Consumer Financial Protection Bureau investigates cloud services for email

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The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is investigating how it can best use the cloud to support its email.

The watchdog agency, which helps enforce financial regulations, released a request for information Tuesday “to better understand the process, technical requirements and costs of moving to cloud services in FY17,” it said. The CFPB hopes the responses will help illustrate how to create a cloud service for its email and “office products,” like spreadsheets and documents.

“CFPB expects the number of active users to remain ~2000 over the next few years,” the RFI says. “Currently, the average user mailbox is approximately 5 GB in size and CFPB is 5 years old. CFPB users would expect to immediately access emails that are several years old and office automation tools.”

[Read more: Library of Congress wants to bring its email to the cloud]

While the bureau currently hosts Microsoft software on its private cloud, its contract will end in two and a half years. It receives the products “through a value added reseller” that is not on the contracting vehicle the CFPB is interested in — the email-as-a-service blanket purchasing agreement.

In the RFI, CFPB asks 27 questions focused on the cost, capability and timeline of cloud services. The questions cover topics like encrypted emails, Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program compliance, and system integration with the Department of Homeland Security’s Einstein 3 Accelerated program, an advanced program that can detect malicious traffic.

Respondents must submit their reports by Aug. 5. For a full list of questions, visit the RFI here.

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