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FedRAMP Assessment

As the independent 3PAO, we perform testing to allow government agencies or the Joint Authorization Board, the information needed to make an authorization (ATO) decision to utilize a CSP.

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What is FedRAMP?

FedRAMP is a program that enables cloud services providers (CSPs) to meet the security requirements embedded with FISMA and the NIST publications so that an agency may outsource with the confidence that its cloud provider partner is meeting those requirements.

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What to expect for your FedRAMP Assessment

We begin each project with your end goals in mind and to provide preparation for future key project activities. Effective communication and timely coordination of project planning activities are central to our methodology with our clients.

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FedRAMP Ready

Core CSP Activities
Submit documentation and evidence key controls

Schellman 3PAO Activities
Schellman Conduct an independent readiness assessment and issue a formal Readiness Assessment Report (RAR) per the FedRAMP Ready program guidelines.

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Documentation

Core CSP Activities
Develop and submit core security program documentation including the System Security Plan (SSP) and related policies and procedures to the Agency or JAB.

Schellman 3PAO Activities
Schellman performs readiness review of the SSP and supporting documentation.

While client is finalizing its SSP, Schellman begins to collaborative draft the security assessment plan.

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Testing

Core CSP Activities
Stage 1: Review and approve SAP prior to submission to the Agency or JAB

Stage 2: Assist Schellman by providing any required documentation and testing evidence. Document any Plan of Action and Milestones (POA&M) generated from the assessment.

Schellman 3PAO Activities
Stage 1: Draft and submit the SAP to the Agency or JAB for approval.

Stage 2: Conduct testing of all in-scope controls, complete detailed control finding matrices, and issue SAR.

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Finalization

Core CSP Activities
Submit security assessment package.

Schellman 3PAO Activities
Provide clarification to the Agency or JAB and/or client as required to complete the authorization process.

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Maintenance

Core CSP Activities
Conduct annual continuous monitoring activities as specified in the FedRAMP Annual Assessment Guidance.

Schellman 3PAO Activities
Conduct annual assessment of core controls as well as 1/3 of the remaining NIST control set along with review of POA&Ms and remediation. Conduct annual penetration testing and oversee scanning activities as required.

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Your FedRAMP Specialist,
Steve Halbrook

Steve Halbrook is a Principal at Schellman & Company, LLC. Steve is a FedRAMP and FISMA practice leader and assists with service delivery across all service lines including SOC, PCI-DSS, ISO, FedRAMP, FISMA and HIPAA services.
  • Fixed-Fee Using an outcome-based, fixed-fee pricing model based on our extensive experience
  • Scope Creep We see less than 5% of our clients that see amendments and are often the result of a scope expansion
  • Low Overhead Low overhead means a flexible financial structure

How much will your audit cost?

Whether it is an ISO 27001 certification, SOC 2 examination or a FedRAMP assessment, companies are often challenged by the need to address customer requirements while ensuring a return on compliance investment.

The most important factor in scoping a potential assessment is understanding what deliverable the recipient (i.e. your customer or partner) is expecting.

Once we have scoped your environment and needs, there are several factors that contribute to Schellman’s pricing:

  • Fixed-Fee Using an outcome-based, fixed-fee pricing model based on our extensive experience
  • Scope Creep We see less than 5% of our clients that see amendments and are often the result of a scope expansion
  • Low Overhead Low overhead means a flexible financial structure

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Our Commitment to Impartiality

Schellman complies with ISO/IEC 17020:2012 and is governed by the American Association of Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA) which accredits FedRAMP 3rd Party Assessment Organizations (3PAOs).

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