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Glossary definition: FedRAMP

FedRAMP: An Overview of US Government Cloud Security

FedRAMP (Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program) is a government-wide program that provides a standardized approach to security assessment, authorization, and continuous monitoring for cloud products and services. It is designed to help federal agencies assess and approve cloud services and products, reduce costs, and improve security posture. The program is based on a “do once, use many times” approach that allows agencies to leverage security authorizations from other agencies, saving time and money. FedRAMP requires cloud service providers to meet a set of security requirements that are based on existing standards, guidelines, and practices from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The program provides a standardized approach for agencies to evaluate cloud service providers and ensure the security of their cloud services. The program also provides a framework for cloud service providers to demonstrate their security capabilities, enabling them to be more competitive in the federal marketplace. Finally, the program provides a continuous monitoring process to ensure cloud service providers maintain their security posture over time.