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  • FedRAMP Readiness Assessment Report (RAR) template launched

    February 02, 2017, Abel Sussman , Director, TAAS – Public Sector and Cyber Risk Advisory

    As part of the FedRAMP Accelerated process, cloud service providers (CSPs) can now complete a Readiness Assessment Report (RAR) to demonstrate their readiness for the FedRAMP process. The RAR is required for CSPs pursuing the FedRAMP JAB approval route.  CSPs should also consider having a Readiness Assessment if they are pursuing the Agency approval route, where the RAR is not required, in order to provide assurances of the security posture for their solution.

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  • FedRAMP in Bloomberg

    December 14, 2016, Abel Sussman , Director, TAAS – Public Sector and Cyber Risk Advisory

    Recently Bloomberg Government published an article that describes the increasing awareness of the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) as a major factor affecting the federal marketspace. The article indirectly indicates a major first-mover advantage, as there are “only 77 products” available to fulfill over two hundred Bloomberg-identified FedRAMP opportunities.

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  • FedRAMP Plans for 2017

    November 10, 2016, Abel Sussman , Director, TAAS – Public Sector and Cyber Risk Advisory

    The Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) plans to continue to build on 2016 successes by planning for an ambitious 2017 according to a series of blog posts released by the General Services Administration (GSA). 

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  • The Cost of a FedRAMP Assessment from a 3PAO Perspective

    September 22, 2016, Abel Sussman , Director, TAAS – Public Sector and Cyber Risk Advisory

    FedRAMP.gov recently published a blog titled ‘How Much Does It Cost to Go Through FedRAMP?’ As a FedRAMP Third Party Assessment Organization (3PAO), we wanted to provide additional factors for consideration for organizations that are evaluating or pursuing a FedRAMP authorization.

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  • FedRAMP Prioritization

    August 29, 2016, Abel Sussman , Director, TAAS – Public Sector and Cyber Risk Advisory

    Coalfire has been participating in the American Council for Technology and the Industry Advisory Council (ACT-IAC) Cloud Computing community of interest in order to contribute in developing the new FedRAMP JAB Prioritization process.

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