FedRAMP Overview

All Cloud Service Providers who serve the federal government are required to obtain FedRAMP authorization. There are two paths available for authorization: Joint Authorization Board (JAB) and Agency. For companies with a broad demand for their services, a JAB Provisional Authority to Operate (P-ATO) is the best path for FedRAMP authorization. Companies with a niche market that is targeted at a specific Agency within the federal government should select an Agency Authority to Operate. Companies with multiple cloud offerings may find that one path is better suited for a JAB P-ATO while another is more aligned with the Agency ATO path. Let MegaplanIT help you determine if one or both paths to authorization would best meet the needs of your business. 

Key Benefits:

FedRAMP Assessment

Receive expert advice and guidance on cloud security

Ensure cloud assets are secured in line with FedRAMP requirements.

Protect your cloud environment from sophisticated cyber threats

Become and remain FedRAMP compliant, year after year

Our Approach

  • MegaplanIT conducts the assessment with a Holistic approach to security providing guidance on the System Security Plan and testing implementations submitted to FedRAMP.  
  • We ensure that all aspects of your cloud environment and function are appropriately identified and addressed to ensure complete endorsement to FedRAMP standards.  
  • Low impact testing and validation of security controls as required by FedRAMP allows your business to continue to function normally during the audit process.   
  • Guidance is provided every step of the way from conception to completion, documentation of policies, procedures, test plans, and results will aid in remediation

How it works

Learn how the FedRAMP assessment process is conducted step by step

Step 1.
Project Scope
  • JAB P-ATO, Agency ATO, or both authorizations 
  • Determine the Impact Levels (Low, Medium, High) across Confidentiality, Integrity, and Availability security objectives  
Step 1.
Step 2
Conduct a Preliminary Readiness Assessment
  • Identify gaps in readiness 
  • CSP develops action plans and timeline for remediation 
Step 2
Step 3
Submit for FedRAMP Connect
MegaplanIT will assist you in writing your business case and determining when to submit for review and prioritization by the Joint Authorization Board (JAB) 
Step 3
Step 4
Formal FedRAMP Readiness Assessment
  • Complete Readiness Assessment Report (RAR) 
  • Must be complete within 60 days of becoming prioritized to work with the JAB 
Step 4
Step 5
Submit for FedRAMP Ready Designation
  • Submit completed RAR to the FedRAMP PMO 
  • MegaplanIT will work with the FedRAMP PMO to answer any questions and ensure the process continues to move forward
Step 5
Step 6
Conduct a Full Security Assessment
  • Finalize the System Security Plan (SSP) for the service offering 
  • Develop the Security Assessment Plan (SAP) 
  • Conduct the Security Assessment of the service offering 
  • Complete the Security Assessment Report (SAR) 
  • Develop Plan of Actions and Milestones (POA&M) 
  • Submit full Security Package to FedRAMP PMO for Review
Step 6
Step 7
Authorization Process
Coordinate Kick-off Meeting with JAB, FedRAMP PMO, and CSP 
Step 7
Step 8
Continuous Monitoring
  • Vulnerability Scan Reports 
  • Penetration Test Results 
  • POA&M Updates 
  • Updated Inventory and other documentation 
Step 8

FedRAMP Overview

Recognizing the benefits of cloud computing and the need to reduce federal IT spending, the federal government introduced the “Cloud First” policy with a primary focus for federal agencies to migrate to commercial cloud technologies where practical. With the migration to cloud services, a process for federal agencies to manage risk in the commercial cloud service provider (CSP) environments was needed. As a result, the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program, or FedRAMP, was developed.

Our Approach

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Key Benefits:

FedRAMP Assessment

Receive expert advice and guidance on cloud security

Ensure cloud assets are secured in line with FedRAMP requirements.

