Is US Federal Government a potential buyer for your cloud-offering,
however unsure where to start? Or are you looking to expand your
footprint in the FedRAMP Marketplace?

Partner with the most experienced 3PAO consultants who know how
to navigate all the nuances of FedRAMP authorization. Fortreum
team members have led FedRAMP Assessment and Advisory
engagements since the program’s inception.

Why Choose Fortreum?

We simplify cloud and cybersecurity for our customers

Fortreum has enterprise grade experience with the right blend of technical and analytical experience to support your cybersecurity and cloud needs.

Contact us to discuss your cyber and cloud business needs. We’re happy to share our insights and work with you as your business evolves.

    Business Considerations

    Planning is Essential

    FedRAMP is not a low-cost endeavor. If a cloud service provider attempts to jump right into FedRAMP without a preliminary understanding, they may be burdened with undue costs and time delays. Therefore, we always recommend a gap assessment up front, to quickly identify the major items that could hinder a successful assessment.

    All 3PAOs Are Not the Same

    The FedRAMP Marketplace annotates how many assessments a 3PAO has performed. However, that is at the company level, not the individual assessor level. Ensure you are working with a Project Lead or 3PAO team that is well-versed in performing FedRAMP assessments of similar scope and complexity of your cloud service offering.

    Establish a ConMon Strategy Early

    The key to maintaining a FedRAMP authorization is to have a comprehensive continuous monitoring strategy. This strategy includes maintaining the proper staffing levels, ensuring vulnerability scans are being performed and analyzed on a frequent basis, and closely monitoring all plan of action and milestones on an ongoing basis.

    Ensure Federal Mandates Are Met

    While there is an extensive set of security requirements in order to achieve FedRAMP authorization, there are core federal mandates that must be fully met to achieve a FedRAMP authorization. The FedRAMP Readiness Assessment Report (RAR) process outlines these requirements are federal mandates. Ensure these federal mandates are in place prior to progressing your authorization.

    Why is FedRAMP important?

    In order to sell a cloud service offering to a Federal Agency, the specific offering must obtain a FedRAMP authorization. FedRAMP allows the adoption of the cloud by creating a process with associated standards and templates to document, assess, and authorize cloud service offerings. These offerings are then leveraged across the US Government to eliminate duplicative assessment and authorization efforts that have existed since FISMA became a law.

    Why should my organization care?

    FedRAMP can, and will, open many doors to your organization. While it may take 2-3 authorizations from Agencies to reap the initial return on investment, it should be noted that the vast majority of cloud service providers have 3 or more authorizations for their offering. There are over 40 providers who have at least 10 authorizations. The benefit of FedRAMP is that the assessment is leveraged across all of these authorizations, both reducing the time to authorization at each agency, as well as the internal time needed to support multiple security assessments living up to FedRAMP’s ‘do once, use many’ framework.