FISMA Policies and Procedures & Writing Services – Fixed-Fees for Federal Contractors
FLANK, North America’s leading provider of FISMA compliance & certification services and FISMA Toolkits & Templates, also offers comprehensive FISMA policies and procedures & writing services and solutions for helping federal contractors comply with the Federal Information Security Modernization Act (FISMA) of 2014.
Becoming FISMA compliant can be an incredibly daunting and challenging task, something that’s made even more arduous when one assesses the documentation requirements landscape for FISMA. Policies and procedures are a big part of today’s compliance mandates – and only getting bigger – so now’s the time to turn to the trusted experts at FLANK for much-needed assistance.
Get to Know NIST SP 800-53 for FISMA Policies and Procedures
Authoring FISMA policies and procedures can be one of the most demanding and exhausting aspects when it comes to compliance with the Federal Information Security Modernization Act of 2014. Why? Because FISMA compliance ultimately means adhering to the in-depth control requirements found within NIST SP 800-53.
In short, becoming compliant with NIST SP 800-53 also means that you’re essentially complying with a large element of FISMA, at least in terms of reporting for federal contractors. However, the amount of FISMA policies and procedures that need to be created in accordance with the NIST SP 800-53 framework can be overwhelming – to say the least.
Download the FISMA Compliance All-in-One Toolkit
Becoming compliant with FISMA can be an incredibly demanding undertaking, but thanks to FLANK’s industry leading FISMA Compliance All-in-One Toolkit, federal contractors now have all the tools, templates, and resources for helping ensure quick compliance with the Federal Information Security Modernization Act (FISMA) of 2014.
Available for instant download, you’ll receive professionally developed NIST SP 800-53 specific information security policies, procedures, forms, checklists, templates, readiness & gap assessment documents, and more, all that map directly to all three levels of categorization of controls in accordance with NIST SP 800-53.
The FISMA Compliance All-in-One Toolkit comes complete with the following 7 sections:
- NIST SP 800-53 Information Security Policies and Procedures Packet
- NIST SP 800-53 Policy Packet
- FISMA System Security Plan (SSP) Template
- FISMA Scoping & Readiness Assessment Templates
- Cyber Incident Response and Reporting Program
- Third-Party Due-Diligence & Vendor Management Program
- Risk Management & Risk Assessment Program
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Developing the next generation of security and privacy controls in accordance with NIST SP 800-53 requires world-class documentation, security and privacy policies and procedures that are incredibly comprehensive, well-written, and easy-to-use and implement. That’s what FLANK offers with the FISMA Compliance All-in-One Toolkit that’s available for instant download today.
The security of this great nation relies on the implementation of sound and well though-out security and privacy controls for all information systems in use – throughout local, state, and federal agencies, but also the private sector. The essential framework for robust security and privacy controls thus begins with rock-solid documentation. FLANK has it, not just for FISMA, but for dozens of other regulations, frameworks, and InfoSec best practices.
The use of computing systems is being pushed to what NIST calls the “edge”. Society is relying on information systems more than ever before in terms of storing, processing, and transmitting massive amounts of data. Can you protect these systems from cyber-attacks? Do you have the required security and privacy controls in place? You can achieve this by implementing the NIST SP 800-53 framework and its related control families, and FLANK can help with world-class regulatory compliance documentation.
Need to Become FISMA Compliant? Follow This Proven Process
Phase I: Readiness & Gap Assessment
Getting on the right track with FISMA compliance, certification, and accreditation begins by getting a grasp on the following essential items:
Scoping parameters: It’s essential to determine the following: (1). What specific legal, regulatory, and other reporting requirements do you have for FISMA, and to whom. (2). Determining what business process/platform is in scope, the related information systems, personnel, facilities, third-party providers, and others. (3). Identifying and determining security control categorization (i.e. LOW, MOD, and HIGH) – a process commonly known as Step 1 of the Risk Management Framework.
Keep in mind that the security categorization chosen will provide relevant insight into the amount of work ultimately needed for becoming FISMA compliant. LOW categorization naturally is smaller in scope in terms of controls when compared to MOD and HIGH.
Security and technical gaps and deficiencies: Determining what gaps and deficiencies exist in one’s control environment in relation to the prescribed security and privacy controls within NIST SP 800-53 is an essential step that must be performed. Once such gaps are readily identified, remediation needs to take place, which can be time-consuming. Security and technical remediation ultimately requires the implementation of security tools and solutions – something FLANK can assist with.
Documentation gaps and deficiencies: One of the most demanding and challenging aspects of becoming FISMA compliant is developing the massive amount of documentation needed. NIST SP 800-53 is an incredibly in-dept and comprehensive document, which translates into a heavy InfoSec policy and procedures writing assignment. It’s a task most people simply don’t want to undertake – understandably so – and it’s a task that FLANK now has reduced by 90%, thanks to our world-class FISMA policies and procedures, toolkits, and other supporting documents that are available for instant download today.
