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NIST 800-53 and FedRAMP FISMA

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Do you want to fully comply with government regulations on data integrity? Then find a competent information protection program now. FedRAMP has been in the forefront of the fundamentals of compliance.

It only provides compliments cloud service providers. Therefore, you need a program that specifically prescribes controls. To be totally compliant, understand how such a program can be integrated with FedRAMP.

Why Do You Need A Data Protection Program?

Perhaps one of your objectives is to work with government departments. Note that the Federal Information Security Act (FISMA) of 2002 needs all service providers to create, adopt and implement information protection strategies. This regulation refers not just to assets belonging to your agency, but also those coming from a contractor, other agencies and sources.

Simply put, you must have FISMA compliance to apply for a future government contract. The good news is that modern data protection programs bring you all the answers to compliance questions. It should be a step ahead of using the cybersecurity framework form NIST as the foundation of your compliance.

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What Does An Information Protection Program Need?

Obtain guidelines for creating security policies and privacy controls from Zen GRC’s premier program. You have a plan for developing assessments on IT depending with the risk tolerance. The program specifies 10 key indicators. In the lowest level, you are able to build regulations, create oversight, communicate effectively, set controls, develop deadlines, appoint assessor/edit teams and keep paperwork.

This is perhaps the most effective capability of GRC automation. You will more easily spread information internally when you break communication stores. Similarly, you have easier oversight with a centralized documentation of policies and controls.

How Does FedRAMP Come In?

FedRAMP is your assistant as far as implementing the data integrity software is concerned. The software itself allows your company to factor in considerations of account platform and organizational needs.

In many cases, organizations hire external cloud service providers. If you choose to take this route, you might lack direct control of privacy and security. The data protection program from ZenGRC under the “3.2.3 Tailor assessment procedures” enables you to customize the procedures of assessment. FedRAMP enables you to meet the goals of a tailored review.

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The 3 main principles of FedRAMP

You need to develop a model for risk tolerance so you can review your cloud service provider’s ability to secure information. To achieve this, FedRAMP’s three principles of managing information protocols come in handy. These are confidentiality, availability and integrity of data stored, transmitted or processed by the information system.

You can use FedRAMP to emphasize the risk of your cloud service provider around the confines of your most preferred data security program. There are low, medium and high-risk levels. These report on how your business activities and assets would suffer from a security compromise.

For instance, a low risk cybersecurity threat might compromise audiences’ access to a blog post. It might erase work completed in a few hours. An example of a medium risk is an attack on your WordPress hosting site that takes down all posts created within the last year.

On the other hand, a high-risk example is an attack that totally restricts operation of the entire site for a week or two. When thinking about the various risk levels in your business assets, consider that the risk levels may be different for industries, specializations and niches.

How Does FedRAMP Determine Risk?

There are two steps under FedRAMP’s risk assessment- determining your type of service provider and reviewing risks associated with service deployments. The first step employs the following chart.

Just like Software as a Service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS) is considered as a major application that needs high scrutiny levels, while infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) needs a more general support.

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Does your organization heavily depend on CSP for core operations, integrate your risks highly. In reference to the above risk example, you can easily replicate blog content in the event of a cyber threat. If your consumer data is stored in the same cloud drive, that poses a higher risk.

FedRAMP’s second step allows you to review deployment risks in private, public, government, community, and hybrid cloud services. Understand the audiences of your CPS and then grasp the security approach of your audiences.

How to Preset Your Data Protection Program with FedRAMP to Comply With FISMA

You have to check your company’s user and access rights when assessing CSPs. Next, automate your preferred information protection tool with FedRAMP. Once you achieve requirements for FISMA compliance you keep updated authorizations and benefit from a smoother process.

It is complicated to keep track of all individuals if you are in a large organization. Thanks to a powerful information protection program, you can document all user authorizations in a single location.

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Author Bio

Ken Lynch is an enterprise software startup veteran, who has always been fascinated about what drives workers to work and how to make work more engaging. Ken founded Reciprocity to pursue just that. He has propelled Reciprocity’s success with this mission-based goal of engaging employees with the governance, risk, and compliance goals of their company in order to create more socially minded corporate citizens. Ken earned his BS in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from MIT.

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