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What are the steps to FedRAMP authorization?

 

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What are the steps to FedRAMP authorization?

FedRAMP authorization is the process of obtaining the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) certification, which is a comprehensive security assessment, authorization, and continuous monitoring program designed to protect the government’s information systems. FedRAMP authorization is a requirement for any cloud service provider (CSP) that wants to do business with the U.S. government. The process of obtaining FedRAMP authorization involves four main steps: package development, assessment, authorization, and monitoring. Each of these steps is essential for ensuring that your cloud service meets the highest security standards and is approved by the government. Package Development The first step in the FedRAMP authorization process is package development. This involves the provider completing a System Security Plan (SSP) and having a FedRAMP-approved third-party assessment organization (3PAO) develop a Security Assessment Plan (SAP). The SSP outlines the systems, networks, and processes that are in place to protect the cloud service from potential threats. The SAP outlines the assessment activities that will be conducted to verify the security controls in place. Assessment The second step in the process is the assessment. The 3PAO will conduct the assessment activities outlined in the SAP and submit a Security Assessment Report (SAR) to the Joint Authorization Board (JAB). The provider must also create a Plan of Action and Milestones (POA&M) to address any security gaps identified in the SAR. Authorization The third step is authorization. The JAB will review the SAR and POA&M and decide whether the risk as described is acceptable. If they approve the package, they will submit an Authority to Operate (ATO) letter to the FedRAMP Project Management Office (PMO). Once the ATO is approved, the provider will be listed in the FedRAMP Marketplace. Monitoring The fourth and final step is monitoring. Once the authorization is complete, the provider must send monthly security monitoring deliverables to each agency that is using their service. This is to ensure that the security controls remain in place and that the cloud service is being used in accordance with the FedRAMP requirements. FedRAMP authorization is an important process for any cloud service provider that wants to do business with the U.S. government. By following the four main steps outlined above, providers can ensure that their cloud service meets the highest security standards and is approved by the government. .



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