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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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  • FedRAMP PMO - FedRAMP Process and Developing SSP webinar Q&A

    January 16, 2013, Tom McAndrew, EVP Commercial Services, Coalfire

    The FedRAMP program continues to gain momentum and GSA and the FedRAMP PMO conduct great, interactive, webinars available to attend live or to watch later. There is much to learn from the GSA on how to navigate the FedRAMP process according to their requirements. Read more
  • FedRAMP Question and Answer session from PMO webinar

    November 13, 2012, Tom McAndrew, EVP Commercial Services, Coalfire

    On October 25, the FedRAMP PMO conducted its first webinar, in what will be a series of webinars, on the FedRAMP process. This first webinar covered the four methods that CSPs can get listed in the FedRAMP repository.

    This webinar is well worth the time to listen to it. The PMO had a lengthy Q&A session, which we have transcribed for your convenience below. The FedRAMP PMO also provides a transcription, but leverages a speech-to-text service which garbled some of the phrases and meanings. Our human reviewed Q&A of that section of the webinar is below.

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