How Are You Keeping Up with NIST 800-53 Revisions?

Best Practices

The National Institute of Standards and Technology Special Publication 800-53, or simply NIST SP 800-53, is the go-to guideline set in place to help both contractors and federal agencies alike meet the regulatory requirements of the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA). It is designed to help manage information security and, in a world where our personal information is tantamount to a bank vault, the protection of said information requires fastidiousness and diligence.

All federal agencies are required to adhere to NIST SP 800-53 standards. And, although it may not be a regulatory requirement for businesses in the private sector to follow its guidelines, doing so demonstrates a company’s credibility and readiness to shoulder the immense responsibility of safeguarding its clients’ information.

That immense level of responsibility is especially true for insurance companies who deliver Medicare and Medicaid and wish to stay in-line with CMS best practices. Such companies are asking to be entrusted with their clients’ most sensitive and private information. A willingness to not only adhere to but remain current with NIST SP 800-53 standards must be a cornerstone of the business’ governing principles.

NIST SP 800-53 controls are categorized as either low, moderate, or high. They focus on the controls used in the risk management program outlined in SP 800-37 and are assigned a category depending on the objective’s security level.

The eighteen (18) different control families are as follows:

  1. Access Control
  2. Audit and Accountability
  3. Awareness and Training
  4. Configuration Management
  5. Contingency Planning
  6. Identification and Authentication
  7. Incident Response
  8. Maintenance
  9. Media Protection
  10. Personnel Security
  11. Physical and Environmental Protection
  12. Planning
  13. Program Management
  14. Risk Assessment
  15. Security Assessment and Authorization
  16. System and Communications Protection
  17. System and Information Integrity
  18. System and Services Acquisition

Due to the rapidly evolving landscape of the technological industry, NIST SP 800-53 controls and guidelines are forced to adapt to keep pace with new threats. This accelerated advancement presents a genuine challenge to upstanding, responsible companies who recognize the importance of maintaining compliance with industry standards.

That is where Iceberg Networks comes in. We help companies stay well-versed on NIST SP 800-53 as it continues to evolve with each new revision. We will ensure your organization remains compliant and continues to abide by CMS best practices.

If your organization is a Medicare or Medicaid provider, rigorous adherence to NIST SP 800-53 is the only way to ensure you abide by CMS best practices. The most efficient and effective way to ensure that rigorous adherence is to work with a company that can guarantee your information security system will evolve to match the threats it faces.

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