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  • Encryption of Federal Data

    February 19, 2019, Keith Kidd, Director, FedRAMP Assessment, Coalfire

    One of the biggest challenges our customers face when pursuing Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) compliance is the federal mandate that Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) 140-2 validated cryptographic modules must be consistently applied where cryptography is required. Where is cryptography required you ask?

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  • Common Questions and Answers Salesforce ISVs Need to Know for FedRAMP

    July 09, 2018, David Clevenger, Senior Director FedRAMP Assessment Services, Coalfire

    Many Salesforce Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) are interested in pursuing FedRAMP to serve federal customers, but have many questions about the process. The four questions below are the most common questions that Coalfire receives from these ISV partners; we have provided some basic responses to help provide a better understanding of the Salesforce FedRAMP process.

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  • Continuous Monitoring in the Cloud

    June 01, 2018, Michael Pitcher, Vice President, Technical Cyber Services, Coalfire Federal

    I recently spoke at the Cloud Security Alliance’s Federal Summit on the topic “Continuous Monitoring / Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) Concepts in the Cloud.” As government has moved and will continue to move to the cloud, it is becoming increasingly important to ensure continuous monitoring goals are met in this environment. Specifically, cloud assets can be highly dynamic, lacking persistence, and thus traditional methods for continuous monitoring that work for on-premise solutions don’t always translate to the cloud.

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  • Top 10 Things CSPs Need to Know about FedRAMP Authorization on Amazon Web Services

    October 18, 2017, Jennifer Tonisson, Partner Marketing Manager, Technology & Cloud, Coalfire

    Coalfire conducted a webinar, FedRAMP on AWS: What you need to know. The discussion covered what cloud service providers need to know when pursuing FedRAMP authorization leveraging AWS U.S East/West or GovCloud. Below you’ll find the Top 10 things that cloud service providers should know.

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  • FedRAMP JAB Business Case extended

    August 22, 2017, 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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