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What We Do: FISMA/NIST securing federal information systems

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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 Information Security 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.

Audit Once, Report Many

We are a full-service IT security and compliance firm. By integrating traditional FISMA reporting with industry or regulatory mandates such as SOC, FedRAMP, SOX, HITRUST, HIPAA, PCI, and others we can help you achieve the elusive goal of “audit once, report many.”

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  • CSA-STAR
  • FedRAMP
  • FISMA/NIST
  • HIPAA
  • HITRUST
  • PCI Data Security Standards
  • SOX/COSO/COBIT

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FISMA Compliance: Practical Strategies

FISMA regulations are multi-faceted and burdensome, and as a result, many organizations struggle with compliance. To provide clarity, our industry-leading experts have developed a free FISMA certification guide to help government agencies and contractors better understand FISMA and how to approach compliance in a strategic way. 

This 21 page guide will help you to:

  • Evaluate your organization’s attitude toward compliance—“check the box” compliance vs. risk-based thinking
  • Identify gaps and integrate a holistic approach to implementing and monitoring security controls
  • Understand FISMA compliance—to evaluate security now and maintain security with continuous monitoring

Contents

  • Chapter 1 - Adopting a risk-based stance when evaluating compliance requirements
  • Chapter 2 - Concentrating on key areas when conducting FISMA assessments
  • Chapter 3 - Strengthening your security posture by taking a holistic approach
  • Chapter 4 - Moving toward a mature model of continuous modeling
  • Chapter 5 - Understanding FedRAMP and the security implications of moving to the cloud

We created our guide to help you align your data security program not only with compliance, but with the optimal solution for your organization as well. We hope you enjoy it!

About LBMC

We are a nationally-recognized, award-winning IT security and compliance firm with more than 20 years of experience. We offer the full spectrum of penetration testing, security architecture, risk assessment, and IT compliance services.

  • Fellows of ISSA, the Information Systems Security Association, an honor reserved for 2% of ISSA members worldwide.
  • Information Security Magazine “Security 7” top seven security leaders.
  • ComputerWorld’s Premier 100 IT Leaders in America
  • Southeast Information Security Executive (ISE) of the Year.

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To learn more about our FISMA compliance and assessment capabilities, contact us or call 1-844-526-2732.

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