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OCLC's WorldShare Management Services is first in library service industry to achieve StateRAMP 'Ready' authorization

Library services platform meets high standards for cloud services security

DUBLIN, Ohio, 6 October 2021OCLC's WorldShare Management Services, a leading global library services platform, is first in the library service industry to be included on the StateRAMP Authorized Vendors List as "Ready," following a thorough evaluation to meet security requirements for cloud services at state and local levels of government in the United States.

StateRAMP is based on the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) security and privacy controls for information systems and organizations. StateRAMP is built around a "complete once, use many" concept that saves time and reduces costs for cloud service providers and government entities. Inclusion of OCLC on the StateRAMP Authorized Vendor List comes a year after OCLC achieved FedRAMP (Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program) authorization. Like FedRAMP, StateRAMP requires cloud service providers to obtain an annual third-party assessment to validate compliance.

"Becoming a StateRAMP verified service provider helps to bridge any gaps between our FedRAMP authorization and what might be required at state and local levels of government," said Bart Murphy, OCLC's Chief Technology and Information Officer. "This helps us shorten the process for agencies to select and implement our services. OCLC is committed to maintaining these high standards for security and quality at scale in our products and services, not only in the United States, but in libraries and other cultural heritage institutions worldwide."

StateRAMP was created from the need for a standardized approach to cybersecurity standards required of cloud service providers that offer solutions to state and local governments. StateRAMP is a membership organization comprised of cloud service providers that offer IaaS, PaaS, and/or SaaS solutions; third-party assessment organizations; and government officials.

WorldShare Management Services (WMS) is a cloud-based platform with WorldCat as its foundation, which allows library staff to draw on OCLC's shared data network and technology for more efficient workflows. WMS also enables staff to better manage resources in all formats and to provide their users with improved access to the library's collections and the world's knowledge.

About OCLC

OCLC is a nonprofit global library organization providing shared technology services, original research and community programs so that libraries can better fuel learning, research and innovation. Through OCLC, member libraries cooperatively produce and maintain WorldCat, the most comprehensive global network of data about library collections and services. Libraries gain efficiencies through OCLC’s WorldShare, a complete set of library management applications and services built on an open, cloud-based platform. It is through collaboration and sharing of the world’s collected knowledge that libraries can help people find answers they need to solve problems. Together as OCLC, member libraries, staff and partners make breakthroughs possible.

OCLC, WorldCat, WorldCat.org and WorldShare are trademarks and/or service marks of OCLC, Inc. Third-party product, service and business names are trademarks and/or service marks of their respective owners.


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