FedRAMP Technical Readiness Assessment

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FedRAMP Technical Readiness Assessment
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Before “Set” or “Go,” You Need to Answer “Ready?”

The US Federal Government is one of the biggest software buyers in the world: in 2023 alone, it has over $83 billion budgeted for tools and technologies of all sizes. Because of the government’s cloud-first policy, many of these budgets are specifically focused on SaaS-based software products.
Does your company have a SaaS-based product that would help the government secure its systems, manage its assets, schedule its staff, increase its productivity, or provide any of hundreds of other benefits? If so, the US government might be your largest prospective customer. And virtually every road to this market goes through FedRAMP.

What Is FedRAMP?

The Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (or “FedRAMP”) provides a standardized approach to cybersecurity authorizations for Cloud Service Offerings (CSOs). FedRAMP is a US government-wide program that promotes the adoption of secure cloud services across the federal government by providing a single, standardized approach to security and risk assessment for cloud technologies used within federal agencies.

While FedRAMP security controls are largely based on familiar NIST 800-53 cybersecurity controls, there are crucial differences.

  • FedRAMP compliance is highly prescriptive, with specific control values that require both evidence and tracking
  • FedRAMP compliance levels are highly variable, with distinct levels of stringency – like “Moderate,” “High,” and “Low-Impact-SaaS” – for different data protection levels
  • FedRAMP achievement or “Authority to Operate” (ATO) can follow many convoluted paths, whether Agency-based or JAB-based
  • FedRAMP is more than point-in-time compliance: it requires ongoing, strictly defined continuous monitoring (ConMon services) in order for products and services to maintain their ATO status once issued
  • FedRAMP compliance requires an enormous amount of document and records, with required reports like RAR, SAR, SSP, ISCP, Policies, Procedures, and POA&M
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What Is Anitian’s Technical Readiness Assessment (TRA) For FedRAMP?

TRA for FedRAMP is a technology-first approach to assessing an organization’s readiness for FedRAMP. TRA for FedRAMP is a hybrid solution that blends FedRAMP-proven technology and real-world expertise to help SaaS providers understand FedRAMP requirements, gauge their current solutions, and understand what obstacles they can expect (and which pitfalls they can avoid) along their path to ATO.

TRA for FedRAMP combines a detailed, expertise-driven assessment of your solution’s current architecture and security posture with a programmatic, automated evaluation of required controls, your application or services’ cloud environment, and potential security issues. It determines how ready your application or service is to undergo the rigors of FedRAMP assessment, as well as the ability of your product and technologies to make it through to ATO and availability in the FedRAMP marketplace. Customers who complete the assessments provided in TRA for FedRAMP can use the information they receive to make informed decisions about their FedRAMP process, their options, and how the SecureCloud platform can accelerate their journey.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Anitian’s Technical Readiness Assessment for FedRAMP


How do I get stared with Anitian’s TRA for FedRAMP

If you have a SaaS-based application or service and want to sell it to the federal government, give us a call. We can tell you how many competing products are winning bids in the FedRAMP marketplace, set up a demo, and answer questions about the TRA for FedRAMP process.

Is TRA for FedRAMP a part of Anitian’s Secure Cloud platform technology?

Yes, TRA for FedRAMP leverages much of the same tooling, packages and expertise that makes Secure Cloud one of the best solutions for creating and maintaining ATO and ATO-ready FedRAMP offerings. It essentially provides Phase 1 of an extensive, multi-phase FedRAMP project.

How long does the TRA for FedRAMP process take?

Once a kickoff has occurred with your stakeholders, TRA for FedRAMP takes an average of 30-45 days to provide the completed readiness assessments and advice.

Other than assessing technical readiness, what advice does Anitian offer at the completion of a TRA for FedRAMP deployment?

Final reports from Anitian include advice on the staffing and resources needed for an ATO-ready FedRAMP project, as well as recommendations on any changes to your application, environment, or processes.

What Do I Get From TRA For FedRAMP?

Anitian’s TRA for FedRAMP provides answers to hard questions from Day One. It assesses a handpicked set of critical cybersecurity controls that are proven to have the most impact on your ability to achieve ATO. To make this assessment, TRA for FedRAMP uses a combination of Anitian technology and a series of interviews with Anitian’s on-staff compliance experts.
TRA for FedRAMP performs discovery throughout your AWS public cloud infrastructure, scans environments for vulnerabilities, helps analysts determine solution boundaries, and discovers gaps in configuration items for encryption, access, secrets management and other control groups. It performs manual and automated rule evaluations and provides its Compliance Insights dashboard to provide an ongoing, continuing assessment of the most critical FedRAMP controls. Throughout this process, detailed dashboards and reports show current readiness of your solution, the impact of noncompliant resources, uncover critical issues, and provide advice on how to take the next steps on your FedRAMP journey.

How Close Will TRA for FedRAMP Get Us to Our Goal of ATO?

TRA for FedRAMP is a steppingstone to a larger evaluation. Every Anitian customer who embarks on the journey to the FedRAMP marketplace must make an early, data-driven evaluation of their current offering. They must assess its architecture and design, its security controls, its reporting mechanisms, and the way its data is managed. Some solutions are built with FedRAMP in mind, and some require significant changes.
Anitian customers who have achieved FedRAMP ATO have all gone through the same early-stage process that TRA for FedRAMP covers, before moving on to later phases such as Deployment, Application Onboarding, ConMon service creation, and development of their Operational Readiness Checklist. In every case these customers have found our unique combination of early-stage technologies and services – now packaged as TRA for FedRAMP – to provide precious insight, help their teams make more informed decisions, and shine a spotlight on some of the challenges that may lie ahead.

What Is the State of Our Current FedRAMP Efforts? How Close Are We, or How Far?

Anitian’s TRA for FedRAMP comes with many of the unique capabilities of the full SecureCloud platform. Among these is the Compliance Insights capability, a dynamic dashboard that provides ongoing programmatic insight into your application’s current state of compliance.
Compliance Insights supports the high degree of transparency required in the FedRAMP process by tracking specific states of NIST controls, “remembering” their changes, and pairing them with a rich visualization layer. It not only answers questions about the application’s current states of security and compliance, but also shows how long or how much effort is required to move non-compliant resources – whether customer-created code, hosts, containers, serverless functions or storage – into compliant and ATO-ready states.

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