Talk to almost anybody in the world of regulatory compliance and they’ll tell you that authoring information security policies and procedure is a tedious and often boring exercise, but it’s got to be done. With NIST SP 800-53 now including twenty (20) control families, the documentation requirements for FISMA have once again grown.
Phase II: Control Selection, Remediation, and Implementation
In Phase II of FLANK’s FISMA compliance, certification, and accreditation process, organizations will then need to select and finalize the relevant security controls (LOW, MOD, and HIGH), while also undertaking the all-important task of remediation. Phase II is often the most time-consuming and laborious process of FISMA compliance as it essentially consists of Steps 2 – 4 of the NIST Risk Management Framework (RMF) process.
In regards to remediation, you’ve got to ensure the following: (1). Remediate all security and technical controls. (2). Remediate all documentation deficiencies. (3). Remediate all operational initiatives that are currently inadequate and insufficient. Now, let’s take a deeper dive again into these three (3) areas.
Security and Technical Controls: Remember that NIST SP 800-53 is a highly technical document containing literally dozens of requirements that generally can only be met by a security tool or solution and/or by provisioning an information system in the manner required. This takes work. It requires competent personnel and also the resources (and finances) to purchase, acquire, implement, and maintain a wide-range of security tools and solutions.
Documentation Deficiencies: Organizations undertaking FISMA compliance become aware very quickly of the need for documentation – specifically – information security policies and procedures. Authoring InfoSec documents can take a tremendous amount of time and effort, hence the reason for finding a set of well-written, easy-to-use, yet comprehensive information security policies and procedures templates.
FLANK has them. In fact, we’ve developed the very best information security policies and procedures found anywhere today for FISMA compliance, or any other of the dozens of compliance mandates. Saving time and money on FISMA compliance – and other regulations – begins with having industry leading InfoSec templates in place. Visit us at flank.org today to learn more.
Let’s be honest – authoring information security policies and procedures can be an incredibly time-consuming and tedious process, something that very few companies are willing to embark upon. We more than understand, and because of this, it’s important to source a high-quality, comprehensive set of FISMA policy templates written to match the standards put forth in NIST SP 800-53. FLANK has these documents, and they’re available for instant download today, so visit flank.org to learn more.
Operational Initiatives: Do you perform an annual risk assessment? How about undertaking annual security awareness training? Have you tested your BCDRP/CP and your incident response plan? These are just a few examples of some of the most common “operational” initiatives that need to be in place for helping ensure FISMA compliance is met. FLANK’s toolkit for FISMA is just what the regulatory compliance doctor orders, so visit flank.org to learn more. When it comes to saving time, money and headaches regarding FISMA compliance, the only name you need to know is FLANK.
Phase III: FISMA Assessment, Reporting, and Continuous Monitoring
Steps 5 and 6 of the NIST SP 800-37 Risk Management Framework (RMF) are included in FLANK’s Phase II process of assessing, reporting, and continuous monitoring. Let’s take a look at each of the activities in more detail.
The actual “assessment” activity consists of a qualified resource – such an independent, experienced federal auditor – to perform an audit against the prescribed NIST SP 800-53 controls, documenting such findings with an official “Security Assessment Report” – commonly known as a SAR. Prior to performing an official SAR, a best practice that many organizations perform is what’s known as a “dry run”, a pre-audit for ensuring all controls are in place as functioning as designed. This is done primarily to avoid having to provide lengthy answers in a Plan of Action and Milestones (POAM) about gaps and deficiencies, something that can raise eyebrows with senior federal agency officials.
Along with the SAR, organizations must also develop a System Security Plan (SSP), and possibly even a POAM. The SSP provides an in-depth description of the in-scope information system, personnel involved, and other important matters. As for the POAM, it provides a listing of deficiencies and the subsequent steps an organization will take for corrective action.
After the SAR, SSP, and POAM (don’t you just love the alphabet soup of FISMA compliance!) comes the authority to operate (ATO). So, what’s the ATO? The authority to operate (ATO) is a designation granted by a senior agency official that essentially allows the system to function and be in use. So, here’s your alphabet soup of FISMA compliance one more time:
- Security Assessment Report (SAR)
- System Security Plan (SSP)
- Plan of Action and Milestones (POAM)
- Authority to Operate (ATO)
Why FLANK for FISMA Compliance?
Whatever your needs are for FISMA compliance, certification, and accreditation, FLANK has you covered! We offer world-class FISMA policy templates, policy writing services, along with numerous other professional services and solutions. We’ve also performed a large number of FISMA compliance, certification, and accreditation services for federal contractors all throughout the country. We know FISMA inside and out, always staying one step ahead of the regulatory compliance mandates that are becoming increasingly costly and time-consuming for businesses.
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