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 is an Information Security Executive and Professional with twenty years experience in the areas of finance management, information technology, information security, risk management, compliance programs, security operations and capabilities, secure software development, security assessment and auditing, security architectures, information security policies/processes, incident response and forensics, and application security and penetration testing. Mr. Metheny is the Chief Information Security Officer at the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency (CSOSA), and is responsible for managing CSOSA’s enterprise-wide information security and risk management program and cyber security operations. Prior to joining CSOSA, Mr. Metheny was employed at the US Government Publishing Office (GPO), where he led the Agency Governance, Risk Management, and Compliance (GRC) Program and served as the Agency subject matter expert for cloud security. Mr. Metheny was the founder and instructor at CloudSecurityTraining.com, a business unit of One Enterprise Consulting Group, LLC, which was an approved training partner with the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA). He was also the Co-Chair for the CSA CloudTrust Protocol (CTP) Working Group, a Founding Member and Member of the Board of Director for the CSA-DC Chapter which was CSA’s Federal Cloud Center of Excellence, and a Founding Member of the OpenStack DC user group focused on expanding the knowledge of OpenStack within the Washington, DC metro area. Mr. Metheny received a Bachelor’s degree in Computer and Information Science from the University of Maryland University College and a Master's degree in Information Assurance from University of Maryland University College. He also holds the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified in Risk and Information Systems Controls (CRISC), Certified Secure Software Lifecycle Professional (CSSLP), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified Authorization Professional (CAP), Project Management Professional (PMP) and Certificate in Cloud Security Knowledge (CCSK) Certifications.

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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