FIPS | Overview | Federal Information Processing Standards | the Importance of Information Security Policies

The “Federal Information Processing Standard(s)” simply known as FIPS to many - are publicly announced standardization documents developed by the United States government and subsequently issued by the National Institute for Standards and Technology, known as NIST. Whereas NIST is technically a "measurement standards laboratory", the FIPS publications are“…official publications relating to standards and guidelines adopted and promulgated under the provisions of the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) of 2002.” Some of the more well-known publications are FIPS 140, 199, and 200.

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FIPS | Highly Respected Security Documents Used Throughout the World
A large number of the FIPS publications are essentially modified documents and standards put forth by numerous other technical communities and associations, such as ANSI, IEEE, and ISO. Many of the FIPS standards have become a requirement for numerous federal agencies, as FIPS itself, along with the NIST SP 800 documents, are an important component of FISMA compliance.

NIST and FIPS | A Common Bond for FISMA and the Need for Policies
Look upon the FIPS publications as those relating specifically to guidelines and standards, while the NIST SP 800 publications are industry, government, and academia related documents. Again, they both form a fundamental component of FISMA compliance, and with other federally mandated information security requirements and best practices. Compliance with FISMA in turn means having to put in place a large number of operational and information security policies, procedures, processes, forms - and other types of supporting documentation.

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