FedRAMP is among the most rigorous software-as-a-service certifications available anywhere


Framework Snapshot

The Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) provides a uniform approach to security assessment, authorization, and continuous cloud product and service monitoring.

Organizations need proper authorization for their systems to sell cloud-based systems to the federal government which is what the FedRAMP compliance process provides. FedRAMP is among the most rigorous software-as-a-service certifications available anywhere. Before embarking on FedRAMP compliance, your organization’s Cloud Service Offerings (CSO) must be functional, and your leadership needs to be fully committed to working through the challenging FedRAMP compliance process.

The primary goals of FedRAMP are to assure:

  • Government agencies only use safe SaaS products and services.
  • An efficient and cost-effective buying process for government agencies to acquire Cloud Service Offerings.
  • The elimination of redundancies in risk management across government agencies.

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Authorization Process


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    Benefits of FedRAMP Compliance


    Reduces duplicative efforts, inconsistencies, and cost inefficiencies.


    Establishes a public-private partnership to promote innovation and the advancement of more secure information technologies.


    Enables acceleration of the adoption of cloud computing by creating transparent standards and processes.

    FedRAMP contains 14 applicable laws and regulations, along with 19 standards and guidance documents. To be FedRAMP compliant, covered companies must implement security controls dictated by the governing Joint Authorization Board (JAB), document implementation in a System Security Plan (SSP), pass an independent assessment, and submit the documents for review to either a Federal Agency or the JAB. After authorization, covered entities must implement a continuous monitoring program to ensure their cloud systems maintain an acceptable risk posture.

    FedRAMP authorization requires four main steps

    1. Package development: After an authorization kick-off meeting, the provider completes a System Security Plan. Next, a FedRAMP-approved third-party assessment organization develops a Security Assessment Plan.
    2. Assessment: The third-party assessment organization submits a Security Assessment report, and the provider creates a Plan of Action and milestones.
    3. Authorization: The authorizing agency determines whether the risk described is acceptable. If so, it submits an Authority to Operate letter, and the provider is then listed in the FedRAMP Marketplace.
    4. Monitoring: The provider sends monthly security monitoring deliverables to each agency using the service.

    2024 Updates

    On March 28, 2024, the FedRAMP Program released a roadmap outlining its strategic goals and near-term priorities. Within the categories defined below are updates that reflect FedRAMP’s commitment to improving federal cloud cybersecurity, reducing barriers for cloud service providers, and enhancing the overall customer experience.

    1. Focus on the Customer Experience: Simplifying the process for cloud providers and ensuring that the time and cost align with customer expectations.
    2. Cybersecurity Leadership: Clarifying security expectations across all FedRAMP authorizations while maintaining flexibility.
    3. Scaling a Trusted Marketplace: Streamlining processes with authorizing partners and enhancing post-authorization monitoring through automation.

    Activate FedRAMP framework


    Install scanner for compliance evidence gathering


    Review baseline evidence to score compliance control status


    Close compliance gaps


    Ongoing compliance and gap surveillance


    Enforced maintenance of compliance readiness

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