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The Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) is one of the most expensive security audits in the world.

What is the key to reducing and managing cost? 

Ignyte is the first ever digital born audit firm focused on reducing internal compliance and external audit burden for Cloud Service Providers (CSPs).

The Ignyte Assurance Platform has been created and developed by former DoD Assessors and Security Managers to ease the burden of FedRAMP Authorization & Attestation (A&A) management efforts. By streamlining Continues Monitoring, POA&M management, evidence collection processes, automating FedRAMP SSP output into compliant word documents, and providing OSCAL ready content, reduces the cost of the actual audit. 

5000+

Audits performed

$700K

Savings per project

100+

ATOs for the US Government

Understanding

FedRAMP Compliance

The Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) is a U.S. government regulation that dictates a standardized approach for security assessment, authorization, and continuous monitoring of cloud products and services offered by cloud service providers (CSPs).

FedRAMP was introduced in 2011 as a memorandum to government agencies CIOs to improve the state of their information technology systems within the federal government. It encourages agencies to explore cloud computing options before they allocate financial resources to new infrastructure.

Prior to FedRAMP, every federal agency managed its own security assessments based on guidance provided by the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA). That resulted in a scattershot, indisciplined approach to assessing the security of CSPS.

FedRAMP affects both federal agencies, such as the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS); as well as CSPs. FedRAMP authorization seeks to determine whether CSPs meet the appropriate federal cloud security guidelines.

To qualify, CSPs must be audited by a third-party assessment organization (3PAO) to confirm whether they are FedRAMP-compliant.

Importance of FedRAMP Compliance

FedRAMP is important to U.S. government agencies because it simplifies the task of finding reliable, trustworthy cloud service providers.

For example, consider a local municipality that wants to upgrade its computer information systems to store consumers’ utility bills in the cloud. Since those bills contain personally identifiable information (PII) and government data, the city will need to find a software-as-a-service program (SaaS) or platform-as-a-service (PaaS) that meets FedRAMP security standards.

FedRAMP is also important for CSPs because without a proper compliance program that meets FedRAMP standards, those CSPs run the risk of losing valuable business relationships with government agencies. They could also lose the trust of customers concerned about the protection of their personal information.

What are FedRAMP Requirements?

The foundation for FedRAMP guidelines is based on the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Special Publication 800-53, which sets forth guidelines for information security controls regarding cloud computing environments.

There are three security baseline levels of FedRAMP authorization:

1 – LOW IMPACT

2 – MODERATE IMPACT

3 – HIGH IMPACT

These levels vary based on the different types of data that CSPs manage and the methods used to secure that data. The degree of severity (low, moderate, and high) refers to the potential impact that can occur should an information system be compromised.

What is in FedRAMP Compliance Checklist?

To help you get started with FedRAMP certification, we’ve also compiled this checklist from our guide to FedRAMP compliance:

  1. Create your System Security Plan (SSP) for all information security controls.
  2. Implement continuous monitoring to pinpoint and remediate vulnerabilities as they occur.
  3. Re-evaluate your security controls regularly to assure they are still effective at mitigating all cybersecurity risks.
  4. Align employees, security officers, and government liaisons on your FedRAMP information system security program.
  5. When submitting a Readiness Assessment Report (RAR), or an update, notify info@fedramp.gov to ensure review.
  6. Use a 3PAO assessor to conduct your Security Assessment Plan (SAP) and/or Security Assessment Report (SAR).
What companies need to be FedRAMP-certified?

To contract with government agencies under the umbrella of the FedRAMP marketplace, all cloud-based managed service providers must obtain FedRAMP certification.

How much does it cost to get FedRAMP certified?

Several factors go into FedRAMP certification cost. These include:

  • The complexity of your cloud services.
  • Whether you are seeking authorization from one agency or from the Joint Authorization Board (JAB), which serves multiple government agencies at once.
  • Whether your risk severity is deemed low, moderate, or high.
  • The size of the gap between your existing controls and documentation and what’s required for FedRAMP authorization.
  • The resources you have available to prepare for the FedRAMP authorization process.

With all these factors, it is safe to assume that FedRAMP authorization costs can range from $75,000 to $3.5 million.

How FedRAMP Automation saves costs on compliance?

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FedRAMP Automation

Lower Costs I Better Efficiency I Faster Audits

Automate ConMON (Continuous Monitoring)

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Leverage the POA&M App

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Effortlessly Generate SSP Reports

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Map, Consolidate & Keep Evidence Up to Date

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