What is FedRAMP and Why Does My Organization Need It?

What is FedRAMP?

Created in 2011, FedRAMP was designed to provide a cost-efficient and risk-based approach to cloud adoption for federal departments and agencies. The creation of the FedRAMP security assessment framework was based on the Risk Management Framework (RMF) that implements the FISMA (Federal Information Security Modernization Act) requirements, and NIST SP 800–53. FedRAMP allows for cloud service providers (CSPs) to be assessed and authorized by federal agencies.

What are the goals of FedRAMP?

According to the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), the goal of FedRAMP is to ultimately accelerate the adoption of secure cloud solutions through reuse of assessments and authorizations. Achieving FedRAMP authorization will also increase confidence in the security of cloud solutions and security assessments for your organization. Additional goals include:

  • Ensuring consistent application of existing security practices
  • Increasing automation and access to real-time data for continuous monitoring

How do you know if your organization requires a FedRAMP assessment?

Simple — any organization that is currently serving, or seeking to serve, cloud products or solutions to a federal agency must undergo a full FedRAMP assessment.

What are the benefits of achieving FedRAMP Authorization?

Being FedRAMP Authorized offers a CSP numerous benefits, such as improved real-time security visibility and providing a uniform approach to risk-based management. Your organization will save significant cost, time and resources by de-duplicating efforts related to meeting federal cybersecurity requirements. Additional benefits include:

  • Enhanced transparency between government and CSPs
  • Improved trustworthiness, reliability, consistency and quality of the Federal security authorization process

The A-LIGN Difference

As one of the more experienced 3PAOs for FedRAMP, A-LIGN can help CSPs achieve a FedRAMP Ready and/or a FedRAMP Authorized status.

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