Protect your cloud environment from sophisticated cyber threats

Become and remain FedRAMP compliant, year after year

Why Consider FedRAMP Assessments

  • Fedramp harmonizes FISMA and NIST requirements for agency cloud-based IT products and services.  
  • FedRAMP provides a standardized risk-based approach for the Federal Government to leverage cloud servicesFedRAMP ensures the use of cloud services adequately protects and secures federal information. 
  • Documentation: System Security Plan (SSP) as accepted by JAB.
  • Assessment: Security Assessment Plan (SAP) is the testing of security controls and effectiveness within the environment as per the 3PAO.
  • Authorization: Security Assessment Report (SAR) is derived when the submission of evidence to FedRAMP.
  • Monitoring: The continuous efforts to monitor and alter security controls within the could environment to maintain effectiveness

FedRAMP Security Assessment Framework (SAF) and NIST RMF

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MegaplanIT FedRAMP Advisory and Assessment Services

Our team has developed a five-phase process (complimentary to the FedRAMP process) that best enables CSPs to prepare for their pursuit of a FedRAMP Authorization to Operate (ATO):

Pre-Assessment

During this phase, MegaplanIT will:

  • Help validate system inventory and boundary,
  • Perform a detailed review of all controls,
  • Begin conducting any penetration testing, and
  • Perform a quick gap analysis of your current cloud system documentation and provide a high-level roadmap of the next steps and level of effort to remediate.

Readiness Capabilities Assessment

During the initial phase, MegaplanIT will conduct the necessary Readiness Capabilities Assessment to determine your cloud’s readiness for the full FedRAMP assessment and ensure that the CSP meets the minimum requirements to achieve a FedRAMP ATO.

FedRAMP 3PAO Compliance Assessment 

During this phase, MegaplanIT will develop the following required FedRAMP documentation:

  • Security Assessment Plan (SAP)
  • Security Requirements Traceability Matrix (SRTM) to document assessment results
  • Security Assessment Report (SAR) and Recommendation for Authorization.

Consulting Advisory

Throughout the engagement, our teame will advise on system architecture and documentation of the environment and security control implementations. We can also produce a System Security Plan (SSP), Policies and Procedures, and other necessary system documentation as needed.

Continuous Monitoring

Lastly, MegaplanIT will help with any monthly, quarterly, or annual continuous monitoring needs to maintain your authority to operate.

FedRAMP 3PAO Compliance Assessment 

During this phase, MegaplanIT will develop the following required FedRAMP documentation:
• Security Assessment Plan (SAP);
• Security Requirements Traceability Matrix (SRTM) to document assessment results;
• Security Assessment Report (SAR); and
• Recommendation for Authorization.

Consulting Advisory

Throughout the engagement, our teame will advise on system architecture and documentation of the environment and security control implementations. We can also produce a System Security Plan (SSP), Policies and Procedures, and other necessary system documentation as needed.

Continuous Monitoring

Lastly, MegaplanIT will help with any monthly, quarterly, or annual continuous monitoring needs to maintain your authority to operate.

Why Choose MegaplanIT As A FedRAMP partner?

Continuious Customer Support

MegaplanIT supports its client’s strategic planning to ensure controls are being met throughout the year.  This is done via functional testing of all systems, networks, and application layers in the scope of FedRAMP as well as supporting policy and procedures development and verification of proper process execution.

Extensive Federal Framework Experience

Since day one MegaplanIT has been working with clients to implement, measure, and monitor various Federal security frameworks in all capacities.  Whether it’s a gap assessment, FISMA, NERC CIP, NIST SP800 risk assessments, or FedRamp our clients have benefited from our Knowledge and successful engagement execution.

Why Choose MegaplanIT As A FedRAMP partner?

MegaplanIT supports its client’s strategic planning to ensure controls are being met throughout the year.  This is done via functional testing of all systems, networks, and application layers in the scope of FedRAMP as well as supporting policy and procedures development and verification of proper process execution.

Since day one MegaplanIT has been working with clients to implement, measure, and monitor various Federal security frameworks in all capacities.  Whether it’s a gap assessment, FISMA, NERC CIP, NIST SP800 risk assessments, or FedRamp our clients have benefited from our Knowledge and successful engagement execution.

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