Authorization Paths in the New FedRAMP OMB Memorandum

In the ever-expanding cosmos of cloud computing, the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) is the primary standard for cloud service providers working with federal agencies. Recognizing this, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has released a draft memorandum to revitalize FedRAMP, signaling a pivotal transformation to enhance the program’s efficiency, agility, and responsiveness to modern security threats. 

This article will explore the newly proposed authorization paths for FedRAMP, how they differ from the previous standard, and what that might mean for cloud products and providers. 


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Cloud Architecture and FedRAMP Authorization Boundaries

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Cloud computing and modern service models of software or infrastructure distribution present a problem to providers and customers alike–namely, how to properly assess and certify components in a way that considers the relationship between different modules, platforms, and apps. FedRAMP requirements define how assessors and Authorization approach different cloud offering service models to mitigate the issues related to this complexity and ensure the security of any given cloud offering used by federal agencies.

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