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What does FISMA mean and how is FISMA compliance determined?

FISMA stands for the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA). On paper, FISMA outlines the steps federal agencies must follow to establish, record and execute information security programs to protect their data and information systems that drive the agency’s operations and programs.  This law has also been expanded to cover data security requirements for private-sector government contractors.

Under FISMA, contractors should ensure their information technology and data handling protocols comply with minimum requirements for FIPS 200, NIST Publication 800-53, and NIST SP 800-37.  Organizations will also need to work with government agencies to conduct risk assessments on their security controls, prepare regular status reports, security analyses and conduct other forms of continuous monitoring.  You can view the entire rule here and also review some commonly-asked FISMA questions.

How does FISMA Hosting work?

One of the ways your company can ensure you obtain FISMA compliance is by moving your programs and government data into the cloud.  Abacus Private Cloud can help with this.  Our virtual cloud hosting platform makes it simple to work with sensitive government data anytime, anywhere on any device. This is because your data and software would be stored in an ePHI and HIPPA-compliant hosting environment featuring 2FA; 256-AES encryption; SSL-A-rated domestic servers; and three layers of physical, server and data security.  Our experienced FISMA hosting and data security specialists will also configure your account to be FISMA-compliant and work with you to safely migrate your government agency-provided data.

How can I audit and maintain compliance with FISMA?

Fortunately, you won’t have to worry about this! Our FISMA hosting specialists regularly audit all of our accounts using the same NIST standards that FISMA recommends.  We also regularly automate software updates and apply critical patches to ensure your data and programs are protected from cybercriminals.

Are there Abacus Private Cloud clients who are FISMA-compliant today?

Absolutely! Contact us today to learn how Abacus Private Cloud can help you meet your FISMA compliance goals.

Additional Resources

  1. Federal Information Security Management Act
  2. FIPS 200
  3. NIST Publication 800-53
  4. NIST SP 800-37
  5. Commonly-asked FISMA questions