In the unfortunate event that a breach occurs, organizations must have a plan in place to respond and recover. StateRAMP borrows requirements from FedRAMP and NIST 800-53 to define how exactly state and local governments can implement incident response into their overall security infrastructure.
Much hay has been made about how cloud providers can take advantage of the new StateRAMP program. Only a few years into operations, there are already questions about how governments and cloud providers can leverage the requirements to bring top-tier cybersecurity to a local level. One of these questions involves the adoption of StateRAMP standards… Read More
In February 2022, the FedRAMP Program Management Office updated the rules for their threat-based profiling methodology. This little-known approach to FedRAMP risk profiling and the rating security controls serves as the program’s effort to streamline authorization and program management with industry knowledge and agile development methodologies.
The cloud service ecosystem for FedRAMP authorization has been growing year over year, as has the demand for the reuse of cloud products across agencies. To facilitate cloud product adoption across different agencies without compromising security and usability, FedRAMP provides a quick process to help reuse these services.
One of the foundational pieces of information that a cloud provider needs to know when preparing for their FedRAMP Authorization is the required Impact Level. These levels aren’t generic labels applied by agencies to highlight the importance of their data–they are clearly-defined categories laid out by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to… Read More
Providers looking into StateRAMP authentication standards may find themselves staring into a stack of requirements documents across multiple security frameworks and government contexts. Not only is this unhelpful for these providers, but it also makes the process sound much more intimidating than it needs to be. In this article, we’ll take a high-level view of… Read More
FedRAMP Authorization is a complicated undertaking due in no small part to the layers of requirements that cloud offerings must meet throughout the process. As part of the government’s turn to more comprehensive security, FedRAMP requirements include significant risk management standards that all providers must meet.
There are two clear paths through FedRAMP Authorization–the agency path and the much less-common Joint Authorization Board (JAB) path. While much more rigorous, this second course opens up several critical doors for cloud offerings that provide real and significant value to various federal agencies. However, the JAB path is exclusive and requires that cloud service… Read More
Last week, we discussed the process for Agency Authorization under FedRAMP guidelines. This route is, by far, the most common form of Authorization and one that most cloud providers will engage with. However, there are several use cases where a provider may seek more rigorous assessment to better open doors to serve with agencies across… Read More
As cloud service providers pursue their FedRAMP authorization process, they face a significant choice stemming from their ultimate goals in the federal space. This decision is based on how they are pursuing their working relationships with federal agencies and how well the provider is prepared for the rigorous FedRAMP assessment process. When a provider enters… Read More
Ongoing maintenance and upkeep are a cornerstone of all cybersecurity regulations and frameworks. And for a good reason. The rapidly changing threat landscape that businesses and government agencies face daily necessitates an ever-vigilant approach to cybersecurity. Vulnerability scanning is an important part of compliance and security across almost every data-driven industry. Here, we’re discussing what StateRAMP… Read More
There is no substitute for a competent and impartial auditor in terms of compliance, security, and correct operations. Organizations that can assess and certify technologies and organizations are essential for ensuring accountability and standards of excellence in place, applying to systems that store sensitive data. To modify a common saying, “who watches the auditors?” That’s… Read More
StateRAMP takes several of its requirements from FedRAMP, and perhaps one of the most important requirements is continuous monitoring. Continuous monitoring ensures that systems that earned StateRAMP Authorization remain in compliance year after year, avoiding gaps in security and protecting the interest of state and local governments.
StateRAMP is now nearly two years old, and the small project is quickly becoming a mainstay in the security industry. State and local governments are looking for a solid cybersecurity framework that they can use to vet and certify cloud providers that they may work with. In this article, we’ll talk about the basics of… Read More
The federal government leans more heavily on technology providers, including cloud computing platforms that support data storage, processing, and office application solutions. Accordingly, the question of data security is live, and the government’s response is to implement the FedRAMP authorization requirement. Like many other government programs, FedRAMP can threaten to bury the under prepared provider… Read More
Protecting patient information is a crucial and necessary part of healthcare… but so is communicating effectively with patients. Considering that email continues to be the most common form of electronic communication, it stands to reason that providers meet patients where they are. However, HIPAA regulations have rather strict requirements for protecting PHI, and plain email… Read More
Any organization in the healthcare industry knows that cybersecurity is a critical component of doing business. So much so, in fact, that any enterprise handling protected health information (PHI) must implement and maintain strict cybersecurity and privacy controls to protect patient data from unauthorized disclosure. However, understanding that HIPAA is a requirement for operation doesn’t… Read More