Is FedRAMP Mandatory?

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Cybersecurity is all over the news. With the SolarWinds and Colonial Pipelines hack, we’ve learned the hard way that critical infrastructure is something we cannot take for granted. That’s why it is so important that IT providers understand why compliance frameworks like FedRAMP are necessary.

Is FedRAMP compliance mandatory? Yes. If you provide cloud services to a federal agency, you must earn your FedRAMP ATO. However, instead of seeing this as another hoop to jump through, take the time to better understand why this is so critical for national security and how it can be a huge benefit to your company overall.

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SOC 2 Reports Explained

SOC 2 compliance is an essential component of information security for many businesses and organizations.

What is a SOC 2 Report?

Introduced in 2011, Service Organization Control (SOC) reports are becoming more and more popular in data security and compliance discussions with every passing year, especially SOC 2. But what is a SOC report? Which one do you need? Why is a SOC 2 report so important?

There are three types of SOC reports, which are “designed for the growing number of technology and cloud computing entities that are becoming very common in the world of service organizations,” according to ssae16.org. If a SOC 1 report handles the financial transactions a company makes, SOC 2 reports on the security behind those financial transactions, making it more relevant than ever in the growing wake of credit card fraud and data breaches.

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FedRAMP or FISMA – What’s the Difference

FedRAMP and FISMA

Government compliance standards can seem like a veritable alphabet soup. Making matters worse, many of them, like FedRAMP and FISMA seem to overlap, and many organizations aren’t sure which rules are mandatory to do business. With the rise of cloud computing, there has been an increased emphasis within the government to transition to commercial cloud services. It is mandated within the government to move to cloud-based services if they are available to meet the mission need of the federal agency.

Two standards that seem to cause the most questions are FISMA and FedRAMP.

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