FISMA & NIST Standards

FISMA & NIST Standards

Background

The Federal Information Systems Act (FISMA) requires government agencies to implement an information security program that effectively manages risk. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is a non-regulatory agency that has issued specific guidance for complying with FISMA.

Some specific goals include:

  • Implementing a risk management program
  • Protecting information and information systems from unauthorized access, use, disclosure, disruption, modification, or destruction
  • Ensure the integrity, confidentiality and availability of sensitive information

Some FISMA requirements include:

  • Maintain an inventory of information systems
  • Categorize information and information systems according to risk level
  • Maintain a system security plan
  • Implement security controls (NIST 800-53)
  • Conduct risk assessments
  • Certification and accreditation
  • Conduct continuous monitoring

Potential Risks

An organization's failure to meet the necessary FISMA requirements or NIST standards may lead to a breach of data, loss of ability to process or handle 3rd party data, loss of business customers or partners or regulatory fines. It's also important to keep in mind the possibility of PR damage to your organization and loss of brand equity.

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