by Nick Carter on January 06, 2020
Government matters are some of the most sensitive out there, and no amount of vulnerability is acceptable to the teams working with such high-stakes data.
These projects are also complex, demanding, and ever-changing, where a seemingly small case can turn into a large one overnight—with unpredictable timelines to boot. Put simply, e-discovery is complicated—and the government agencies who need to handle litigation and investigations are certainly no exception.
We’re excited to announce that RelativityOne has achieved the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) In Process designation under the sponsorship of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This means government agencies can rest assured that RelativityOne is on its way toward a FedRAMP Authorization, which we anticipate earning in the latter half of 2020.
RelativityOne Government is a federal platform built with FedRAMP certification in mind, giving agencies the end-to-end technology they need to manage litigation, investigations, and FOIA requests as they organize data, discover the truth, and act on it.
Government agencies and organizations in highly regulated industries require a cloud security protocol that leaves no room for doubt when it comes to protecting their data. Whether it’s conducting an investigation or responding to a FOIA request, the work they do is simply too sensitive and too scrutinized to accept anything less.
The FedRAMP program’s mission, according to its website, is “to promote the adoption of secure cloud services across the federal government by providing a standardized approach to security and risk assessment.” The FedRAMP repeatable approach to security simplifies the evaluation and authorization process, enabling agencies that make changes in service delivery through cloud-based programs to do so quicker, easier, and more cost effectively. Pursuing FedRAMP authorization is yet another way we are holding ourselves accountable for up-leveling the sophistication of our security, privacy, continuous monitoring, and compliance structures.
“At Relativity, our culture is built around security—in the processes, technology, and people that are so vital to everything we do as a business,” said Amanda Fennell, our chief security officer at Relativity. “The federal government needs a flexible SaaS platform to securely handle the increasing amount of data they work through every day. We believe that platform is RelativityOne Government.”
Why the Cloud?
Many local and federal agencies have chosen our server product over the years, and we look forward to future support in RelativityOne. But as supporting the delivery of IT services becomes increasingly complex, a move to the cloud has become a priority for these and many other agencies looking for an improved customer experience. The Federal Cloud Computing Strategy sets the standard for agencies across the U.S. government looking for an opportunity to improve on their service and mission needs.
RelativityOne makes sense as an IT modernization effort, because it offers ever-simpler usability and faster innovation cycles, eliminates the hassle of infrastructure management, and provides nearly endless elasticity and scalability through our partnership with Microsoft Azure’s Cloud Computing platform. RelativityOne also provides a team of dedicated security experts behind the scenes, working tirelessly to protect your data so you don’t have to bring in extra staff to do it yourself (or, worse, not bring on that staff, and hope for the best).
Additionally, the Relativity user community—comprised of customers with years of experience in the software and expert service providers who can consult on virtually any business need—is always ready and willing to help support other teams in their pursuit of better work inside of Relativity.
Supporting the Government Community
With our commitment to helping government agencies find what’s most important with RelativityOne comes a new era for our government user community. At Relativity, our mission is to help our customers organize data, discover the truth, and act on it. We are honored to work alongside teams who make that happen in the commercial realm and in government. Agencies like yours are entrusted with sensitive data all over the world, and we’re humbled to support those efforts.
At Relativity, we see this as our privilege: to offer you a space to collaborate across agencies, provide educational material to bolster your e-discovery practices, and make your work with complicated data sets more manageable than ever. All we need to make it happen is you.
Nick Carter is the managing director of government sales at Relativity.