Federal Government, MultiCloud

On the On Ramp to FedRAMP

As we’ve written here previously, the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP), is a federal government-wide program that provides a standardized approach to security assessment, authorization, and continuous monitoring for cloud products and services. The process of becoming FedRAMP certified is justifiably rigorous and, as a result, many vendors must wait several months for the seal of approval. The government is taking steps to reduce this wait time with FedRAMP 2.0, which seeks to reduce vendor preapproval time to 3-6 months – a huge reduction in time, especially considering the fastest approval time to date is five and a half months. Still, there will always be some wait time for companies looking to prove their security measures around cloud solutions.

At Carahsoft, we are proud to support many vendor partners that are in process of a FedRAMP certification, especially since the companies that enter into the lengthy and highly critical FedRAMP process are confident they will pass. Typically, our partners undergo a third party audit that mimics the government review process. If they pass that audit, they can feel assured they will meet the FedRAMP criteria. Our current in process vendors span a number of critical IT functionalities:

  • Collaboration – the ability to collaborate from anywhere and on any device responds to a critical need for dispersed teams working on complex programs. With secure collaboration solutions, users can feel confident when sharing project plans or citizen information.

Our in process vendor partners built their solutions with cloud security at the forefront of the development process. Multifactor authentication is built in and system boundaries are clearly defined. With cross-functional input, including executive buy-in to FedRAMP-related features and functionality, we’re confident that these solutions will soon be key players in the FedRAMP-compliant marketplace.

For more information of our FedRAMP and in-process vendor partners, check out our FedRAMP page.

This article was updated on January 23rd, 2017.

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