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Secure and Resilient Federal Information Systems
NIST SP 800-53 was introduced to protect the sensitive and critical information and systems that are managed by Federal Government systems. The National Institute of Standards and Technology Special Publication 800-53 (NIST 800-53) is a regulatory document that recommends how US government agencies should build, implement, and manage their information security systems and data.
All Federal Agencies (except those related to national security) are expected to be compliant with NIST 800-53 cybersecurity standards and guidelines.
NIST 800-53 compliance is part of NIST’s Cybersecurity Framework, which provides a unified framework for IT security that details standards, best practices, and strategies that help organizations manage security risks to critical infrastructure. NIST 800-53 outlines 18 cybersecurity control categories, including:
security assessment and authorization
system and communications protection
To maintain NIST 800-53 compliance, baselines are set and controls are adapted in accordance with the risk assessment results.
NIST 800-53 Best Practices
It is highly recommended that businesses in the private sector looking to implement robust information security practices or to strengthen their existing ones adapt NIST 800-53. Adhering to NIST 800-53 can also help businesses strengthen their compliance with other cybersecurity program regulations.
Analyze: The first step in NIST compliance is understanding. You need to understand the threats facing your data and information systems as well as where they are currently at risk. Columbia Advisory Group cybersecurity experts automate the monitoring of NIST 800 series compliance.
Educate: CAG helps organizations educate your employees about the steps they need to take to become NIST compliant. In particular there are a number of management controls laid out in NIST 800-53 that your management team should be aware of. Columbia Advisory Group can help you to train your employees in real time on the latest security requirements and best practices. These prompts can keep users on their toes and eliminate those careless actions that threaten organizational security.
Assess: Lots of companies talk about how seriously they take data and information security, but, if you have no way to measure your security policies and processes, how can you improve on them? Working with Columbia Advisory Group compliance portal helps streamline continuous compliance and security control effectiveness tracking for organizations before, during, and after audits. We help you to continuously iterate and improve your security standards against continuously evolving and expanding threats.
As certified cybersecurity & compliance experts (CISSP, CIA, CISA, CEH, PMP, etc.), NIST 800-53 readiness is one of our focuses. Columbia Advisory Group continuously prepares organizations for NIST 800-53 compliances so that they are able to participate in federal contracting and supply chain.
More than Compliance Readiness
Columbia Advisory Group’s managed compliance services will not only take you through the compliance readiness process but also ensures your organizations abides by regulatory requirements, certification bodies in preparation for third-party audits against security standards and cyber-insurance renewals.
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