Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN) is going top-secret. Almost.
The company announced that its Amazon Web Services will launch a cloud service for the U.S. intelligence community called "Secret Region" accessible only for users with at least a Secret U.S. security classification. That's one step below Top Secret.
Secret Region will also be available to non-intelligence community members so long as they retain Secret level classification from the government and have their own contract vehicles for use of the service, Amazon said in a blog post.
The Secret Region service comes six years after AWS introduced its GovCloud, which was its first data center region for public sector customers. Secret Region will make AWS the "first and only commercial cloud provider to offer regions to serve government workloads across the full range of data classifications, including Unclassified, Sensitive, Secret and Top Secret," Amazon said.
AWS first struck a deal with the CIA in 2013. That move offered a windfall of legitimacy for the cloud services provider and encouraged several large customers including Comcast Corp. (CMCSA) and Intuit Inc. (INTU) to sign up for AWS offerings.
Amazon stock gained 0.56% to $1,132.59 in premarket trading Tuesday.
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