FISMA Scoping & Readiness Assessments – Fixed-Fees for Federal Contractors
FLANK offers comprehensive FISMA scoping & readiness assessments and annual FISMA assessments for federal contractors throughout North America.
With growing compliance mandates being places on subs and primes from various federal agencies, becoming compliant with the Federal Information Security Modernization Act (FISMA) is now a mandate, so begin the process with FLANK’s proven and efficient scoping & readiness assessment today.
It’s important to understand that becoming compliant with FISMA is by no means an overnight process – it can take quite a bit of time, much more if not properly planned from the beginning, and it’s why a scoping & readiness assessment is essential. Want to save time, money, and operational headaches when it comes to FISMA, then here’s what we offer for helping you do just that.
Why a FISMA Scoping & Readiness Assessment is Essential
Assessing Scope: First and foremost, it’s important because you need to understand audit scope – specifically – what are the actual boundaries for a FISMA assessment? Do you know what business processes are to be included, what physical locations are under scope, the personnel to be involved? Important questions that need answers, and our FISMA scoping & readiness assessment fully answers them. Imaging not having clear answers to such questions – your FISMA audit would turn into a real challenge – trust us on this.
Learning about NIST SP 800-53: Additionally, you’ll need to gain a strong understanding of the relevant information security controls found within NIST SP 800-53, the authoritative publication used for assessing businesses for FISMA compliance. NIST SP 800-53 is an incredibly comprehensive documentation filled with hundreds of I.T. and operational controls that must be adhered to by federal contractors, such as access control, incident response, security awareness and training, and many more.
NIST SP 800-53 is without question one of the most detailed InfoSec frameworks found anywhere today, and it requires a strong understanding of information security for ensuring its controls are correctly adapted and implemented.
Interpreting FIPS 199: As part of the prescribed risk management approach published in NIST SP 800-53, organizations will need to first categorize the information system based on a FIPS Publication 199 impact assessment and then select the applicable security control baseline based on the results of the security categorization and apply tailoring guidance (including the potential use of overlays).
Thus, depending on the categorization you choose – LOW, MOD, or HIGH – this will ultimately determine the various controls for which you’ll need to implement and comply with. Please note that FISMA compliance can differ significantly depending on which security categorization you choose for your environment.
Let’s Get Started on Your FISMA Scoping & Readiness Assessment
1. Ask yourself what’s in-scope: Many businesses have multiple service lines they offer to clients, so, are all of the services you provide in-scope, or is it a particular platform? This is important because scope creep can create havoc on FISMA compliance, certification, and accreditation. Too small a scope and you’ll find that customers and other intended users of the final FISMA Security Assessment Report (SAR) will start asking questions about missing information. Too large a scope and you’ll find yourself spending dozens upon dozens of unnecessary hours on FISMA compliance.
2. Understand the importance of remediation: One of the most time-consuming aspects of becoming FISMA compliant for federal contractors is none other than performing essential remediation. As for remediation, it’s a two-fold process that includes (1). Documentation remediation, and (2). Technical/Security Remediation. They both can be incredibly time-consuming, expensive, and quite challenging to implement, but they’re also both a strict requirement for FISMA compliance.
3. Technical remediation is essential: As for technical remediation for FISMA compliance, federal contractors will often find a wide-range of security deficiencies within their control environment. Servers and critical I.T. systems need to be patched more frequently. Passwords parameters need to be strengthened. Various tools, such as File Integrity Monitoring (FIM), Intrusion Detection Systems (IDS), and more, are often missing or not properly configured.
It’s therefore essential you work with a FISMA compliance consultant who truly understands the importance of remediation, but one who can also point you in the right direction in terms of tools and solutions that can be implemented. Talk to FLANK today about our FISMA expertise.
4. Policies and Procedures remediation is also essential: Nobody – and we mean almost nobody – really likes authoring information security policies and procedures. It’s a taxing, boring, and time-consuming process that seems to get passed down and around to somebody who reluctantly says “OK, I’ll do it.” FLANK has a better idea, one that can save you hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars – download our FISMA All-in-One Toolkit.
Developed by federal regulatory compliance experts, our FISMA toolkit contains hundreds of pages of professionally developed information security policies, forms, templates, program materials, and so much more. Becoming FISMA compliant for federal contractors just became that much easier!
5. Continuous Compliance is Essential: Staying compliant is just as important as becoming compliant, which means putting in place the necessary controls and related policies, procedures, and processes. Getting to the top of the FISMA mountain is a great accomplishment indeed, but keeping on top of the mountain can be an incredibly time-consuming and challenging proposition. What’s needed is a true commitment by internal personnel for helping maintain FISMA compliance, and that begins by working with a regulatory compliance expert, such as FLANK, who can offer comprehensive outsourcing services for staying FISMA compliant. How do we do it? Simple. We perform all the essential compliance activities needed for ensuring the mandated controls as found within NIST SP 800-53 are being adhered to. From Access Control (AC) to Program Management (PM), the NIST SP 800-53 framework is large indeed, all the more reason for bringing in the experts at FLANK for assist with ongoing compliance.
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