[ISN] GSA Has a New Plan for Cloud Providers Navigating Changing Security Standards

http://www.nextgov.com/cybersecurity/2014/04/gsa-has-new-plan-cloud-providers-navigating-changing-security-standards/83014/ By Frank Konkel Nextgov.com April 22, 2014 The General Services Administration released a transition plan on Tuesday that provides guidance to cloud computing service providers that will have to adhere to new baseline security standards slated for release in June. The transition plan will govern how CSPs adhere to upcoming changes to the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program, or FedRAMP, based on the fourth revision of the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Special Publication 800-53. The plan provides specific guidance to CSPs at varying stages. CSPs in the early “initiation” phase will have to implement new baseline standards and test SP 800-53 Rev. 4 controls before receiving authorization. Those in the FedRAMP pipeline before June 1 will be assessed against current FedRAMP baseline standards – based on NIST’s SP 800-53 Rev. 3 – but will have one year from the authorization date to implement the new baseline, submit new documents using updated templates and test their controls against new Rev. 4 controls. Similarly, CSPs with FedRAMP-accredited solutions with an annual continuous monitoring assessment completed prior to June 1 will have “one year from the date of their last assessment” to implement the new baseline and complete testing. CSPs with an annual assessment scheduled between June 1, 2014 and Jan. 1, 2015, must implement the new baseline and complete testing in 2015. […]




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