Introduced in 2011, FedRAMP sets the benchmark for cloud service providers (CSPs) offering products and services to federal agencies. With evolving cybersecurity threats, adhering to FedRAMP's standards is more crucial than ever.
The foundation for FedRAMP guidelines is based on the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Special Publication 800-53, which sets forth guidelines for information security controls regarding cloud computing environments.
There are three security baseline levels of FedRAMP authorization:
These levels vary based on the different types of data that CSPs manage and the methods used to secure that data. The degree of severity (low, moderate, and high) refers to the potential impact that can occur should an information system be compromised.
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To help you get started with FedRAMP certification, we’ve also compiled this checklist from our guide to FedRAMP compliance:
Create your System Security Plan (SSP) for all information security controls.
Implement continuous monitoring to pinpoint and remediate vulnerabilities as they occur.
Re-evaluate your security controls regularly to assure they are still effective at mitigating all cybersecurity risks.
Align employees, security officers, and government liaisons on your FedRAMP information system security program.
When submitting a Readiness Assessment Report (RAR), or an update, notify [email protected] to ensure review.
Use a 3PAO assessor to conduct your Security Assessment Plan (SAP) and/or Security Assessment Report (SAR).