Tailored expertise for every journey

Whether you’re navigating the initial steps of securing a system for authorization or have years of experience with an existing authorized solution, Coalfire Federal is your trusted partner to support your journey.  As a leading FedRAMP third party assessment organization (3PAO), we help Cloud Service Providers (CSPs) with an efficient approach toward obtaining or maintaining an Authorization to Operate (ATO)

Coalfire Federal specializes in FedRAMP® and FISMA ATO services if incorporated within a federal contract (e.g. federally purchased solution with the requirement for a 3PAO) or where specific personnel screening, background check, and clearance requirements apply for vendor personnel.  Coalfire Federal is one of few 3PAOs eligible to conduct Department of Defense (DoD) Impact Level 6 assessments. 


As a leading FedRAMP® 3PAO, we boast unparalleled experience by our portfolio of clients supported through their FedRAMP® and FISMA journeys. Our team of seasoned professionals, certified assessors, and industry veterans understands the intricacies of these compliance program requirements and their impact on your system’s environment. We’ve guided numerous organizations through this rigorous process, ensuring smooth and efficient compliance.

  • Proven Track Record: Coalfire currently supports 100 authorized systems on the FedRAMP® marketplace with many traditional FISMA assessments completed as well. The diversity of authorizing officials authorizing these completed assessments range from the FedRAMP Joint Authorization Board (JAB) to many individual agency ATOs.
  • Deep Understanding: Our team goes beyond technicalities. We possess a thorough grasp of the requirements and have extensive navigating requirements that are not well documented or defined by government standards.
  • Customized roadmaps:  Our collaborative, tailored approach is based on specific client use cases, business limitations, and technical environment, which provides a clear understanding of the current security posture and enables us to offer guidance on a path forward.
  • Unwavering Commitment: We’re invested in your success. We collaborate closely with you throughout the entire process, providing ongoing support and guidance every step of the way.

Contact Coalfire Federal today. Let’s discuss your specific impact level needs and discover how Coalfire Federal can be your trusted partner on your FedRAMP® journey.

Achieving FedRAMP® authorization has historically required upward of $2 million and more than 2 years of time and energy. Leveraging the knowledge gained from providing audits and advisory services to more than 200 cloud service providers, we’ve built comprehensive solutions for every phase of the journey – allowing you to achieve authorization up to 80% faster.

“Coalfire Federal is responsible for conducting a 3PAO FedRAMP® Audit for our Accenture Federal Services-Accenture Financials Cloud ERP (AFS-AFCE) solution SaaS offering. They have been performing the audit for us 2011. Their team is knowledgeable, experienced in assessing the systems and have been thoroughly professional and detail oriented from planning stage to generating and submitting the Audit artifacts. Their thorough planning and a detailed schedule enabled us to be organized, resulting in our team being able to all audit related activities from compilation and submission of artifacts to scheduling various activities like scan observations, Penetration tests etc. in a timely manner to avoid any delays during the audit process. The team has also been helpful and provided proper guidance as needed to help improve the effectiveness of our security controls associated with the offering. Overall, it has been a very positive experience working with the Coalfire team and we are looking forward to working with the team again in the future.”


FedRAMP® and DoD Assessment Services

Coalfire Federal is an authorized third-party assessment organization (3PAO) providing the following assessment services to CSPs prepared to enter into initial authorization or already authorized and requiring continuous monitoring services. 


FedRAMP® Gap Assessment

In the beginning stages of a CSPs journey toward ATO, the gap assessment addresses the following objectives: 

  • Provides education on the compliance requirements, stakeholders, and our direct experience supporting other CSPs in the process. 
  • Reviews every applicable security control to evaluate implementation maturity and validates the system authorization boundary. 
  • Identifies gaps in compliance and security control requirements.


FedRAMP® Readiness Assessment

The Readiness Assessment addresses specific requirements for FedRAMP® and DoD in the early stages of establishing an initial authorizing agency and demonstrating that the CSP is meeting critical controls to the applicable framework. The readiness assessment is performed by a 3PAO and addresses the following objectives: 

  • Provides a federal agency or DoD a summary of control implementation details and CSO maturity 
  • For FedRAMP®, allows for publishing on the FedRAMP Marketplace as a tool for CSPs to identify an initial agency sponsor. 


Initial Assessment

A 3PAO conducts an initial assessment according to the latest assessment requirements set by FedRAMP®, DoD and NIST SP 800-53. Assessments are composed of the following components and are documented in the Security Assessment Report (SAR): 

  • Security control assessment against the applicable NIST SP 800-53 baseline. 
  • Validation of compliance and vulnerability scanning tool implementation and reporting. 
  • Performance of a FedRAMP Penetration Test.


Continuous Monitoring

The NIST Risk Management Framework (RMF) requires an organization to maintain ongoing situational awareness about the security and privacy posture of the system and organization to support risk management decisions. The following requirements must be met. 

