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Welcome to the Coalfire Blog, a resource covering the most important issues in IT security and compliance. You'll also find information on Coalfire's insights into the unique cybersecurity issues that impact the industries we serve, including Cloud Service Providers, RetailFinancial Services, Healthcare, Higher Education, Payments, Government.

The Coalfire blog is written by the company's leadership team and our highly-credentialed security assessment experts.


  • FedRAMP JAB Business Case extended

    Abel Sussman, Senior Project Manager, Commercial Services, Coalfire

    The FedRAMP Business Case for being considered for this cycle of the Joint Authorization Board (JAB) has been pushed out to August 31 at 5:00pm eastern. The additional time is to accommodate the large number of requests to document demand verification. Earlier the JAB has stated that federal demand across the U.S. government is the primary selection criteria for cloud service providers to be selected. This demand can be shown in current customers, on premise customers interested in a cloud offering, and potential customers documented through RFI/RFPs.

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  • Meeting FedRAMP and Government Standards – Coalfire Securealities Report

    Tom McAndrew, Chief Executive Officer, Coalfire

    Coalfire released the results of its first annual FedRAMP Marketplace report – Securing Your Cloud Solutions: Research and Analysis on meeting FedRAMP and Government Standards. The findings highlight many positives for cloud service providers and federal agencies, but also opportunities for both to improve. The report examined more than 500 FedRAMP assessment and advisory engagements that Coalfire conducted, analysis of FedRAMP.gov authorized and in-process csp listings and interviews with information security executives with FedRAMP experience.

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  • FedRAMP Tailored program for low-risk use cloud service offerings

    Abel Sussman, Senior Project Manager, Commercial Services, Coalfire

    On February 16, the FedRAMP Project Management Office (PMO) released the new FedRAMP Tailored security controls baseline for public comment (comment period closes March 17, 2017).  The new FedRAMP Tailored security controls baseline was created for Cloud Service Providers (CSPs) who have cloud service offerings (CSO) that do not require the more stringent process of FedRAMP Moderate or FedRAMP High security control baselines.

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  • Cloud Burst?

    Jeremy Gibbons, AWS Channel Lead, Coalfire

    The cloud can burst!? This week’s AWS service disruption showed us the importance of architecting a system to account for failure, and how to be successful when deploying your solution in the cloud.

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  • FedRAMP Readiness Assessment Report (RAR) template launched

    Abel Sussman, Senior Project Manager, Commercial Services, Coalfire

    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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