FedRAMP, like many compliance programs, was built based on NIST 800-53 standards to support the federal government’s cloud-first initiative. This initiative has been a major factor in the federal government’s decision-making process in evaluating potential contractors and partners for a range of cloud computing services.
Most cloud service providers (CSPs) are aware of the importance of certification for securing contracts with the federal government. They’re also aware that challenges and confusion can come along with the compliance process.
That said, there are plenty of things that many people don’t understand about the FedRAMP program. Here are 10 that we think any CSP should be aware of.
- Through auditing, you will confront your security vulnerabilities when you undertake a FedRAMP compliance program.
- Being FedRAMP-certified qualifies you to do business with the largest buyer of goods and services in the world: the U.S. government.
- The federal government isn’t the only entity that looks at FedRAMP for guidance on evaluating potential partners – many other organizations do, too.
- Getting your audit preparation in place for FedRAMP will get you ready for other audits.
- You need separate vendors for FedRAMP Third Party Assessment Organization (3PAO) certification and for consulting services.
- FedRAMP certification can give you a competitive edge against other companies in the cloud services market by enhancing core security practices.
- You can outsource some of the capabilities needed for compliance with FedRAMP guidelines, such as continuous monitoring and other managed security services.
- You choose a 3PAO – and that decision can mean a lot to the success of the process.
- FedRAMP is undertaking ongoing efforts to reduce barriers to achieving compliance and make certification less arduous.
- One authorization is reusable so an agency can review the initial authorization and approve CSP services.
Lunarline is a leading expert in FedRAMP, and we provide both consultative and 3PAO services to a range of clients in the public and private sectors. For more information about how we can help, contact us today.