The World’s Most Experienced, Technically-Expert Cloud Advisory Team
No other company brings our level of technical expertise to the FedRAMP and cloud security compliance challenge.
FedRAMP is the world’s most demanding cybersecurity compliance standard. Achieving FedRAMP compliance often requires changes to business operations. And maintaining continuous accreditation means avoiding compliance pitfalls in the drive towards technical innovation.
Supporting the Global Reality of Modern Cloud Services
As an international advisory firm, we specialize in helping global organizations navigate complex, overlapping international cloud compliance standards. We guide international companies through FedRAMP compliance and US government procurement processes, to bring international cloud capabilities to bear on US government challenges. We also help US-based organizations translate FedRAMP requirements into the language of international cloud compliance. Our relationships across the major cloud compliance standard bodies, combined with our network of in-country partnerships, enable cloud business on a global scale.
Dedicated Senior-Level Support to Navigate Modern Business and Compliance Challenges.
FedRAMP advisory requires senior, experienced support, to engineer creative, enduring cloud security and compliance solutions. We guarantee our clients dedicated, senior-level expertise. 38North’s core team of over 30 Senior Advisors have been architecting secure, compliant clouds for the US federal government since before FedRAMP launched. We’ve worked with diverse technical configurations, across every cloud model, from hyperscale cloud providers to the smallest startups, domestic and internationally.
Compliance Support So Technical, Even Your Engineers Will Love It.
There isn’t an engineering or development team anywhere on earth that gets excited about an outside compliance team telling them how to build.
So we don’t do that.
Instead, we embed with your engineering and development teams. We understand why they work they way they do. And we help them appreciate the technical security reasons that underpin the more stringent compliance requirements.
Eventually, even the most compliance-weary technical teams quickly learn to trust and respect our guidance as, working together, we chart a course towards a compliant, secure future.
Our c-suite friendly Senior Advisors combine technical expertise with decades of experience in complex business and government environments. Where possible, we help you efficiently shape existing processes and security programs to achieve compliance. When not, we work with your team to build and present business cases, advise budgets, support go-to-market strategies and maximize your return on investment in FedRAMP compliance.
Engineering Secure, Compliant Solutions to Modern Cloud Challenges.
Our approach is tailored to meet client-specific objectives. Some clients just need a basic gap analysis and staff augmentation support. Others want to outsource their entire security compliance and continuous monitoring programs. We work with every major FedRAMP IaaS provider, including AWS, Google Cloud Platform (GCP), Microsoft Azure, IBM, VMware and Oracle.
We’re also known across the FedRAMP ecosystem, from the Joint Authorization Board (JAB), to the US Cabinet Agencies and across the US Department of Defense. We understand what these organizations look for when assessing, accrediting and choosing Cloud Service Providers. Based on your chosen path to compliance, we can anticipate objections and avoid roadblocks to provide a smooth transition to FedRAMP compliance.
Our FedRAMP advisory support includes the following services:
FedRAMP Gap Analysis:
Gap analyses are perfect for CSPs that are new to FedRAMP and don’t know how to get started. Our FedRAMP gap analysis will educate you on the process while evaluating your cloud solutions to see how they fare against the FedRAMP minimum security control baselines. The gap analysis results in a prioritized roadmap of actions to keep you focused on the most critical risks and challenges that might complicate your authorization. We also help you estimate the cost to undergo independent assessment by an accredited FedRAMP Third-Party Assessment Organization (3PAO) and attain FedRAMP authorization.
FedRAMP Advisory Support:
If you’ve committed to the FedRAMP process but need help developing the required documentation, our advisory support can help. 38North’s experienced FedRAMP consultants can develop all FedRAMP documentation. This documentation includes but is not limited to the FedRAMP Initiation Request, FIPS 199 categorization, System Security Plan (SSP), Contingency Plan, Incident Response Plan, Configuration Management Plan, Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA), eAuthentication Workbook, User Guide, Rules of Behavior and FedRAMP policies/procedures.
FedRAMP Assessment Support:
If you’re preparing for your first FedRAMP assessment but need some assistance, let our experienced FedRAMP consultants handle the hassle of dealing with a 3PAO. We are well-versed with the quirks of the FedRAMP process and can expeditiously resolve findings and streamline the authorization process. We also have relationships across the 3PAO community to help resolve misunderstandings and facilitate a smooth assessment.
FedRAMP Remediation Support:
This service is for those CSPs that recently completed a FedRAMP assessment and need some assistance with the planning, development and implementation of remedial measures. This may come in the form of new technologies, policies, plans, procedures or training and awareness sessions. It may also mean tailoring current organizational processes to squeeze a little more out of existing investments.
FedRAMP Continuous Monitoring:
Achieving FedRAMP accreditation is tricky. But holding on to that accreditation is even harder. 38North’s Continuous Monitoring packages take care of daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual continuous monitoring tasks so you can stay focused on your organization’s success.
Contact us to get started. The first step is a one hour introductory and readiness session, to understand your business landscape and gather technical details, while also making sure that we’re a mutual fit. We also offer unbilled follow up calls if you have any additional questions or need consulting advice as you gear up for the FedRAMP marathon.
Following our initial meetings, formal proposals and pricing are submitted within approximately one week. We can kick-off with a dedicated senior-level team within two to three weeks of contract signature.