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NIST SP 800-53

If your organization is part of the U.S. federal government you need to understand NIST SP 800-53, a set of guidelines governing information security and privacy.

What Is NIST SP 800-53?

NIST SP 800-53 is part of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) 800 Series documents that describe U.S. federal government computer security policies, procedures, and guidelines.

An essential component of Federal Information Security Management Act of 2002 (FISMA) compliance, NIST SP 800-53 (“Security and Privacy Controls for Information Systems and Organizations”) is a cybersecurity standard and compliance framework that defines standards, controls, and assessments based on risk, cost-effectiveness, and capabilities to protect federal information.

At a Glance
Framework NIST SP 800-53
Region United States
Released 2005, revised 2020
SAI360 Solution IT Risk & Cybersecurity
Compliance Standards, Frameworks and Regulations Questionnaires

Why Is NIST SP 800-53 Compliance Important?

NIST SP 800-53 provides standards and guidelines for federal agencies and companies that partner with them to support the requirements of FISMA, including developing, documenting, and implementing agency-wide information security programs.

FISMA applies to state agencies that administer federal programs and private businesses and service providers that hold a U.S. government contract. Noncompliance can result in reduced federal funding and/or other penalties.

How SAI360 Supports NIST SP 800-53

SAI360 supports FISMA compliance and information security management within the NIST Cybersecurity Framework by providing a flexible, agile approach to risk management. Our cloud-first software and modern ethics and compliance learning content maps risk to requirements, automates assessments, and improves compliance and business performance so you can truly manage your IT risk and cybersecurity. It enables you to make agile decisions using up-to-the-minute dashboards for key metrics to:

  • Strengthen FISMA and NIST compliance
  • Centralize policy management across your organization
  • Develop a real-time view to manage IT risk

If you are looking to operationalize your information security controls across your organization, SAI360 provides a solution that is ready to help you meet the expectations of your shareholders, regulators, customers, and partners.


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