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Capital Planning Tech Firm Aurigo Passes FedRAMP Hurdle

The company has met the strict cloud security standards of the federal government for its capital management software, which is meant to handle the whole lifecycle of a program as well as needs such as report generation.

The Gerald Desmond Bridge in Long Beach, Calif.
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Aurigo, a tech company specializing in cloud-based capital program management software for the public sector, has passed a security clearance that opens the door to working for the federal government and strengthening its credentials for state and local agencies.

The company’s software, Masterworks, is meant to handle the lifecycle of capital projects — planning, implementation and maintenance. It also incorporates features such as report generation, civil rights goals and project accounting.

Aurigo has been designated “FedRAMP-ready,” which means it’s passed crucial security clearances before it can work with federal government agencies. The FedRAMP process, about a decade old, is a stringent set of standards for cloud solutions that state and local agencies sometimes look to — or even use as a proxy — for a product being secure enough to work with.

The designation is short of the ultimate Authority to Operate, which would come after an agency sponsors a FedRAMP-ready product.

“To state and local government agencies, this is an independent validation of Aurigo's commitment to providing world-class security to our customers' assets,” wrote Aurigo Vice President of Cloud and Customer Success Manish Sharma in an email. “This is nothing new but a continuation of Aurigo's focus on doing what's best for our customers. After all, we have been SOC2 certified for almost a decade now.”

The process was put in place to help the federal government use cloud technology without compromising its cybersecurity posture; passing through it means it meets high standards and actively works to mitigate risk.

It’s another step in a time of relatively rapid growth for the company. It has scored several major contracts in recent years with customers such as state departments of transportation and some of the largest cities and counties in the country for projects ranging from highways to airports to water systems.

Ben Miller is the associate editor of data and business for Government Technology. His reporting experience includes breaking news, business, community features and technical subjects. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in journalism from the Reynolds School of Journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno, and lives in Sacramento, Calif.