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Bluescape Extends Reach in Public Sector with DoD IL5 Authorization

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Bluescape achieves IL5 authorization, a critical security standard that expands access to its virtual workspace solution across the U.S. Federal Government.

Bluescape is honored to announce that it has achieved a critical security standard that expands access to its leading online whiteboard and virtual workspace solution across the U.S. Federal Government and the Department of Defense.

Here at Bluescape, we’ve committed to delivering the highest security standards to our public sector customers. This is why we’re excited to share that we’ve achieved an elite security designation for software providers: the Department of Defense’s (DoD) Impact Level 5 (IL5). 

This authorization builds on the IL4 designation that Bluescape received in 2021 from the U.S. Navy. Bluescape is also the only whiteboard solution available to any mission owner or operator who works with Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI). 

Why IL5 Authorization Matters

The IL5 authority to operate (ATO) was received from the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) and achieved in partnership with Bluescape’s trusted federal integrator, Bridge Core (Bcore).

Government agencies, contractors, and DoD users will now enjoy expanded use of Bluescape’s virtual workspace and collaboration tools with unprecedented access to the most sensitive unclassified data available. This will empower uniform and civilian personnel with a unified workspace to brainstorm, collaborate, and communicate in a secure virtual solution.

"We firmly believe you shouldn’t have to sacrifice security for mission agility.”

This statement from John Greenstein, general manager of Public Sector at Bluescape, is a driver behind Bluescape's airtight security stance. "We are honored to be a trusted DoD partner, and this important IL5 designation is the next step in our ongoing commitment to deliver the most secure online whiteboard and virtual workspace built for the unique collaboration needs of Federal teams.”

How Bluescape Creates a Secure Virtual Workspace for the Public Sector

Bluescape is a proven solution within the most sensitive defense, intelligence, and national security environments. It has also recently received the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program(FedRAMP) Designation, under the sponsorship of the U.S. Air Force. Bluescape also meets NIST 800-171 and NIST Cybersecurity Framework compliance and supports Microsoft 365 Government Community Cloud High deployments.

"Achieving IL5 will go a long way in ensuring our customers are not only secure but have real-time access to the collaboration tools they need to drive mission outcomes," said Mark Willis, CISO at Bluescape.

"As a cybersecurity and military intelligence veteran, I know firsthand the importance of upholding ‘security first’ principles so that service members, DoD employees, and government civilians can focus on collaboration and efficiency in defense of our nation.

As a U.S.-based company that protects all customer data here at home, Bluescape continues to align its security posture with the Executive Order on Improving the Nation’s Cybersecurity and the Federal Zero Trust Strategy.