7. What is NIST SP 800-53, and do you have policy and procedure documents that align with this specific NIST publication?
NIST SP 800-53 has been one of the hallmark information security publications put forth by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Though it’s gone through – and will continue to do so – numerous revisions, resulting in updated and enhanced versions, SP 800-53 forms the underlying information security framework for federal agencies. Ever since the passage of FISMA in 2002, NIST SP 800-53 has been extensively used by both federal agencies and private entities for helping put in place a comprehensive framework of security controls, one that’s been sorely needed for helping create more uniformity and transparency.
It’s an excellent document that outlines critical information security topics and subject matter for which any organization should adhere to in today’s world of growing cyber security threats and ever-increasing regulatory compliance mandates. To learn more about NIST SP 800-53, and the current revised publication, simply visit the NIST SP 800 publications page today at http://csrc.nist.gov/publications/PubsSPs.html.
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What’s also interesting to note about NIST SP 800-53 is that the publication is a result of “…security controls from the defense, audit, financial, healthcare, industrial/process control, and intelligence communities as well as controls defined by national and international standards organizations.” It’s essentially one of the very best documents you’ll find on the broader subject of information security, and one that also is used extensively by federal agencies – and private organizations – for purposes of FISMA compliance.
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