You may have heard that achieving Authority to Operate (ATO) under the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) is a complicated and time-consuming undertaking. This is likely based on the experience many cloud service providers (CSPs) have when they dive into FedRAMP headfirst without taking the time to plan and prepare for what is undeniably a rigorous endeavor.
There are some common mistakes and misconceptions that are worth addressing to help your CSP business plan for a less stressful, more efficient path, to FedRAMP ATO status. The information in this graphic is based on the assumption that your organization is pursuing agency authorization rather than Joint Authorization Board (JAB) authorization, as this is the route the majority of CSPs take. With that in mind, here are some of the common pitfalls and some suggestions to facilitate the process.
Like virtually all areas of compliance, FedRAMP ATO comes down to having the right people, processes, and technology in place to facilitate transparency, accountability, and efficiency across the entire journey.
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