When your grandparents used to lament about security or warn you to lock your doors at night that was as far as the concept of “security” went. No one thought an intruder could penetrate a location without physically breaking down doors. Yet today, bank robbers can steal millions of dollars from the comfort of a desk chair. On a household level, this unauthorized accessibility sounds concerning, but when considered by government agencies, the threat is terrifying. While average households possess a small amount of valuable information, governments store millions of records, usually of a sensitive nature. Realizing the potential implications of remote threats, the U.S. Government developed a set of cyber security guidelines called the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA). Are you looking to achieve FISMA compliance? Continue reading for an overview of the FISMA certification and accreditation process.
The Federal Information Security Act (FISMA) was introduced in 2002 to ensure that all government vendors, contractors, and partners handle confidential and sensitive information appropriately, intending to provide protection against various security threats. Depending on the nature of your business, you’re going to need to reach specific levels of compliance to avoid FISMA fines, penalties, and consequences.
No organization takes cyber security and digital privacy as seriously as the U.S. Department of Defense. It’s why the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) was implemented by the DoD, setting data security standards government partners and contractors. Vendors that fail to comply with FISMA could be in for stiff fines and penalties.
Maintaining compliance with the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) is essential for government agencies or private contractors that deal with those agencies. Since its formal adoption in 2003, FISMA has helped safeguard critical systems and information. Although FISMA compliance is mandatory for some, it carries with it a number of tangible benefits. In this article, we’ll break down what FISMA is, what the requirements of FISMA are, FISMA standards, and what benefits compliance with FISMA brings for covered entities. This information can help inform organizational decisions regarding whether obtaining, or maintaining, FISMA compliance can be beneficial to your organization and its cybersecurity solutions.
In 2002, the internet was ten years old but still in many ways was in its nascent stages. However, its growth had spurred the dissemination and sharing of information at a torrid rate. At the turn of the century, the term “cybersecurity” had yet to become part of the mainstream lexicon. Despite the lack of sophistication in the early days of the internet, the government realized the potential risk that digital information could pose in the wrong hands.