Pentesting in a FedRAMP Moderate Environment

On-demand Security Testing Platform for Government Agencies

Synack FedRAMP Designation

Synack has achieved the FedRAMP Moderate Authorized designation, demonstrating our commitment to federal agencies. By enabling FedRAMP penetration testing, government agencies can meet compliance requirements while conducting continuous security testing, vulnerability management and vulnerability disclosure management. Synack’s authorized designation helps government organizations save 30-40% of government cost, time and effort.

Achieving FedRAMP Authorized status confirms our commitment to the public sector, and empowers government agencies to address the cyber talent gap by easily leveraging a security testing platform powered by a network of elite and vetted security researchers to uncover the most critical vulnerabilities. 

Security testing in a FedRAMP Moderate environment

About FedRAMP

What is FedRAMP?

The Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) is a U.S. government-wide program that provides a standardized approach to security assessment, authorization and monitoring for cloud services. There are four different authorization designations that organizations are granted: Low-Impact Software-as-a-Service (LI-SaaS), Low, Moderate and High.

Why does a FedRAMP designation matter?

A FedRAMP designation underlines a company’s commitment to providing a high-level of security across the board and quality results to government agencies, speeding vulnerability management efforts and reducing risks to government assets to protect federal information.

SYNACK SECURITY TESTING

Security testing in a FedRAMP Moderate environment

Synack invests in complete control and visibility. Through the client portal, organizations know what’s being tested, where, when and how often through our Coverage Analytics. You’ll also have the ability to pause an assessment at any time with the click of a button, view all Synack Red Team traffic and hours with real-time analytics and more.

Synack has the ability to test systems containing Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI), including Personally Identifiable Information (PII) and For Official Use Only (FOUO).

Through Synack’s FedRAMP environment, clients can safely test internal assets and reduce their risk. Our community of security researchers, the Synack Red Team, tests exclusively through our LaunchPoint VPN and are required to sign in for all testing activities, allowing them to securely use all their TTPs while delivering clients full packet capture of all testing.

When using the Synack Platform for FedRAMP penetration testing, government agencies can expect a streamlined Authority to Operate (ATO) process.

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Scalable Security Testing that Improves Data Security for Public Sector

Five Reasons Government Agencies Should Utilize a FedRAMP Moderate Provider

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FISMA Compliance

Agencies are required to maintain FISMA compliance, and for those working with Cloud Service Providers, FedRAMP provides a highly efficient path to reaching compliance. Many of the NIST 800-53 security controls in FedRAMP overlap with those required by FISMA, which means you don’t have to spend extra resources implementing these controls with vendors.

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Data Security

Unlike FedRAMP LI-SaaS, FedRAMP Moderate is built for companies handling both external and internal government applications. If an agency is testing assets with sensitive data, they should be working with providers at the Moderate level.

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Risk Mitigation

A security assessment at the Moderate level contains 3x the security controls in an ISO 27001 certification. These steps provide assurance that Synack is handling your data and the pentesting process with extra care.

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Easy and Quick Procurement for Federal Agencies

By leveraging Synack’s Moderate Authorized designation under the FedRAMP program, government agencies may reduce costs, time and staff needed to activate and deploy critical security testing technology.

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Continuous Monitoring

In order to comply with FedRAMP, software providers must continuously monitor certain security controls and go through an annual assessment, which ensures you are always working with a fully compliant testing provider.

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Synack is Committed to Data Security

Synack is committed to protecting federal information and meeting all of our customers’ security needs, and a FedRAMP Moderate designation sets a new bar for security, data privacy and compliance.

Level LI-SaaS Moderate
Stated Purpose LI-SaaS is for low-risk, low-cost services (i.e. collaboration tools) MI-SaaS is for services handling low to moderately risky government data, including PII or non public information
Number of Controls <= 150 NIST 800-53 controls 325 NIST 800-53 controls
Types of Authorized Data Limited PII: Authentication only For Official Use Only (FOUO) Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI)
Network Access for Government Applications External only External and Internal
Quick, Easy and Streamlined Procurement for Federal Agencies 

Is your organization looking to get started? Synack is dedicated to meeting the needs of all of our federal customers. Find us in the FedRAMP Marketplace to learn more about our status.

