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What does it take to be FedRAMP certified?

 

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What does it take to be FedRAMP certified?

Being FedRAMP certified is a rigorous process that requires a cloud service provider to demonstrate that their service meets the security requirements set forth by the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP). The process begins with the Joint Authorization Board (JAB) issuing a provisional authorization. This authorization lets agencies know that the risk of the service has been reviewed and approved. The next step is for the cloud service provider to establish a relationship with a specific federal agency and work with them through the process. The agency is responsible for reviewing the cloud service provider’s security posture and ensuring that it meets the FedRAMP requirements. This review process includes an assessment of the provider’s system security plan, the security controls in place, and the security risk associated with the service. Once the agency has reviewed the cloud service provider’s security posture, they will issue an Authority to Operate (ATO) letter. This letter is the official authorization for the cloud service provider to operate within the federal government. The ATO letter will also include any additional security requirements that must be met in order to maintain the authorization. In addition to the ATO letter, cloud service providers must also meet several other requirements in order to be FedRAMP certified. These include having an independent third-party assessor review their security posture and issuing a System Security Plan (SSP). The SSP must include an inventory of all the systems and services that are part of the cloud service and must also include a detailed description of the security measures that are in place. Finally, cloud service providers must also provide documentation of their security posture and the measures they have taken to protect their systems and services. This includes proof of security testing, penetration testing, and other security measures. This documentation must be provided to the agency for review and approval before the ATO letter can be issued. Being FedRAMP certified is a lengthy and complex process. However, it is essential for cloud service providers who wish to do business with the federal government. The process ensures that cloud services meet the highest standards of security and privacy, and that they are able to protect the data and systems of the federal government.



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