NIST SP 800-53 Compliance & Certification

FLANK provides NIST SP 800-53 consultants & consulting services, and information security policies & policy toolkits and templates for FedRAMP, FISMA, and DFARS compliance to federal contractors. If you’re offering services to federal agencies, such as DoD, HHS, and many others, then you’re probably well aware of the regulatory compliance reporting requirements that have taken root in recent years. FISMA – which has been in effect since 2002, along with FedRAMP, DFARS, and other federal regulations – all use the NIST SP 800-53 publication as their foundation for control validation.

NIST SP 800-53 undergoes routine changes to is framework approximately every two to three years (as of this publication, NIST SP 800-53, version 5 “Security and Privacy Controls for Information Systems and Organizations”, is the current pronouncement), making it a challenge to keep pace with the demands of what’s now becoming one of the most recognized InfoSec publications in the world. Along with the changes, NIST SP 800-53 is an incredibly dense and comprehensive framework, making compliance even that much more challenging.

The World’s Leading Authority on NIST SP 800-53

FLANK offers NIST SP 800-53 consultants & consulting services, and information security policies & policy toolkits and templates for FedRAMP, FISMA, and DFARS to any entity seeking to comply with the ever-evolving NIST standards, so contact us today to learn more about our services. Our portfolio of services for NIST SP 800-53 include the following:

FedRAMP Readiness Assessments

More and more organizations are being required to perform annual FedRAMP assessments as they store, process and/or transmit sensitive information in cloud environments for various for federal agencies. The framework for FedRAMP compliance rests on the well-known NIST SP 800-53 standard put forth by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (https://www.nist.gov/). Incredibly in-depth, comprehensive, and well-respected, NIST SP 800-53 is without question one of the world’s leading InfoSec frameworks – along with ISO 27001/27002 – yet it’s also a framework that many organizations loathe because of its depth and complexities.

For this very reason, FLANK offers industry leading FedRAMP readiness assessments for helping federal contractors get ready for certification by an approved provider. With proper planning, preparation, and remediation, becoming FedRAMP compliant can be a cost-effective and efficient process.

FedRAMP Policy Toolkits and Policy Writing

Developing much-needed compliance policies and procedures for FedRAMP ultimately means developing NIST SP 800-53 policy documents, and FLANK offers comprehensive toolkits and templates for helping federal contractors save hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars on policy writing. Additionally, if you’re looking for that extra step of customization, we also offer FedRAMP policy writing services using our existing templates available for instant download today at flank.org. InfoSec policy writing can take dozens of hours to do – no question about it – and it’s why FLANK has labored long and hard in developing the world’s best NIST SP 800-53 policy templates found anywhere today.

FedRAMP Technical Control Remediation

Many times, federal contractors are also in need of much-needed security and technical remediation of their existing controls. Perhaps password parameters need to be strengthened, or one’s firewall rules need to be re-written with better configurations in place. Whatever type of remediation is needed for FedRAMP compliance in accordance with the NIST SP 800-53 publication, FLANK can assist We have years of experience helping organizations of all sizes and industries with internal control remediation, so contact us today to learn more.

FISMA Readiness Assessments

Similar to FedRAMP, becoming FISMA compliant also requires adherence to the NIST SP 800-53 set of controls, which again, can be challenging for federal contractors. The difference between FedRAMP and FISMA is quite minimal, thus a FISMA readiness assessment would likewise include an examination of an organization’s policies, procedures, and processes related to the actual NIST SP 800-53 control families. And because almost of all the NIST SP 800 publications are updated on a regular basis, this means that changes will be forthcoming for NIST SP 800-53. Controls will continue to be added and modified, requirements will continue to expand, and companies and assessors alike will continue to be challenged – it’s just the nature of federal compliance – and it’s also here to stay. Begin your FISMA compliance, certification, and accreditation on the right path with a readiness assessment from FLANK.

FISMA Policy Toolkits and Policy Writing

Authoring policies is a task nobody really wants to undertake, especially when it comes to FISMA compliance because of the vast amount of documentation that needs to be developed. Yet it’s much more than just policies and procedures, it’s about performing a risk assessment, conducting security awareness training, undertaking third-party due-diligence and vendor management activities, and more. Our toolkits contain all essential materials – policies, forms, checklists, templates, and much more – for ensuring rapid compliance with FISMA, and ultimately, with NIST SP 800-53.

FISMA Technical Control Remediation

Having comprehensive, well-written FISMA policies and procedures is great, but they’re of little value if one’s security and technical controls are not in place. Do your password parameters need to be strengthened? Are your servers hardened accordingly with necessary baseline best practices? These are just a few of the questions you’ll be asking yourself when FISMA remediation comes calling, and luckily, FLANK can assist. Additionally, we also have expertise in identifying and recommending a wide-range of high-quality, cost-effective software tools for meeting many of the required NIST SP 800-53 requirements. From File Integrity Monitoring (FIM) to vulnerability scanning, audit logging and reporting, there’s a multitude of tools that are greatly needed for FISMA compliance

FISMA Assessments and System Security Plan (SSP)

Authoring an actual FISMA specific System Security Plan (SSP) can be a very time-consuming and challenging endeavor, no question about it, and it’s why we developed our very own SSP template that’s available for instant download today at flank.org. Pressed for time and need assistance in completing our easy-to-use SSP template – no problem – we can assist as we’ve helped numerous federal contractors in authoring their SSP.

The Global Authority on NIST SP 800-53

NIST Special Publication 800-53 has become an incredibly well-known and well-respected information security framework/publication. Businesses all throughout the globe are embracing it for the quality, depth, and granularity of information security controls that it represents. There’s no question denying the adoption of NIST SP 800-53 by the global I.T. community, which has forced literally thousands of businesses to seek assistance in becoming FedRAMP, FISMA and even DFARS 800-171 compliant – regulations that all derive their controls from NIST SP 800-53. Contact FLANK today to discuss your NIST SP 800-53 compliance needs.