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Secure and certified open source for Public Sector

Ubuntu provides a secure platform for government agencies to build, operate and innovate with open source infrastructure, applications and technologies. With enterprise support from Canonical, Ubuntu can significantly reduce total cost of ownership (TCO) while meeting strict, unique requirements for the Federal government and public sector.

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Ubuntu is a secure Linux OS distribution — whether used in containers, virtualised servers, on premises or in the public cloud. Our solutions provide enterprise-grade security and support for mission-critical applications and workloads in production.

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We have your critical government IT certifications covered. Ubuntu Advantage meets certification requirements for the public sector and government agencies including SOC 2, FIPS 140-2, DISA/STIG, Common Criteria EAL2, CIS and more.

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Stop worrying about licenses and counting CPU sockets, cores and memory. Ubuntu and Canonical provide upstream solutions to rival proprietary offerings so you can avoid vendor licensing lock-in and reduce TCO.

See how Canonical's OpenStack and Kubernetes compare to the competition.

Open source in government

In this webinar, the Public Sector team discuss the importance of open source technology in government, how it’s being used and the range of secure services available from Canonical.

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Ubuntu solutions for the public sector,
delivered by Canonical

Ubuntu is a multi-cloud platform

Ubuntu provides a secure, certified platform across multi-cloud and hybrid cloud environments. We can work with you to build, deploy, operate and support your infrastructure - AWS, Azure, Google, VMware, Hyper-V, OpenStack and Docker and Kubernetes containers. We enable multi-cloud portability for the public sector.

Comprehensive open source support

Get open source support from a single vendor for all of the layers of your stack, from OS to applications. Canonical provides a unified model for open source support services with transparent per-node pricing, avoiding the often high and hidden fees that come with per-core or per-socket pricing models.

Secure, upstream OpenStack and K8s

Take advantage of best-in-class server virtualisation with Charmed OpenStack and production-grade container orchestration with Charmed Kubernetes on Ubuntu. Canonical provides consulting, design/build, training and 24/7 enterprise-grade support services for key open source technologies.

Enterprise-grade management tools

Canonical provides an automation portfolio with multi-tier service modelling. Offering metal-as-a-service (MAAS) for automated server provisioning, Juju for configuration and deployment, and Landscape for Ubuntu systems management at scale for audit and compliance reporting, across your infra, service and application tiers.

Platform across all of IoT, from cloud to edge

Ubuntu Core is a security-first platform built on the new containerised linux packaging format, Snaps, delivering stronger resiliency and security. From smart drones and autonomous vehicles to robots, Ubuntu is the new standard for embedded Linux. Get the world’s best security, a custom app store and reliable updates.

Classified, isolated or limited networks

Reduce time to deployment from one day to one hour. Rapidly deploy the latest in cloud technology to isolated, classified (high side) or slow, bandwidth-limited networks. Implementing Canonical’s AIRstack process provides a secure and compliant on-premise deployment solution.

Find out why the UK Government puts Ubuntu in first place for security

CESG, the security arm of the UK government rated Ubuntu as the most secure operating system of the 11 they tested.

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Azure and AWS compliance with Ubuntu Pro

Ubuntu Pro and Ubuntu Pro FIPS are premium images that are optimised for Azure and AWS with compliance, security and hardening for production environments. Ubuntu Pro includes comprehensive, 10-year open source security coverage for key applications, like Apache Kafka, NGINX and PostgreSQL, access to kernel Livepatch service to avoid unplanned downtime and is priced for the cloud.

The Ubuntu Pro FIPS premium images provide access to AWS and Azure FIPS and CC-EAL2 certified components to enable operating environments under compliance regimes. Ubuntu Pro FIPS is built upon the power of Ubuntu Pro's enhanced stability and security features and provides a compliant platform for government and public sector agencies and contract vehicles.

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Staying compliant while delivering innovation in government services

How Ubuntu Pro FIPS on Microsoft Azure gives government agencies and contractors new ways to control costs and boost innovation while maintaining FIPS compliance.

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Ubuntu Partners

Ubuntu works with a number of award holders, prime and sub-contractors. Contact us to discuss working with your preferred vendors.

Public cloud

Hardware partners

Ubuntu Advantage, Ubuntu Pro, Ubuntu Pro FIPS specs

FIPS 140-2 certified
FIPS 140-2 Level 1 certification for cryptographic modules on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and Ubuntu 18.04 LTS.
Defense Information System Agency (DISA) Security Technical Implementation Guide (STIG) for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and Ubuntu 18.04 LTS.
Common Criteria EAL2 certified
Common Criteria (CC) EAL2 certification for Ubuntu 16.04 Final certification from CSEC is pending for Ubuntu 18.04.
CIS Benchmarks
CIS has published benchmarks for Ubuntu 12.04 LTS and Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, with Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and Ubuntu 18.04 LTS benchmarks drafted.
SOC2 Type 2 certified

For Managed Services.


Partially - OpenSCAP is available through the DISA STIG certification, but does not cover the entire STIG. SCAP content is available after STIG's are released, but is not immediately available.

It has been made available for both 16.04 LTS and 18.04 LTS. As of 4 February 2021 is not on the 20.04 LTS certification roadmap.

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Security, accessibility and reliability

Security Patching
Canonical provides security patching for high and critical CVEs for all 30,000 packages in Main and Universe Ubuntu repositories.
Canonical’s Kernel Livepatch Service applies high and critical kernel CVE updates without rebooting.
A broad range of open source infrastructure software (OpenStack, Kubernetes, Docker, etc.) and applications (Kafka, PostgreSQL, Elasticsearch, etc.) are supported through an Ubuntu Advantage subscription.
24/7 Support & Monitoring
Canonical support engineers cover all geographic regions and time-zones.
Break-fix Response
Ubuntu Advantage includes break-fix support and answering questions about supported packages.
99.9% up-time with Canonical’s managed services.

FIPS certification and CIS compliance with Ubuntu

Learn about Ubuntu CIS and FIPS certified components to enable operating under compliance regimes like FedRAMP, HIPAA, PCI and ISO. Get all of your compliance questions answered in our webinar to ensure you and your team are, and remain, compliant.

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We can support your specific requirements.

Canonical can support specific requirements for public sector, and oftentimes works with award holders, prime and sub-contractors. Contact us for more, and find us with Canonical's CAGE Code: 7VDN3 and NCAGE Code: U09K6.

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FIPS compliance made easy

Ubuntu Pro FIPS on AWS

AWS and Canonical are excited to discuss the FIPS certified Ubuntu Pro image available on AWS.

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Ubuntu Pro FIPS on Azure

Microsoft and Canonical have collaborated to create a new way for government agencies to consume Linux on Azure.

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