FedRAMP Authorized? Excellent. Get Ready for the Hard Part.
Achieving FedRAMP authorization is a complex, expensive undertaking. But staying authorized is a daily grind. Even the most disciplined, well-resourced security teams have trouble keeping up with FedRAMP’s Continuous Monitoring requirements.
So let 38North do it for you.
FedRAMP Continuous Monitoring Requirements
The FedRAMP Continuous Monitoring Strategy Guide describes the complex, ongoing process required to maintain FedRAMP authorization. While some elements are addressed by your 3PAO – such as the formal annual assessment – most of the work falls on you as the Cloud Service Provider (CSP).
38North Continuous Monitoring-as-a-Service
38North helps you keep pace with these relentless ConMon activity and deliverable requirements by providing dedicated support to your continued authorization. From staff augmentation for focused tasks, to outsourced support to every FedRAMP ConMon activity, 38North can carry much of the ConMon compliance burden.
Our Continuous Monitoring as-a-Service approach uses your existing tools and processes to meet all FedRAMP requirements. Our Subject Matter Experts have years of experience supporting ConMon for FedRAMP and nearly every US cabinet agency. We understand how these organizations evaluate ConMon submissions and can navigate around roadblocks to keep you continually authorized.
FedRAMP Continuous Monitoring requires:
- Daily maintenance of security monitoring and audit logging infrastructure
- Monthly scanning, reporting and submission of Plans of Action and Milestones (POA&M) documentation
- Monthly meetings with FedRAMP and/or Agency Authorizing Officials
- Quarterly FedRAMP authorization package and documentation updates
- Annual incident response and contingency plan testing and reporting
- Regular adherence to critical processes such as training, change control, supply chain management and access control reviews
- Periodic Security Impact Analyses, deviation requests and FedRAMP Significant Change Request Form completion
ConMon is Important. But It Shouldn’t Become Your Top Priority.
FedRAMP ConMon can quickly overwhelm your priority list, bogging your teams down with compliance activity. With us, your internal IT and security teams can avoid compliance fatigue and stay focused on the priorities that matter most to your organization.
Our continuous monitoring services – offered all together or a la carte as needed – include:
|ConMon Planning and Communications||Keep the ConMon project plan up-to-date, and handle FedRAMP, Agency and 3PAO scheduling.||Avoid logistical and communications headaches while ensuring on time achievement of all internal and external FedRAMP milestones.|
|Documentation and Evidence Maintenance||We manage the documents that form that core of your FedRAMP authorization package, while leading the quarterly and annual review and update efforts. We also produce and track evidence of compliance to facilitate your 3PAOs annual assessment.||With decades of experience maintaining authorization packages, we can efficiently review and update documentation, freeing your resources to stay focused on organizational priorities.|
|Vulnerability Scanning and POA&Ms||We update, configure, run and interpret the asset discovery, network, application and database scans mandated by FedRAMP. We also work with your team to update the formal POA&M submission template and complete all required monthly reporting.||Scanning issues are the primary cause of ConMon failures. We keep your scanning tools tuned and up to date, while ensuring full coverage of your asset inventory. We also help filter false positives to present an accurate monthly picture to FedRAMP.|
|FedRAMP Penetration Testing||We conduct focused penetration testing prior to the formal annual assessment.||Pretesting proactively identifies issues that may have emerged since the last test, to ensure a clean annual assessment.|
|Support to FedRAMP Processes||Hands-on support to critical process areas, such as audit log reviews, change control, patch and vulnerability management, and access control reviews.||Keep process, documentation and evidence collection from overwhelming your operational teams.|
|Software Assurance||The 38North software assurance team conducts static and dynamic code assessments to meet FedRAMP code review requirements.||Code analysis tools are notorious for drowning developers in false positives. We triage findings for you, and then work with developers to remediate issues without impacting functionality.|
|Enterprise Training Oversight||Develop all required training and also oversee general awareness and specialized training for personnel supporting the FedRAMP boundary.||We bring specialized approaches that address FedRAMP’s unique training, tracking and reporting requirements.|
|Incident Response and Contingency Plan Testing||We plan, coordinate, conduct and document incident response and contingency plan testing.||Tackle the technical and logistical challenges of conducting and documenting exercises that meet FedRAMP’s exacting requirements.|
|Supply Chain Security||FedRAMP requires strict scrutiny of third-parties and suppliers that support your system. We will oversee the security and compliance posture of all external suppliers, document system interconnections and ensure they meet FedRAMP conditions.||Make certain that third-parties continuously meet security requirements so that supplier compliance issues do not jeopardize your FedRAMP authorization.|
|Representation at Key Meetings||38North senior advisors represent our clients at monthly, quarterly, annual and on-demand meetings with the FedRAMP Program Management Office (PMO), Agency Authorizing Officials (AOs), the Department of Defense (DoD) and other stakeholders as required.||By speaking FedRAMP and Agency AO language, we advocate on your behalf to ensure that the strength and effectiveness of your security and compliance posture is fully communicated to the government.|
|Annual Assessment Support||While your 3PAO conducts the annual assessment, we help you collect technical evidence, clean up documentation and prep your teams in advance. We can also represent you in front of your 3PAO, Agency AOs and the FedRAMP JAB.||With your team prepared, evidence collected and system hardened, we facilitate a fast, smooth, clean annual assessment.|
Contact us to get started. The first step is a one hour introductory session. In this call we get introduced, gather technical details and figure out which of our FedRAMP ConMon services make the most sense for you. We also offer unbilled follow up calls if you have any additional questions or need consulting advice as you prepare for FedRAMP continuous monitoring.
Following our initial meetings, formal proposals and pricing are submitted within one week. We can kick off ConMon services within two weeks of contract signature.