Companies looking to offer cloud services to the federal government have to go through the proper certification channels, and, in many cases, this process hinges on security measures.

According to SecureInfo, it recently became involved in a strategic partnership with Microsoft. As a result, Microsoft's new cloud offering passed regulation requirements issued by the federal government and is now able to dispense services to critical national agencies.

SecureInfo, a provider of electronic security solutions, worked with Microsoft so that its cloud offering would be in compliance with the Federal Information Security Management Act.

"Microsoft’s GFS and BPOS-Federal solutions have effectively satisfied the current National Institute of Standards and Technology controls at a Federal Information Processing Standards Moderate Impact level," said Yong-Gon Chon, SecureInfo’s chief technology officer.

The 'cloud first' initiative is the goal of U.S. chief information officer Vivek Kundra. Recently, he told a Senate subcommittee that federal agencies should consider adopting the cloud to increase efficiency and cut down the federal IT budget.

Microsoft's cloud is now ready to be used by national security agencies, though, according to Windows IT Pro, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has already migrated its email to the company's cloud service, Azure. It has been reported that the consolidated email system could save the department $27 million annually.