BSC and NIST SP 800-53 REV 5

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has solicited feedback from BSC on the fifth revision of its 800-53 Special Publication. Our experience and commitment to best practices in security and compliance ideally positions us to give NIST recommendations as they seek to streamline its requirements.

NIST Special Publication 800-53 Rev 5

Click here to learn more about the latest revisions.

Why does NIST SP 800-53 matter to me and my business?

All federal agencies and contractors that store or process government-sensitive information are expected to comply with the guidelines within one year of the latest document’s publication. Information systems that are under development are expected to be compliant upon deployment.

What exactly is NIST SP 800-53?

This publication provides a catalog of security controls for all U.S. federal information systems, and the organizations that connect to those systems. The controls are designed to protect government agencies, companies, and the country as a whole, from security threats, including hostile cyber attacks and widespread system failures.

The publication’s stated controls are customizable, and implemented as part of an organization-wide process that manages information security and privacy risk.

Doesn’t “revision” automatically mean more regulation?

Actually, NIST is soliciting ideas for streamlining the process. REV 5 is intended to focus requirements to more easily determine which are applicable to your business’ unique mission.

How can BSC assist me with NIST SP 800-53 preparation and compliance?

We will keep you updated on the revision process through our blog, newsletter, and website. Then, we can help you prepare for REV 5 with minimal impact on operations and at a reasonable, fixed cost. Contact us today for a free consultation.

Related Links

Pre-Draft for Special Publication 800-53 Rev 5
NIST Special Publication 800-53 REV 4

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