One of the main cybersecurity strategies used by the government is the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP). FedRAMP was developed by experts from the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Defense, the National Security Agency, and several other agencies. It\u2019s a three-step certification program that ensures security assessment, authorization, and continuous monitoring of any cloud-based products and services.But FedRAMP isn\u2019t exclusive to the government. A cybersecurity breach can be equally devastating to private sector organizations. Take the recent HBO hack, where hackers stole seven times more data than during the infamous Sony hack of 2014. HBO\u2019s breach has sparked concerns about financial documents, employees\u2019 personal information and company emails. A massive effort to find and account for the damage is now underway, and will likely take months (and many hundreds of thousands of dollars).\u00a0Cloud service providers (CSPs) are required to be FedRAMP certified in order to work with the government. But even if your company doesn\u2019t work with the government, FedRAMP certification is still worth pursuing. Here\u2019s why.FedRAMP is a scalable framework.\u00a0The agencies that designed FedRAMP purport to have a \u201cdo once, use many times\u201d framework. This means that it was designed with scalability in mind. As your cloud services grow and your IT changes, FedRAMP is a mechanism that will keep your cyber safety net in place. As a private enterprise, you tend to invest in IT upgrades on a one-off basis. When your technology grows outdated or obsolete, it requires research, expertise, time and more money to stay current. With FedRAMP, you\u2019re being held to account on an ongoing basis, and your security systems are being sporadically evaluated.\u00a0You\u2019ll have better security.\u00a0If you\u2019re managing a company or a division, chances are you don\u2019t know everything about cybersecurity. The FedRAMP analysts are immersed in security day-in, day-out. They\u2019re aware of ongoing challenges, current events and new developments within the landscape. Think of FedRAMP certification as outsourcing your IT security to a very knowledgeable team of technologists. According to various federal reports, from 2006 to 2014 there was a 1,121% increase in security incidents. The average total cost of a data breach for the federal government is $6.5 million. While that will vary in the private sector, rest assured that you don\u2019t want to take the chance of facing a surprise cost that\u2019s even in the same range.It\u2019s good for your bottom line.\u00a0Having better security leaves you less vulnerable to attacks that cost money and resources to remedy. In addition, risk management approaches can be redundant, with different systems and departments requiring different security standards. If your accounting department uses different storage systems than your HR department, for example, you could be using inefficient processes to ensure continuing security. FedRAMP is able to zoom out and take a macro, standardized approach that saves you money and testing expenses.\u00a0It benefits your customers.\u00a0FedRAMP certification offers you bragging rights with your customers. For CSPs and any enterprise integrating cloud-based products, you can ensure your customers that their data is well protected and constantly being evaluated.\u00a0Competitiveness in cloud-first initiatives.\u00a0As more sectors come fully online, you can be sure that more contracts, work proposals and client projects will integrate with the cloud. By staying up-to-date with FedRAMP certification, you gain an edge on your competition. You\u2019ll have the ability to compete for contracts in cloud-based initiatives because your security systems will be compliant with the latest infrastructure demands. You can have the peace of mind of knowing that you won\u2019t be missing valuable opportunities because of outdated technology practices.\u00a0Whether you\u2019re competing for the government\u2019s business or not, there\u2019s plenty of upside to becoming FedRAMP certified. Secure data is one of the best business practices you can pursue.\u00a0Learn more.Jason Yacey is the Senior Director of BlackBerry AtHoc Sales.