Certification In India

FedRAMP 3PAO Services and NIST 800-53

What is FedRAMP 3PAO and NIST 800-53?

FedRAMP 3PAO (Third Party Assessment Organization) services and NIST 800-53 are both integral components of the U.S. federal government’s cybersecurity framework, aimed at enhancing the security of cloud computing services:

  1. FedRAMP 3PAO Services: FedRAMP (Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program) is a government-wide program that standardizes the security assessment, authorization, and continuous monitoring of cloud products and services. FedRAMP requires cloud service providers (CSPs) to undergo rigorous security assessments conducted by accredited third-party assessment organizations (3PAOs) to ensure compliance with federal security requirements. 3PAOs are independent organizations authorized by the government to assess and validate the security posture of CSPs seeking FedRAMP authorization. These organizations conduct comprehensive security assessments based on the FedRAMP Security Assessment Framework (SAF) to evaluate the CSP’s adherence to security controls, policies, and procedures. FedRAMP 3PAO services play a crucial role in verifying the security of cloud services before they are adopted by federal agencies, thereby helping to mitigate cybersecurity risks and ensure the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of government data.

  2. NIST 800-53: NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) Special Publication 800-53 provides a comprehensive set of security controls and guidelines for federal information systems and organizations. These controls are organized into families covering various aspects of information security, including access control, risk management, incident response, and system and communications protection. NIST 800-53 serves as the foundation for federal agencies’ cybersecurity programs and helps organizations establish and maintain robust security controls to protect sensitive information and systems. It provides a framework for selecting, implementing, and assessing security controls based on risk management principles and best practices. NIST 800-53 is frequently referenced by FedRAMP as a baseline for security controls that CSPs must implement and undergo assessment against during the FedRAMP authorization process.

Benefits of FedRAMP 3PAO and NIST 800-53

Enhanced Security Assurance

FedRAMP 3PAO services and NIST 800-53 assessments provide organizations with a comprehensive evaluation of their security controls and practices. By undergoing these assessments, organizations can identify weaknesses and vulnerabilities in their systems and processes, leading to improvements that enhance overall security posture.

Regulatory Compliance

Compliance with federal regulations and standards is essential for organizations operating within the U.S. federal government space. FedRAMP 3PAO services and NIST 800-53 assessments help organizations align with regulatory requirements, ensuring adherence to established security standards and frameworks.

Access to Federal Contracts

Federal agencies often require vendors and service providers to comply with specific security standards, such as FedRAMP and NIST 800-53, to ensure the protection of sensitive government data. Organizations that undergo FedRAMP 3PAO services and NIST 800-53 assessments gain a competitive advantage by demonstrating their commitment to security and compliance, making them eligible to bid for and win federal contracts.

Improved Risk Management

By identifying and addressing security risks and vulnerabilities, organizations can effectively mitigate potential threats to their systems and data. FedRAMP 3PAO services and NIST 800-53 assessments help organizations develop robust risk management strategies, allowing them to proactively safeguard against cyber threats and data breaches.

Enhanced Trust and Credibility

Successfully completing FedRAMP 3PAO services and NIST 800-53 assessments demonstrates a commitment to security and compliance, enhancing trust and credibility among customers, partners, and stakeholders. This can lead to stronger relationships and increased confidence in the organization's ability to protect sensitive information.

Cost Savings

While the initial investment in FedRAMP 3PAO services and NIST 800-53 assessments may be significant, the long-term benefits include potential cost savings associated with improved security and reduced risk of data breaches. By investing in security upfront, organizations can avoid costly security incidents and regulatory fines down the line.

Who can get FedRAMP 3PAO and NIST 800-53 Certification?

Here’s a list of entities that can seek FedRAMP 3PAO and NIST 800-53 certification:

  1. Cloud service providers (CSPs) offering services to U.S. government agencies.
  2. Managed service providers (MSPs) providing cloud-based solutions to government entities.
  3. Software as a Service (SaaS) providers catering to government agencies.
  4. Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) providers serving the federal government.
  5. Platform as a Service (PaaS) providers delivering solutions to government organizations.
  6. Hosting providers offering cloud hosting services to government clients.
  7. Data centers providing cloud services for government agencies.
  8. System integrators delivering cloud-based solutions to federal clients.
  9. Software vendors offering cloud-based products and services to government customers.
  10. Any organization involved in the delivery, management, or provision of cloud services to U.S. government entities seeking to demonstrate compliance with FedRAMP and NIST 800-53 security standards.

What is the Role of Shamkris?



Gap Assessment

Gap Report

Technical Review

UAPT & Remedies

Preparation of Documents

Policy, Procedures, Formats, Checklist


Awareness & Internal Audit


Record Generation, Review of Implementation of FedRAMP 3PAO and NIST 800-53

Third Party Audit / Assessment

NCR Closure & Issued Certification

Annual Support

Monthly / Quarterly / Half Year / Yearly

Issuing Authority of FedRAMP 3PAO and NIST 800-53

Approved Agency
Approved CB