The Strategic Path to RMF Compliance with CloudBees Software

Written by: Pete Raumann
5 min read

In the realm of U.S. Government agencies, the mandate for securing information systems is not just a procedural checkbox but a critical framework designed to safeguard national security, personal privacy, and the integrity of public services. At the heart of this mandate is the Risk Management Framework (RMF), established by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). With the advent of NIST SP 800-37 Revision 2, RMF has evolved into RMF 2.0, integrating privacy, supply chain risk management, and automation enhancements. This blog post examines RMF 2.0, discusses its benefits, and details how agencies can attain compliance using CloudBees software.

Understanding the NIST Risk Management Framework (RMF)

The RMF is a comprehensive set of criteria that guide U.S. Government agencies in the architecting, securing, and monitoring of information technology systems. Structured around a seven-step process, the RMF aims to integrate security and risk management activities into the system development life cycle. The steps include:

  1. Prepare: Establish a context and priorities for managing security and privacy risk from an organization-level and a system-level perspective.

  2. Categorize information systems based on impact levels.

  3. Select appropriate security controls.

  4. Implement chosen controls and document how they are deployed.

  5. Assess the effectiveness of the controls to ensure they are functioning correctly.

  6. Authorize system operation based on a risk determination.

  7. Monitor security controls on an ongoing basis to address new threats.

Why Achieve NIST RMF Compliance?

Adherence to the Risk Management Framework (RMF) transcends the traditional view of compliance as merely a checkbox activity, representing instead a strategic, holistic approach to cybersecurity. This approach emphasizes the integration of security practices as a foundational aspect of information system management. As such, adherence to the RMF is far more than a compliance exercise; it offers a strategic pathway to cybersecurity, endowed with several key benefits that underscore its significance:

  • Enhanced Security Posture: Implementing RMF 2.0 strengthens the security of software development and deployment processes, integrating security and privacy considerations throughout the SDLC.

  • Federal Compliance: RMF 2.0 compliance ensures adherence to federal regulations and mandates, including FISMA.

  • Efficient Risk Management: The framework's risk-based approach allows agencies to effectively prioritize resources and focus on the most critical risks.

  • Supply Chain Security: A new emphasis on supply chain risk management helps agencies mitigate risks associated with third-party products and services.

  • Privacy Integration: RMF 2.0 integrates privacy risk management processes, reflecting a comprehensive approach to protecting sensitive information.

  • Automation and Efficiency: The encouragement of using automation enhances the speed and efficiency of risk management processes.

Achieving RMF Compliance with CloudBees

CloudBees software can play a pivotal role in facilitating RMF compliance. By integrating CloudBees into the software development lifecycle, agencies can leverage automation, security integration, and continuous monitoring to meet RMF requirements effectively. Here’s how:

  • Automated Security Integration: CloudBees enables the automation of security control implementations within CI/CD pipelines. By embedding security checks, such as static and dynamic analysis, into the development process, agencies can ensure that security controls are consistently applied, aligning with RMF’s implementation and assessment phases.

  • Continuous Monitoring and Compliance: CloudBees supports the RMF's continuous monitoring requirement through integration with monitoring tools that provide real-time feedback on the security posture of information systems. This facilitates the early detection and remediation of vulnerabilities, ensuring that security measures remain effective over time.

  • Documentation and Evidence for Authorization: CloudBees aids in the documentation of security controls and the generation of compliance evidence. This streamlines the authorization process, enabling agencies to demonstrate that their systems meet the required security standards efficiently.

  • DevSecOps Culture Adoption: By leveraging CloudBees, agencies can foster a DevSecOps culture, where security is an integral and seamless part of the development process. This approach not only meets RMF’s goal of integrating security but also enhances the agility and responsiveness of development teams to evolving security requirements.


In conclusion, for federal government agencies navigating the complex waters of software development and deployment, RMF compliance emerges not only as a regulatory requirement but as a strategic imperative to enhance national security and service integrity. Achieving and maintaining this compliance, while daunting at first glance, can be streamlined and effectively managed through the strategic deployment of CloudBees software. By incorporating CloudBees into your agency's development lifecycle, you unlock a suite of benefits tied directly to the heart of RMF compliance—automated security integration, continuous monitoring for enduring compliance, efficient documentation and authorization, and cultivation of a proactive DevSecOps culture.

The integration of CloudBees represents a strategic path forward, ensuring that your agency doesn't just meet federal mandates but sets a benchmark for excellence in cybersecurity and risk management. If your agency is ready to transform its approach to RMF compliance and elevate its security posture, we invite you to explore this potential further.

Unlock the full capabilities of CloudBees in achieving continuous RMF compliance by scheduling a discovery call with our experts. We’re here to understand your current challenges better and to demonstrate how CloudBees can become your ally in not only meeting but exceeding RMF compliance requirements. Reach out to schedule your discovery call today and take the first step towards a secure, compliant, and efficient future.

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