Federal Cloud Computing, 1st Edition

The Definitive Guide for Cloud Service Providers

Federal Cloud Computing, 1st Edition,Matthew Metheny,ISBN9781597497374






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First book to provide a roadmap for navigating federal cloud computing guidelines

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Key Features

  • Provides a common understanding of the federal requirements as they apply to cloud computing
  • Provides a targeted and cost-effective approach for applying the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Risk Management Framework (RMF)
  • Provides both technical and non-technical perspectives of the Federal Assessment and Authorization (A&A) process that speaks across the organization


Federal Cloud Computing: The Definitive Guide for Cloud Service Providers offers an in-depth look at topics surrounding federal cloud computing within the federal government, including the Federal Cloud Computing Strategy, Cloud Computing Standards, Security and Privacy, and Security Automation.

You will learn the basics of the NIST risk management framework (RMF) with a specific focus on cloud computing environments, all aspects of the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) process, and steps for cost-effectively implementing the Assessment and Authorization (A&A) process, as well as strategies for implementing Continuous Monitoring, enabling the Cloud Service Provider to address the FedRAMP requirement on an ongoing basis.


Executives (CIOs/CFOs), IT Security Professionals (Security Auditors, Security Engineers, Compliance Specialists, etc.), IT Professionals (Virtualization Specialists, Software Developers, Consultants, etc.)

Matthew Metheny

Matthew Metheny, the founder of 1ECG, a privately held consulting firm, specializes in providing services such as cloud computing security strategy and architecture, assessments, migration, and training services. Mr. Metheny also held senior-level program management and executive-level positions with various consulting firms supporting the federal government with a focus on governance, risk management, emerging technologies, and security compliance, including the Senior Product Manager for Cloud Controls and Compliance Services at CSC. In addition, he founded and maintains FedRAMP.net, which is designed to build and share information and resources relating to meeting compliance with the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP). Mr. Metheny is PMP, CISSP, CAP, CISA, CSSLP, CRISC, and CCSK-certified, and holds a Master of Science degree in Information Assurance from the University of Maryland University College (UMUC).

Affiliations and Expertise

Matthew Metheny, PMP, CISSP, CAP, CISA, CSSLP, CRISC, CCSK, is an IT consultant based in Washington D.C.

Federal Cloud Computing, 1st Edition

Chapter 1 - Introduction to the Federal Cloud Computing Strategy

Chapter 2 - Cloud Computing Standards

Chapter 3 - A Case for Open Source

Chapter 4 - Security and Privacy in Public Cloud Computing

Chapter 5 - Applying the NIST Risk Management Framework

Chapter 6 - Risk Management

Chapter 7 - Comparison of FISMA with Other Security Compliance Standards

Chapter 8 - FedRAMP Primer

Chapter 9 - The FedRAMP Cloud Computing Security Requirements

Chapter 10 - Security Assessment and Authorization: Governance, Preparation, and Execution

Chapter 11 - Strategies for Continuous Monitoring

Chapter 12 - Cost-Effective Compliance using Security Automation

Chapter 13 - A Case Study for Cloud Service Providers

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