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FedRAMP Announces Milestone in Authorization Process Automation

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The Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program has worked with industry and the National Institute of Standards and Technology to develop the Open Security Controls Assessment Language to help automate the authorization process.

FedRAMP said Tuesday it is seeking public comments on OSCAL Milestone 2 that offers a number of features, including a system security plan model meant to help organizations automate the documentation of privacy and security control implementation using OSCAL.

OSCAL Milestone 2 also features published draft FedRAMP baselines in JSON and XML formats, tools to convert the OSCAL profile, catalog and SSP content between JSON and XML and guidance document to help tool developers come up with OSCAL-based FedRAMP SSP content.

OSCAL is a standard that can be used in the evaluation and implementation of security controls. It is expected to help cloud service providers speed up the creation of their SSPs and enable third party assessment organizations to automate the planning, reporting and execution of cloud evaluation activities.