Using the third party assessors will will speed the FedRAMP testing and certification process for cloud providers, Pescatore said.
The Joint Authorization Board, which will be the primary entity responsible for updating FedRAMP security standards, could become a bottleneck in the process, Pescatore suggested. Given the speed of change in cloud computing technology, security, and privacy standards will likely need to be frequently revisited, he said.
"The government generally doesn't have the ability to move fast enough" to keep up with such rapid technology changes, Pescatore contended. "The Joint Authorization Board could become a huge bottleneck because of the pace of change."
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