FedRAMP Accredited 3PAO Authorization Services


FedRAMP LogoIn May 2012 COACT Inc. was among the first group of commercial companies to become an accredited FedRAMP Third Party Assessment Organization (3PAO) under the GSA’s Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP). As an accredited FedRAMP 3PAO, COACT is authorized to perform security assessments for Cloud Service Providers (CSPs) seeking an Authority to Operate (ATO). FedRAMP is a government-wide program that provides a standardized approach to security assessments, authorizations, and continuous monitoring for cloud products and services. This approach involves a “do once, use many times” framework that is designed to reduce costs for the government by eliminating the need to perform redundant assessments for each customer Agency that decides to use a particular cloud service offering.  FedRAMP is the result of close collaboration with cybersecurity and cloud experts from GSA, NIST, DHS, DoD, NSA, OMB, the Federal CIO Council and its working groups in addition to the private industry. Additional Information on FedRAMP governance can be found here.


CSP or Independent Software Vendor Seeking a FedRAMP ATO?

COACT offers consulting and assessment services in support of your cloud service offerings and future FedRAMP authorizations. Our qualified staff of consultants and assessors can help you understand  FedRAMP requirements and support the implementation of security during each phase of the System Development Life Cycle for your cloud systems. We can also assist you in navigating the assessment and authorization process from initiation to receipt of an ATO and listing of your cloud service as FedRAMP Authorized in the FedRAMP Marketplace.


FedRAMP Readiness Assessment and Consulting Services

Many CSPs understand the risk and security posture of their cloud service offerings but may lack the resources needed to implement, document and evaluate the security controls required for FedRAMP compliance and authorization. Other CSPs already recognize a need for improvement and require consultation and assistance regarding how to re-engineer their existing cloud system. Our experienced FedRAMP consultants have proven expertise in assisting CSPs in improving their overall security posture and in developing compliant systems and security documentation.  As part of our FedRAMP consulting and security package preparation service, we can help you engineer and deploy your system and advise you regarding the FedRAMP assessment and authorization process.

Our FedRAMP Consulting Services Include

  • Boundary scoping exercise to define system and authorization boundaries
  • FedRAMP Readiness Assessment
  • Gap analysis and development of a compliance roadmap
  • Development of all required security and system documentation
  • Pre-assessment and remediation support
  • Vulnerability scanning
  • Penetration testing
  • Stakeholder briefings/presentations

FedRAMP 3PAO Assessment and Authorization Services

COACT, as an accredited FedRAMP 3PAO, is also available to assess your cloud systems and continuously monitor the security posture of your cloud systems in accordance with FedRAMP requirements. Our team of qualified assessors can test and evaluate the security controls implemented in your systems to provide the information needed to make critical risk-based decisions and demonstrate compliance with FedRAMP. COACT utilizes proven assessment methodologies and an accredited Quality Management System to ensure testing is targeted, effective, and produces actionable information for Authorizing Officials and other stakeholders.

Our FedRAMP 3PAO Assessment Services Include

  • FedRAMP Readiness Assessment
  • Security Control Assessment
  • Vulnerability scanning
  • Penetration testing
  • Plan of Action and Milestone (POA&M) development and update/tracking
  • Remediation recommendations provided to security and system stakeholders
  • Continuous monitoring and ongoing authorization services

For further information about FedRAMP from both an Agency and Industry perspective, you can visit the Official FedRAMP FAQ page or feel free to reach out to us directly with any questions regarding the program requirements, assessment and authorization process, and services that we can provide.

For information on how COACT can assist you with FedRAMP consulting and 3PAO assessments, please reach out to a COACT representative using the contact form below or email info@coact.com.