Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) Scoping & gap Assessments for DoD Cloud Service Providers (CSP) and other federal Contractors
Arlington provides Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) services and solutions for Department of Defense (DoD) Cloud Service Providers (CSP) and other federal contractors seeking to have their Cloud Service Offering (CSO) earn FedRAMP Authorization.
The Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) was established in 2011 for purposes of providing a cost-effective, risk-based approach for the adoption and use of cloud services by the federal government. As a Cloud Service Provider (CSP), if you have a Cloud Service Offering (CSO) that is being used (or under consideration) by the federal government (i.e., federal agencies), earning FedRAMP Authorization is often a strict requirement. Key to earning FedRAMP compliance requires adherence to the information security requirements as outlined in NIST 800-53 and supplemented by the FedRAMP Program Management Office.
As a CSP, your very first step in becoming FedRAMP compliant starts by undertaking a FedRAMP scoping & gap assessment against none other than NIST Special Publication 800-53 Revision 5, Security and Privacy Controls for Information Systems and Organizations, the very framework used for earning FedRAMP compliance.
Therefore, federal agencies using CSP’s to support their information systems must now ensure these very contractors are FedRAMP compliant. Arlington can assist with four (4) key elements of FedRAMP compliance for federal contractors – (1). Scoping & Gap assessments, (2). Policies & Procedures Development, (3). System Security Plan (SSP) Development, and (4). Project management of your entire FedRAMP engagement.
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FedRAMP Scoping & Gap Assessments
A critical element for FedRAMP success – and earning FedRAMP Authorization designation – is identifying all compliance gaps with the prescribed control families within one of the three FedRAMP Baselines (i.e., HIGH, MODERATE, or LOW), then remediating them. Our FedRAMP scoping & gap assessments rapidly identifies all gaps, provides a prioritization plan for remediation, while also offering numerous tools and solutions (i.e., policy documents) for helping correct control gaps.
Benefits of FedRAMP
Scoping & Gap Assessments
Quick & efficient process for identifying control gaps.
Dozens of helpful tools for correcting technical and documentation gaps.
Industry leading methodology for rapid remediation with no POAMs.
Why Arlington for FedRAMP Scoping & Gap Assessments
One of the most well-known and trusted federal compliance firms.
Since 2002, a leading authority on the NIST 800-53 framework.
Fixed-fee pricing for all of our FedRAMP services & solutions.
Step 1: Control Framework Walkthrough
Earning FedRAMP compliance ultimately means complying with NIST SP 800-53, the federal government’s widely adopted information security framework. NIST SP 800-53 is an incredibly comprehensive and granular InfoSec framework, consisting of (as of Revision 5), twenty (20) control “Families”, with hundreds of supporting controls. Because of the sheer volume of controls for which CSP’s must comply with for earning FedRAMP compliance, a Control Framework Walkthrough is highly recommended. Regardless of which baseline you’re seeking to assess against for FedRAMP (HIGH, MODERATE, or LOW), a walkthrough of all controls is absolutely essential. With Arlington, our process is efficient and comprehensive, resulting in a documented Prioritization Plan for remediation.
Step 2: Prioritization Plan for Remediation
Following the Step 1 Control Framework Walkthrough, Arlington will deliver a Prioritization Plan for Remediation (PPR). Compiled and developed by our highly skilled FedRAMP compliance experts, the PPR will detail all control gaps found, the necessary tools and solutions needed to remediate all gaps, while also providing helpful documentation – such as our NIST 800-53 policy templates – for finishing the job. Our industry leading PPR serves as a highly effective roadmap for helping ensure all FedRAMP gaps are worked, closed, and hopefully, no Plan-of-Actions and Milestones (POAMs) are left open.
Step 3: Tools & Templates Support
With Arlington, you receive exceptional support from a firm with years of FedRAMP expertise. This includes offering our industry leading NIST SP 800 security policy templates and toolkits for rapid remediation. Because a large part of earning FedRAMP authorization requires writing security policies, our templates and toolkits are immensely helpful, saving CSP’s an incredible amount of time, money, and internal resources.
Step 4: Project Management Remediation & Validation
Once all control gaps have been identified, we can project manage the entire remediation efforts for FedRAMP. From developing information security policies and procedures in accordance with NIST 800-53 to validating technical compliance for all controls, we’re with you every step of the way in terms of FedRAMP remediation efforts. We also can write your System Security Plan as required by FedRAMP.