstrate that you can meet FedRAMP compliance requirements.

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FedRAMP was created so that the US government can use the cloud while still protecting systems and data. FedRAMP helps provide clarity for both government agencies and cloud providers so that each knows what is required for cloud use. If you’re a cloud service provider or a government agency wanting to use the cloud, you must demonstrate that you can meet FedRAMP compliance requirements.

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Borqs | December 20, 2022

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Symplicity joins the UK Government's G-Cloud framework for its 13th iteration

Symplicity | November 21, 2022

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Precisely | January 11, 2023

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