FISMA mandates federal agencies and other designated entities to implement and manage security programs to protect sensitive data

Framework Snapshot

The Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) establishes guidelines and security standards to protect government information and operations. Since this risk management framework became law in 2002, FISMA’s scope has broadened to include state agencies that administer federal programs, or private businesses and service providers that hold a contract with the U.S. government. Specifically, FISMA mandates federal agencies and other designated entities to implement and manage security programs to protect sensitive data. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) have oversight responsibilities, reporting evaluation findings to Congress.

FISMA Automation: Compliance for Less

The SureShield platform simplifies FISMA compliance by automating technical controls and guiding you through operational controls.  SureShield’s automation will reduce your overall FISMA compliance cost by up to 90% when compared to traditional, labor-intensive compliance methods.  For organizations requiring compliance to multiple frameworks, crosswalk automation drives cost savings up toward 90%.

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    Benefits Of FISMA Compliance

    Avoid Fees & Penalties

    If you run a business that deals with government data, you need to prove that all the information is secure within your company.

    Monitor & Assess

    Implementing FISMA compliance and having an annual FISMA report can lower the risk of cyber attacks.

    Close Deals

    Beat the competition and close deals with government agencies, simply by being FISMA compliant.

    Under FISMA, companies and government agencies are graded with a FISMA score that is used to indicate the security of internal systems and the data these systems hold. The NIST SP 800-53 Risk Management Framework sets out a process consisting of these six steps:

    1. Categorize by order of risk level
    2. Select baseline security controls
    3. Implement the security controls
    4. Assess the security controls
    5. Authorize the information systems
    6. Continuously monitor security controls


    The consequences for non-compliance with FISMA are about losing government support. Institutions or companies that don’t meet the requirements will lose federal funding and be barred from future government contracts. For private enterprises that depend on government contracts this can be financially devastating. With a low FISMA score, there is also a reasonable risk that sensitive information will be leaked. Ensuring FISMA compliance will not only help to avoid penalties but keep data safe as well.


    Activate FISMA framework


    Install scanner for compliance evidence gathering


    Review baseline evidence to score compliance control status


    Close compliance gaps


    Ongoing compliance and gap surveillance


    Enforced maintenance of compliance readiness

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