Obtaining ATO taking way too long?

We’ve curated a number of resources to help you understand the challenges posed by traditional and manual ATO processes. 

First things first, who is Security Compass?

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Traditional approach to ATO proves to be
costly and inefficient

25 %
of agencies

Indicate that improving software time to market is a priority. 24%  do not track the speed with which their teams produce software. 

15 %
of Agencies

Indicate that it continues to take them four months or more to attain ATO. This figure was highest within federal agencies (38%).

1 %
of agencies

Spend 14 days per year or more staying on top of compliance requirements.  30% don’t know how these controls are tracked.

“Outdated development methodologies and manual security processes are roadblocks to timely product releases. These two factors have a significant impact on the public sector’s ability to release software and applications with speed and safety."

Rohit Sethi, CEO, Security Compass  

Manual processes and reactive methods lead to lengthy delays

Watch security experts explore the challenges faced by government organizations. They discuss the crucial role of integrating security into the earliest stages of development, the modernization of manual governance and control tracking, and the expectation for a risk-based approach to DevSecOps.
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Balancing speed and security is becoming more challenging


Delivering secure software is a requirement for ATO. Delivering it faster is a requirement of all agencies. Doing both is possible by implementing some best practices into the Secure Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC).


Shifting left, automating, integrating, and centralizing documentation are the keys to accelerating software development while improving security and reducing the effort required to achieve ATO certification.

Developers lack training in security and compliance

1 %
of developers

Have to look up security-related topics regularly – once or twice a week (54%) or daily (21%). 

Days per year

Is the average amount of time spent annually on application security learning. That number is slightly less for for Dev team managers

1 %
of developers

State that implementing new code to satisfy security & compliance requirements is the most costly and time consuming activity


Staying current with evolving regulation takes a toll on resources


The task of keeping the knowledge base current at all times proves to be frustrating and expensive. Translating compliance requirements into actionable security policies and controls requires significant effort from already overburdened security resources.


  • 42% of developers who have been assigned requirements related to security and compliance find it challenging to stay up to date with current security and compliance-related activities.
  • 28% of respondents claim that scope creep in security compounds challenges.
  • 19% believe that security processes take too much time.

Scaling ATO without standardization is daunting

Security tool integrations are largely custom efforts today. That investment alone prevents loose coupling of our security tool architectures and timely delivery of security insights to key decision makers. Listen to Jason Keirstead, Chief Technical Officer at IBM, share his challenges, views, and vision.

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Obtain ATO faster and deliver secure software at scale

“When I speak to my teams, I always illustrate [outdated technology] as this 40 year long tail that we’re dragging with us. How are you expected to run if that’s the load that you carry?”

Stephan Mitchev, Director, Office of Application Engineering,

 Acting CTO, USPTO 

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