Federal Cloud Computing: The Definitive Guide for Cloud Service Providers, Second Edition offers an in-depth look at topics surrounding federal cloud computing within the federal government, including the Federal Cloud Computing Strategy, Cloud Computing Standards, Security and Privacy, and Security Automation. You will learn the basics of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Risk Management Framework (RMF) with a specific focus on cloud computing environments, all aspects of the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) and guidance on navigating the FedRAMP requirements and authorization process, as well as strategies for implementing Continuous Monitoring, enabling the Cloud Service Provider to address the FedRAMP requirement on an ongoing basis. This updated edition will cover the latest changes to the FedRAMP program, including clarifying guidance on the paths for Cloud Service Providers to achieve FedRAMP compliance, an expanded discussion of the new FedRAMP Security Controls, which are based on the NIST Special Publication 800-53 Revision 4, and maintaining FedRAMP compliance through Continuous Monitoring. Further, a new chapter has been added on the FedRAMP requirements for Vulnerability Scanning and Penetration Testing.

  • Provides a common understanding of the federal requirements as they apply to cloud computing
  • Provides a targeted and cost-effective approach for applying the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Risk Management Framework (RMF)
  • Provides both technical and non-technical perspectives of the Federal Assessment and Authorization (A&A) process that speaks across the organization
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Book Foreward Excerpts:

The Cloud First strategy is a critical component of broader efforts that are underway to transform Federal IT in the 21st century. This book will provide excellent guidance to everyone who wishes to undertake that journey.

Cloud computing is not only in our future, but is here today. Whatever role you play in this topic, you have a mandate to find strategies to securely adopt cloud in an agile manner. “Federal Cloud Computing: The Definitive Guide for Cloud Service Providers” is an excellent coach to help define those strategies.