FedRAMP Plans for 2017

Abel Sussman, Senior Project Manager, Commercial Services, Coalfire

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). 

For 2017, the program is planning to increase its cloud service offerings from 72 to 150 and increase the number of Authorizations to Operate (ATO) from 345 to 750. This would double the amount of compliant cloud service providers (CSPs) within one year; which is especially impressive considering it took four years to achieve the current level of participation.  Additionally, the program intends to bring 50 more cloud service providers to new FedRAMP Ready status. Coalfire recently conducted a webinar where we covered the new FedRAMP Readiness process for CSPs wanting to get into the FedRAMP queue. This webinar is available to watch along with a downloadable PDF of the slides presented.

Changes for 2017 also include:

  • introducing new tailored authorizations for low-impact and specific-use software-as-a-service solutions.
  • changes to the Continuous Monitoring program to reduce the time for reauthorization
  • a commitment to keep Provisional Authority to Operate (P-ATO) reviews under 6 months
  • 2 industry days to connect federal agencies with CSPs
  • 2 agency roundtables to share FedRAMP best practices

Coalfire looks forward to helping the cloud service provider community develop compliant security capabilities and collaboration with our government and industry partners. 

Abel Sussman


Abel Sussman — Senior Project Manager, Commercial Services, Coalfire

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