What is FEDRAMP?

FEDRAMP stands for the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program. It’s a government-wide program in the United States that provides a standardized approach to security assessment, authorization, and continuous monitoring for cloud products and services.

In simpler terms, it’s a set of security guidelines that cloud service providers (CSPs) need to follow if they want to do business with the U.S. federal government.

FedRAMP doesn’t create its own unique set of standards from scratch. Instead, it leverages existing security standards and guidelines, primarily from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

These standards are organized into baselines that define the security controls required for different cloud service impact levels:

  • Low, which means suitable for publicly available data with minimal security risk;

  • Moderate, designed for controlled, unclassified data with moderate security risk;

  • High: Intended for highly sensitive or protected data with high-security risk;

Each baseline includes a set of security controls that address various security aspects, such as data protection, access control, incident response, and system security.

MergeBase and FEDRAMP

FEDRAMP applies to cloud service providers and ensures they meet the stringent security standards for handling government data. It evaluates and authorizes cloud services used by the US government, not individual software applications. Since MergeBase is a software application, it falls outside the direct scope of FEDRAMP regulations.

In simpler terms, FEDRAMP is like a security inspector for cloud services, while MergeBase is a tool used within those services. The inspector wouldn’t assess the tool itself, but its functionality could impact the overall security of the inspected environment.

How Can MergeBase Help You Comply with FEDRAMP?

MergeBase can assist you in complying with the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) by:

  • Enhancing the security of your software applications and
  • Ensuring that the software components you use meet the stringent standards required for federal information systems.

More specifically, here’s how MergeBase’s features align with FedRAMP compliance requirements:

  • Continuous monitoring and vulnerability management — MergeBase offers always-on vulnerability management and real-time visibility into known vulnerabilities. This ensures that any potential security threats in the software supply chain are identified and addressed promptly, aligning with FedRAMP’s continuous monitoring requirements.

  • Secure software development lifecycle — MergeBase integrates seamlessly throughout the SDLC, providing early warnings for potential vulnerabilities during all development phases.

  • Minimization of false positives and intelligent remediation — Our solution minimizes false positives and focuses on true vulnerabilities, ensuring that security teams can prioritize and address the most critical issues. Intelligent remediation capabilities allow for automated remediation during development and proactive defense against attacks on vulnerable components in production.

  • Enhanced security for open-source components — By focusing on managing vulnerabilities in open-source components, we ensure that the software used by organizations meets the high-security standards required by FedRAMP.