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What is FedRAMP?

 

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What is FedRAMP?

FedRAMP is a federal risk and authorization management program that provides a standardized approach to security assessment, authorization, and continuous monitoring for cloud products and services used by the United States federal government. It was developed in response to the Obama administration’s cloud-first policy, which sought to increase the use of cloud computing in government. FedRAMP is designed to ensure that cloud-based services used by federal agencies are secure and compliant with government regulations. To achieve this, the program requires cloud service providers to undergo a rigorous security assessment and authorization process. This process involves a series of steps, including a security assessment, a review of the provider’s security controls, and authorization from the appropriate government agency. The security assessment and authorization process for FedRAMP is based on 14 applicable laws and regulations and 19 standards and guidance documents. These documents outline the security requirements for cloud services, including the use of encryption, data protection, and access control. The security requirements are designed to ensure that the cloud service provider is able to protect the data of the federal government and its citizens. In addition to the security requirements, FedRAMP also requires cloud service providers to undergo continuous monitoring of their services. This includes monitoring for changes to the security controls, system availability, and access control. The purpose of this monitoring is to ensure that the cloud service provider is able to maintain the security of the system and the data it contains. FedRAMP is a critical program for the US government, as it helps to ensure that cloud services used by federal agencies are secure and compliant with government regulations. It is one of the most rigorous software-as-a-service certifications in the world, and it requires cloud service providers to undergo a rigorous security assessment and authorization process. By ensuring that cloud services are secure and compliant with government regulations, FedRAMP helps to protect the data of the federal government and its citizens. .



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