3PAO Articles

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...

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,...

FedRAMP Weekly Tips – July 20 2017

This week, FedRAMP published two tips that discuss Cloud Service Offering Assessments and the requirements for a security assessment report and readiness assessment report: TIP: What does a typical Third Party Assessment Organization (3PAO) Team performing a Cloud Service Offering (CSO) assessment look like according to FedRAMP? FedRAMP requires that all assessments must be staffed by an...

FedRAMP Weekly Tips – July 13 2017

This week, FedRAMP published a weekly tip that discusses requirements for vulnerability scanning: Q: What are the FedRAMP requirements for vulnerability scanning? A: Vulnerability scanning must occur for Operating System (OS)/ infrastructure, databases, and web application components in the Cloud Service offering authorization boundary. The scanning parameters for the components must be defined in the Security...