FISMA/NIST

Securing Federal Information Systems

For federal agencies and the contractors that serve them, compliance with the Federal Information Security Management Act of 2002 (FISMA) is a critical endeavor — and a complex and time-consuming one.

With the latest National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) security and privacy controls, agencies and contractors have considerable flexibility in applying those baseline security controls outlined in Special Publication 800-53. The upshot? Each organization’s controls should align more closely to its mission, operating environment and business requirements.

But tailoring controls to adhere to the NIST standards — while also achieving business objectives — requires an in-depth understanding of the risks posed to the agency, contractor information systems and sensitive data. It also requires thorough documentation of the rationale for those customizations.

LBMC Security & Risk Services has been bringing federal contractors into FISMA compliance with FISMA since its inception. With extensive experience securing the networks and data of government agencies and contractors, our team brings a holistic understanding of the risks these organizations face.

Frame, Assess, Report

LBMC provides a comprehensive range of services to keep federal agencies and their contractors FISMA compliant while providing a practical and relevant level of risk management. These services include:

  • System security plan (SSP). We can help your team develop and maintain this detailed document that details your internal controls.
  • FISMA risk assessment. We provide the independent assessment of your control environment. This will provide peace of mind to your internal and external stakeholders while maintaining FISMA compliance.
  • Penetration testing and vulnerability assessments. We identify and prioritize weaknesses through physical, logical and social testing techniques.
  • Certification to support security accreditation. Our FISMA compliance reviews provide agency officials the confidence they need to sign off on security systems through accreditation.

Our recognized information security experts understand at a deep level how to maintain compliance with a range of complex security frameworks, from FISMA to HIPAA to Service Organization Controls reporting. As a result, we can perform a single assessment and produce multiple assurance reports in a cost-effective way.

To learn more about our FISMA compliance and assessment capabilities, call Thomas Lewis at 615-377-4600. Or contact us here.