  • A 3PAO conducts an annual assessment according to the applicable requirements. 
  • A CSP is responsible for ensuring the Continuous Monitoring Plan is implemented with routine requirements such as POA&M updates and tasks associated with security control implementations. 

FedRAMP® and DoD Advisory Services

Coalfire Federal’s advisory services are led by industry experts and backed by the largest FedRAMP provider (combined advisory and assessment clients).  


FedRAMP® Gap Analysis

Our gap analysis provides the insight and experienced by one of the largest 3PAOs and supports CSPs with understanding critical requirements prior to proceeding with more comprehensive documentation development.  The gap analysis will achieve the following objectives: 

  • Provides education on the compliance requirements, stakeholders, and our direct experience supporting other CSPs in the process. 
  • Reviews critical security control to evaluate implementation maturity and validates the system authorization boundary. 
  • Identifies gaps in compliance and security control requirements and provides a roadmap and recommendations before proceeding with further preparation. 


SSP Package Development

The System Security Plan (SSP) is the combination of the plan itself but also addresses required attachments. The following objectives are accomplished through this service. 

  • Established a clear system authorization boundary. 
  • Understands all system interconnections and dependencies. 
  • Identifies the use of cryptography and how it meets federal standards. 
  • Thoroughly documents security control implementations. 
  • Supports creation of applicable SSP attachments. 


FedRAMP® Policy Development

Each NIST SP 800-53 control family requires the creation, implementation and enforcement of policies that describe how controls are to be satisfied by the organization. Our policy development services use industry best practices to ensure policies are compliant and can withstand the scrutiny of a 3PAO assessment. Policy development can be customized to meet current gaps and may include one or more of the following (not an exhaustive list) 

  • Configuration Management Plan 
  • Incident Response Plan 
  • Contingency Plan 
  • Supply Chain Risk Management Plan 


Connect with us today to discuss your specific assessment needs and discover how Coalfire Federal can be your trusted partner on your FedRAMP® compliance journey. 


The Federal Information Security Modernization Act (FISMA) of 2014 establishes reforms and enhancements to the original 2002 FISMA legislation, which establishes the purpose of establishing a foundation of requirements that strengthen the security posture of information systems servicing the federal government. When most agencies (and their vendors) discuss establishing “FISMA compliance,” they are usually referring to meeting the controls identified in NIST SP 800-53, “Security and Privacy Controls for Information Systems and Organizations.” The law is enforced through various processes, as described by the Office of Management and Budget Circular (OMB) A-130.  OMB A-130 establishes definitions, processes, and requirements for federal agencies to follow. FISMA (through A-130) recommends guidance issued by NIST, such as FIPS 199, FIPS 200 for impact-level categorization (low, moderate, or high-impact systems), and NIST 800-53A for the selection and implementation of security controls based on the system impact level. The control selection, implementation, and testing are where the rubber meets the road for many IT professionals responsible for “FISMA compliance,” especially when meeting compliance is essential to receiving an authority to operate (ATO) by government agencies. 

FedRAMP is a result of the ”Cloud First” policy issued in Feb. 2011 (with more recent updates and enhancements), and OMB memo Security Authorization of Information Systems in Cloud Computing requiring the use of FedRAMP authorized cloud services by agencies in an effort to reduce costs on underutilized IT infrastructure and to streamline the IT procurement process. The FedRAMP Authorization Act of 2023 codified the program as the authoritative standard to security assessment and authorization for cloud computing products and services that process unclassified federal information. The core purpose of FedRAMP is to provide a standard for Cloud Service Providers (CSPs) to comply with federal cybersecurity requirements, validate meeting those requirements via a FedRAMP third party assessment organization (3PAO) and obtain a provisional ATO.  Any commercial cloud vendor that provides cloud services to the federal government must achieve a FedRAMP P-ATO. FedRAMP is FISMA for the cloud as it inherits the NIST baseline of controls but is tailored for the cloud. Like FISMA, FedRAMP follows guidance established in NIST 800-53. In addition, the FedRAMP Program Management Office (PMO) has developed and published additional security control requirements for implementation and testing as part of the FedRAMP program. These additional controls and security test cases for a FedRAMP security assessment can be found on FedRAMP.gov. 

Serving the unique needs of the Department of Defense (DoD), the FedRAMP+ leverages the FedRAMP baseline and adds specific security controls and requirements necessary to meet and assure DoD’s critical mission requirements.  The DoD Security Requirements Guide (SRG) was developed by the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) for DoD agencies and DoD Mission Owners. The “plus” in FedRAMP+ signifies the additional security requirements that DISA has built on top of what FedRAMP as a program establishes for a risk-based approach in standardizing the adoption and use of cloud services by the federal government. The SRG establishes Impact Levels 2, 4, 5 and 6 based on information system sensitivity and security requirements. For CSPs with DoD customers, meeting the SRG requirements are a component to achieving a DoD Provisional Authorization (PA).