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Azure Services That Are FedRAMP-Certified

Microsoft is a leader in FedRAMP certified services–as of September 2017, Microsoft offers 12 services in Azure (the commercial version) that are FedRAMP-certified at the Moderate Impact Level, and 32 services in Azure Government that are FedRAMP-certified at the High Impact Level. Additionally, Azure and Azure Government have both earned P-ATOs from the FedRAMP Joint...

FedRAMP Weekly Tips – August 31 2017

This week, FedRAMP published two tips about security controls and incident response plans: TIP: AC-2 and IA-2 are closely related. Every group, account, or role defined in AC-2 must be explicitly addressed in IA-2. AC-2 is used to define the groups, accounts, and roles, who may be assigned to one, and how they are managed...

FedRAMP Weekly Tips – August 24 2017

This week, FedRAMP published questions and answers that discuss System Security Plans, and continuous monitoring: Q: A service previously documented in the System Security Plan (SSP) was renamed. How do we reflect the name change when we submit a Deviation Request (DR) for a vulnerability that affects the renamed service? A: Please provide a brief...

What Is A Bing Bot?

What Is a Bing Bot and What Are Microsoft Bot Services? So what exactly is a Bing bot? There are Bing bots, Skype bots, Azure bots, Bot payments, Bots for Microsoft Flow and different APIs and frameworks available which can be used to create and manage your own bots. I had the opportunity to interview Paul Stubbs, Director...

Office 365 Government: Co-Authoring in Excel

Collaboration is an essential part of government today, especially in the challenging times we live in. When a critical issue comes up and government offices need to step up, collaborating across agencies can bring a more successful solution. The trouble is, collaborating with disparate technologies frequently leads to integration issues. When there’s something critical on...

FedRAMP Weekly Tips – August 17 2017

This week, FedRAMP published questions and answers that discuss FedRAMP documents, and points of contact: Q: What information does the FedRAMP PMO require for Contingency Plans and Incident Response Plans, and for testing them? A: You must use the Contingency Plan template from the Templates section of the FedRAMP website, at https://www.fedramp.gov/resources/templates-2016/. In Section 6,...

What is ATO as a Service™ for Office 365?

The process to obtain a Office 365 FedRAMP ATO is time consuming, manual, and paper-intensive. Until now! Introducing ATO as a Service™, an exclusive Software as a Service that automates FedRAMP processes, and shortens FedRAMP ATO timeframes for Office 365 government subscriptions. cFocus Software has partnered with Microsoft Corporation to develop ATO as a Service™, allowing...