Risk Management Framework (RMF) Assessment & Authorization (A&A)
Now that all Department of Defense (DoD) programs have been transitioned from the previous Defense Information Assurance Certification and Accreditation (DIACAP) process, there are several factors to consider in achieving and maintaining an Authority to Operate. SecureStrux is here to help companies and organizations through this challenging and sometimes daunting process. Our Subject Matter Experts are well versed in multiple facets of the Risk Management Framework (RMF) process from standing up new systems, engineering new solutions, to assisting customers through the new updates in DAAPM 2.0 and eMASS implementations for cleared contractors.
Our expertise spans multiple customers in the Department of Defense, state and the Federal governments
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We can help companies achieve their authority to Operate (ATO). If your organization is struggling with getting through the process of obtaining an ATO or just needs direction on how to get started with a security Assessment & Authorization, SecureStrux can help. We are intimately familiar with the RMF A&A processes. We have been helping clients work through the associated laws, regulations, and instructions that mandate a formal process for risk management, ensuring continuous monitoring is implemented and followed.
SecureStrux supports a range of A&A needs such as:
- Articulating and designating security controls in a System Security Plan (SSP) for a given Major Application (MA), General Support System (GSS), Enclave, or Stand-alone System (SUSA/MUSA).
- Defining system boundaries
- Drafting Interconnection Agreements
- Establishing security categorizations according to FIPS PUB 199
- Register system in the system (eMASS, Xacta, other)
- Assessing the effectiveness of the security controls in place with a Security Test and Evaluation (ST&E) and Security Assessment Report (SAR)
- Managing and remediating weaknesses uncovered as a result of an assessment through continuous monitoring and creating Plan of Action and Milestones (POA&Ms) when required
- Drafting documents as necessary for the Security Control Assessor (SCA) and Authorization Official (AO)
- Using an established and standardized method to assess security controls for both DoD and Federal information systems
- Assisting with FISMA A&A compliance
Additional A&A services such as:
- General Consulting: Provide periodic on-site consultant for any portion of the project or complete support of the RMF A&A process, from the start of the process until you receive accreditation. Our consultants can help guide your team through the documentation and complex framework of the RMF methodology.
- Control Assessments and gap analysis: Review organizational documentation against system and control implementation. Provide expert guidance as to how to fix or mitigate identified openings on the basis of each control’s current implementation.
- Document Preparation: RMF requires a great deal of documentation, including System Security Plans (SSPs), Security Policies and Procedures, Continuity Plans, Incident Response, etc. Our team can specifically tailor these documents to your organization and security program.
- System Hardening: RMF A&A requires systems and networks to be secured or “hardened.” Most systems, devices, and appliances arrive from the factory in an unsecured default state. Our Cybersecurity Analysts have worked with a wide range of coding challenges, proprietary applications, databases, and complex network infrastructures. We can provide the expertise that will enable you to receive an ATO, bring your organization into compliance, reduce your exposure to risk, and keep your data secure.
- Complete Package: We can support your entire RMF lifecycle process. Our complete package includes all of the above services. Let us help you meet your organization’s RMF A&A requirements, so you can focus on your mission and what you do best.