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  • FedRAMP High Baseline Requirements Published

    June 28, 2016, Abel Sussman, Senior Project Manager, Commercial Services, Coalfire

    The Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) Project Management Office officially released its High baseline for High impact-level systems. This baseline is at the High/High/High categorization level for confidentiality, integrity, and availability in accordance with FIPS 199; and is mapped to the security controls from the NIST SP 800-53, Rev. 4 catalog of security controls. Previously, the FedRAMP authorization process was only designed for low and moderate impact systems.

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  • Embracing the Cloud's Potential for Security

    June 17, 2014, Rick Dakin, CEO, Co-founder and Chief Security Strategist

    I spoke recently at TIA’s Network of the Future conference. At the session, which was heavier on vendors than operators, the discussion was very focused on the cloud. Everyone wants to know what’s coming next and if they’re ready for it.

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  • FedRAMP deadline- Industry and Agency Days

    May 15, 2014, Rob Barnes, Director, Federal Practice

    The FedRAMP PMO sent out a notification that they are holding a FedRAMP Industry Day on June 4, 2014 and an Agency Day on June 10, 2014. Items to discuss include the June 5, 2014 deadline, NIST SP 800-53 rev 4 transitions and the 3PAO privitization progress to name a few. We wanted to republish the notification for those that may not have seen the notification.

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  • Determining if your Company is Prepared for FedRAMP

    May 13, 2013, Tom McAndrew, EVP Commercial Services, Coalfire

    Many companies interested in pursuing FedRAMP are seeking guidelines, checklists and any referenceable source  to help them understand and determine their level of preparedness to go through the FedRAMP process. The GSA's FedRAMP.gov site provides documentation on the FedRAMP process in their "Guide to Understanding FedRAMP."  In it is a 12-step checklist to help organizations gauge their readiness for FedRAMP.  

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  • Agencies to report progress with FedRAMP

    April 26, 2013, Tom McAndrew, EVP Commercial Services, Coalfire

    The FedRAMP PMO recently conducted webinars on April 23 and 25 regarding Agencies requirement to report their progress on compliance with FedRAMP. The discussion covered the FedRAMP progress to date, the reporting requirements and process for moving services to FedRAMP authorized cloud service providers. You will find the archived webinars on the Past Events page of FedRAMP.gov when they are available.

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