NIST SP 800 Publications | Overview & Background | Essential for FISMA Compliance

The NIST SP 800 series of material consist of publications from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), a “non-regulatory” agency, "measurement standards laboratory", within the U.S. Department of Commerce. Established in 1990, the SP documents have grown tremendously in terms of recognition, adoption, ultimately seen by many as industry leading information security publications.

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The passing of the Federal Information Security Management Act of 2002 – effectively known as FISMA – required federal agencies to develop and adopt comprehensive information security measure, for which the NIST publications – particularly NIST SP 800-53, "Recommended Security Controls for Federal Information Systems and Organizations", - became the default framework to use. This in turn spread to many private sector entities, due in large part to federal agencies outsourcing and awarding contracts to the private sector, which created an even larger scope for FISMA compliance, and ultimately the use of the NIST SP 800 publications.

Notable NIST SP 800 Publications | SP 800-53, 30, 37, 39, 153, 144, 57, 46, 41
Fast forward and you’ll find more and more companies adopting, implementing, and adhering to the ever-growing list of NIST SP 800 documents, of which the following – along with many others - have become widely known and used throughout information security:

  • SP 800-53: Recommended Security Controls for Federal Information Systems.
  • SP 800-30: Guide for Conducting Risk Assessments.
  • SP 800-37: Guide for Applying the Risk Management Framework to Federal Information Systems.
  • SP 800-39: Managing Information Security Risk: Organization, Mission, and Information System View.
  • SP 800-153: Guidelines for Securing Wireless Local Area Networks (WLANs).
  • SP 800-144: Guidelines on Security and Privacy in Public Cloud Computing.
  • SP 800-57: Recommendation for Key Management (Part I and II).
  • SP 800-46: Guide to Enterprise Telework and Remote Access Security.
  • SP 800-41: Guidelines on Firewalls and Firewall Policy.

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