Press Release

Coalfire Federal Completes FedRAMP Audit for Lockheed Martin

June 10, 2013

SolaS® Community Cloud Solution becomes one of the first two authorizations awarded via the FedRAMP JAB review process
Louisville, Colo. – June 10, 2013 – Today, Coalfire announces that it completed the independent assessment of the Lockheed Martin SolaS® Community Cloud Solution under the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP), and that SolaS was granted a provisional authority to operate (P-ATO) from the FedRAMP Joint Authorization Board (JAB) on June 5, 2013.
The SolaS Cloud Solution is one of the first two Cloud Service Providers (CSPs) to be awarded an ATO without previously going through the GSA’s IaaS BPA accreditation process. Acting as the third party assessment organization (3PAO) for Lockheed Martin, Coalfire completed the audit on budget and on schedule, and the overall project timeline was consistent with guidelines set forth by the GSA.
“The SolaS authorization is a major accomplishment for Lockheed Martin, Coalfire Federal and the FedRAMP program“ says Mark Weatherford, former Deputy Undersecretary of Cybersecurity for the Department of Homeland Security and now an advisor at Coalfire.  “The FedRAMP process works, and now that government’s largest IT provider has a validated solution, many agencies will be able to safely adopt cloud computing services. The benefits to our country are enormous.”

“Our unique approach to secure cloud solutions incorporates security best practices that integrate with industry-leading technologies,” said Stephanie C. Hill, president of Lockheed Martin’s Information Systems & Global Solutions-Civil business. “With this FedRAMP authorization, customers can now further leverage our secure community cloud.”
The FedRAMP process was established to ensure that the government’s cloud service providers were properly secured and tested. “The entire process went smoothly for Lockheed Martin, and we didn’t run into any real surprises,” says Tom McAndrew, EVP Coalfire Federal and FedRAMP Technical Manager. “We are working with many other CSPs and it’s our job to help them pursue the best route, based on their preparedness and business objectives. ”
Coalfire will be hosting a webinar on June 25, 2013 discussing documentation differences, contrasting the FedRAMP Agency ATO process to the FedRAMP ATO JAB process and lessons learned from the Lockheed Martin process. Click here to register for the webinar.

About Coalfire

Coalfire Federal is a dedicated division of Coalfire Systems, Inc., a leading, independent information technology Governance, Risk and Compliance (IT GRC) firm that provides IT audit, risk assessment and compliance management solutions. Founded in 2001, Coalfire has offices in Dallas, Denver, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, D.C. and completes thousands of projects annually in retail, financial services, healthcare, government and utilities. Coalfire Federal services focus on the certification and accreditation process of information systems for government authorization under DIACAP, FedRAMP and FISMA. For more information, visit