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Understanding FedRAMP Compliance

The Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) is set up by the U.S. federal government to ensure cloud products and services are secure enough for use by federal agencies. Getting the FedRAMP seal of approval can be very rewarding to your company because it shows both federal agencies and non-government customers that you take security seriously. FedRAMP helps to manage risk and was created to support the federal Cloud First policy from 2011. This policy was elemental for moving a vast amount of the government’s IT infrastructure to the cloud and helped determine whether the federal agencies security requirements for cloud services would fulfill the high security standards.

According to FedRamp.gov, the following describes the FedRAMP program goals and benefits:

Program Goals

  • Accelerate the adoption of secure cloud solutions through reuse of assessments and authorizations
  • Increase confidence in security of cloud solutions
  • Achieve consistent security authorizations using a baseline set of agreed upon standards to be used for Cloud product approval in or outside of FedRAMP
  • Ensure consistent application of existing security practices
  • Increase automation and near real-time data for continuous monitoring

Program Benefits

  • Increases re-use of existing security assessments across agencies
  • Saves significant cost, time and resources – "do once, use many times"
  • Improves real-time security visibility
  • Provides a uniform approach to risk-based management
  • Enhances transparency between government and cloud service providers (CSPs)
  • Improves the trustworthiness, reliability, consistency, and quality of the Federal security authorization process

The Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) is a government-wide program that delivers a set of structured methodologies to security assessments, authorization, and continuous monitoring for cloud products and services. FedRAMP enables agencies to quickly change their outdated IT infrastructure to a more secure and cost-effective cloud based IT infrastructure. FedRAMP’s core set of processes places effective cloud security into the government’s IT systems. FedRAMP established products that help strengthen the process of familiarizing ourselves with cloud services and the tactical solutions involved to mitigate risks.

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