How Cloudnexa Helped Knightscope, Inc. Achieve “In-Process” FedRAMP Certification

Christopher Reider, CPP
“Going through this process without Cloudnexa would have been a giant challenge. It’s a massive undertaking. Having somebody with the ability to guide us away from the common pitfalls was extremely valuable.”
Christopher Reider, CPP
Director of Information Security, Knightscope
Knightscope, Inc.
“In-process” FedRAMP rating achieved
Cloudnexa Helped:
  • Prepare for 3PAO audit on a tight deadline
  • Understand how FedRAMP requirements affect their autonomous robots
  • Achieve “in-process” GovCloud rating

The Client

Knightscope, Inc.

Autonomous Robotics
Silicon Valley, CA

Knightscope is an advanced security technology company based in Silicon Valley that builds fully autonomous security robots that deter, detect and report. Its mission is to make America the safest country in the world.

The Challenges

Preparing to enter a new vertical with strict security requirements

For the last two years, Knightscope had been preparing to take a huge step for their business, Director of Information Security Christopher Reider tells us. They were getting ready to sell their Autonomous Security Robots (ASRs) to government entities.

Cloud applications for the US government have strict security requirements. To meet them, Knightscope built an entirely new environment in AWS GovCloud. The final and most important step in the process was applying for FedRAMP certification. To do that, they needed a FedRAMP accredited Third-Party Assessment Organization (3PAO) to conduct a thorough review of their infrastructure and help them prepare for their upcoming FedRAMP audit.

“When it comes to something as specific as FedRAMP, you want to work with a partner that has that knowledge and experience to come in and look at your architecture and your documentation to make sure that everything is going to work well.”

The Solution

An experienced assessment partner to help them prepare

As leaders in the autonomous robotics field, the team at Knightscope always want to make sure their partners understand how their technology works and operates in the real world.

Christopher particularly appreciated the effort Cloudnexa put into learning Knightscope’s product and technology, so they could apply their AWS expertise to Knightscope’s unique
use case.

They began looking at the different endpoints and fine-tuning their processes to match the security controls that FedRAMP requires, exploring their existing architecture to identify gaps and vulnerabilities.

Cloudnexa and Knightscope routinely met for several working sessions a day, for 60 days to meet Knightscope’s very tight deadline. Throughout the process, Cloudnexa became an extension of Knightscope’s team.

“The Cloudnexa team came in and really became a part of our team, truthfully. We were sending 30 or 40 emails back and forth every day. I was so impressed with the way that Cloudnexa worked with our team, asked really good questions, and gave us some hard things to think about.”


Achieving their “in-process” FedRAMP rating

With Cloudnexa’s help, Knightscope achieved their U.S. Federal Government FedRAMP “In- Process” rating, joining 83 other companies that are actively working towards their agency authorizations for 2022.

Becoming FedRAMP certified means that Knightscope will be able to do business with government entities. It opens up a whole new vertical for the company, with exponential growth possibilities. Knightscope is also the only autonomous security robotics company to have taken this step, which gives them a valuable advantage over their competition.

Today, Knightscope is closer to the completion of their authorization process—a massive success for the company, according to Christopher.

“Having the partnership with Cloudnexa made us more prepared and more successful. I feel that the work Cloudnexa did for us put Knightscope on a completely different level.”

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