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What is FedRAMP and why is it important?

The Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) is a program that promotes secure cloud services adoption across the U.S. Federal government and its agencies by providing a standardized approach to security assessment, authorization and continuous monitoring for cloud products and services. FedRAMP empowers agencies to use modern cloud technologies, with an emphasis on security and protection of federal information. 

FedRAMP eliminates duplicative efforts by providing a common security framework. Agencies review their security requirements against a standardized baseline. A Cloud Service Provider (CSP) goes through the authorization process once. After achieving authorization, the security package can be reused by any federal agency – allowing for accelerated cloud adoption in government.

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What level of FedRAMP designation has Synack attained?

Synack is authorized at the FedRAMP Moderate Impact Level.

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Who sponsored Synack’s FedRAMP cloud authorization?

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) sponsored Synack for FedRAMP authorization.

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How does Synack’s FedRAMP designation benefit customers?

To qualify as Moderate Authorized by FedRAMP, Synack successfully enforced 325 security controls and underwent extensive third-party vetting of its security infrastructure. The enhanced security controls provide an added layer of security for all Synack customers, increasing security leaders’ confidence that continuous and comprehensive security testing data and processes is secure.

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What types of sensitive data can Synack government customers test in the FedRAMP environment?

Synack’s FedRAMP environment enables customers to test systems containing Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI), including Personally Identifiable Information (PII) and For Official Use Only (FOUO).

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Is Synack pursuing the FedRAMP High impact level?

Synack is evaluating a move to FedRAMP High in the future.

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Where can I locate the Synack listing in the FedRAMP Marketplace?

Navigate to Synack’s FedRAMP Marketplace listing for the Service Description, Package ID, Authorization dates and more.

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Is Synack planning to submit for StateRAMP designation for state and local government agencies?

Yes. Watch this space for further details.

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What is FedRAMP and why is it important?

The Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) is a program that promotes secure cloud services adoption across the U.S. Federal government and its agencies by providing a standardized approach to security assessment, authorization and continuous monitoring for cloud products and services. FedRAMP empowers agencies to use modern cloud technologies, with an emphasis on security and protection of federal information. 

FedRAMP eliminates duplicative efforts by providing a common security framework. Agencies review their security requirements against a standardized baseline. A Cloud Service Provider (CSP) goes through the authorization process once. After achieving authorization, the security package can be reused by any federal agency – allowing for accelerated cloud adoption in government.

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What level of FedRAMP designation has Synack attained?

Synack is authorized at the FedRAMP Moderate Impact Level.

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Who sponsored Synack’s FedRAMP cloud authorization?

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) sponsored Synack for FedRAMP authorization.

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How does Synack’s FedRAMP designation benefit customers?

To qualify as Moderate Authorized by FedRAMP, Synack successfully enforced 325 security controls and underwent extensive third-party vetting of its security infrastructure. The enhanced security controls provide an added layer of security for all Synack customers, increasing security leaders’ confidence that continuous and comprehensive security testing data and processes is secure.

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What types of sensitive data can Synack government customers test in the FedRAMP environment?

Synack’s FedRAMP environment enables customers to test systems containing Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI), including Personally Identifiable Information (PII) and For Official Use Only (FOUO).

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Is Synack pursuing the FedRAMP High impact level?

Synack is evaluating a move to FedRAMP High in the future.

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Where can I locate the Synack listing in the FedRAMP Marketplace?

Navigate to Synack’s FedRAMP Marketplace listing for the Service Description, Package ID, Authorization dates and more.

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Is Synack planning to submit for StateRAMP designation for state and local government agencies?

Yes. Watch this space for further details.

Additional Resources

3 Approaches to Security Testing for Third Parties

Scalable Penetration Testing in a FedRAMP Moderate Environment

Federal Agency Gains Critical Insights with Synack Security Testing

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