Data Management

LabArchives ELN Solution Achieves FedRAMP’s “In Process” Designation

LabArchives customers will benefit from industry-leading data security practices including higher-level encryption, vulnerability scanning, audits, and more

Dotmatics, a leader in R&D scientific software connecting science, data, and decision-making, today announced that its LabArchives for Government solution has achieved the “In-Process” designation granted by the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP®). LabArchives’ FedRAMP application is sponsored by the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). LabArchives lets organizations securely organize, search, and share data in a powerful electronic lab notebook (ELN) that supports scientific research and breakthroughs. The news is a critical milestone on the path to attaining FedRAMP authorization. LabArchives for Government is now listed on the FedRAMP Marketplace and will operate as a trusted partner to federal agencies upon authorization.

FedRAMP is the U.S. government program that provides a safe, standardized approach to security and risk assessment for cloud technologies. The rigorous authorization process requires an in-depth examination of LabArchives data security and data governance capabilities, development processes, security procedures, and policies, and its cloud services technology.

“Scientists and their teams are racing to digitize information and make analytics-at-scale a possibility, however it’s critical that their organizations can uphold the integrity and security of the data generated throughout its lifecycle, while enabling research collaboration,” said Matt Dunie, President of LabArchives. “The U.S. federal government has incredibly high security standards for cloud technologies, which is why the FedRAMP Marketplace is the sole source for all federal agencies seeking authorized solutions. FedRAMP authorization for LabArchives will mean that our ELN, Inventory and Scheduler products meet all FedRAMP requirements and demonstrates Dotmatics’ commitment to the highest standards of security and reliability.”

The Path to FedRAMP

LabArchives made a decision in 2019 to build on its existing technological solutions and integrated commercially-reasonable information security as a key product feature set. The company began a multi-year journey to protect the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of data stored within the system. LabArchives elevated the security posture of all parts of the organization—from processes to policies, certifications to coding standards—resulting in SOC  2 Type II and ISO 27001 certifications. FedRAMP is the next, and most difficult, stage of this journey. The company plans to achieve StateRAMP authorization as part of an independent process at a later date.

To obtain “In Process” status with FedRAMP, LabArchives has collaborated with two institutes in the NIH, including the official sponsoring agency, the National Cancer Institute (NCI), and the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS). The NIH is the single largest funding source for scientific research, fueling $38 billion of research grants.

In 2022, LabArchives secured a license for 1,000 users on a pilot basis at NCI. The following year, LabArchives became the first ELN licensed for agency-wide use at the NIH with a new license for 4,000 users available to all NIH scientists.

Introducing LabArchives for Government

In recent years, government and state agencies such as the White House Office of Science and Technology, U.S. Office of Management and Budget, and National Archives and Records Administration have all issued recommendations, requirements, and regulations mandating that certain data must be kept in various levels of secure systems and that certain data be converted from print to electronic format. LabArchives products support those guidelines, and add significant end-user workflow tools to make the products more useful than an unstructured, native storage solution.

LabArchives for Government offers the same secure, cloud-hosted LabArchives products customized to satisfy additional NIST 800-53 requirements, approved by federal government agencies, and placed within an authorized environment. The solution includes three applications: LabArchives ELN, Inventory and Scheduler.

  • LabArchives ELN is a digital notebook and workspace for better data management, connectivity, and collaboration.
  • LabArchives Inventory streamlines the organization, usage, tracking, and ordering of inventory items.
  • LabArchives Scheduler is an easy-to-use calendar and scheduling software for the management and scheduling of laboratory equipment and resources.

LabArchives for Government will operate separately from all other LabArchives cloud sites, however, many of the added controls necessary to achieve FedRAMP authorization will also benefit commercial LabArchives customers. These include government-grade encryption at all levels of the system, further improvement of LabArchives’ “security by design” approach to product development, more comprehensive documentation of policies and procedures, additional vulnerability scanning and penetration testing, and more extensive reviews by a certified third-party assessor.

Forward-Looking Statements

This article contains forward-looking statements that are intended to outline our general product strategy. It is intended for informational purposes only and speaks only as of the date the statements are first published. It is not a commitment to deliver any functionality and should not be relied upon for making purchase decisions. You should not put any contractual reliance on these statements. The development, release, and timing of any products or capabilities remains at the sole discretion of Dotmatics.  

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