FISMA COMPLIANCE AND RISK MANAGEMENT

WHAT IS FISMA?

The Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) is a standard that details a comprehensive framework to protect government information, operations, and assets against natural or man-made threats. All federal, state, and local government agencies, contractors, and organizations that exchange data directly with government agencies must be FISMA compliant. FISMA compliance is a matter of national security and therefore is scrutinized at the highest level of government. Due to the depth and complexity of FISMA, a fully implemented agency-wide information security program is necessary. 

WHAT ARE THE PENALTIES FOR NONCOMPLIANCE?

The penalties for a low or failing FISMA grade include negative publicity for the agency, reduced federal funding for the agency, nd in extreme situations, fines or up to $500,000 or imprisonment. 

A low score means you are at risk for releasing information that is private and sensitive and can severely impact an agency’s reputation and threaten
the jobs of those who are responsible for regulatory compliance.

HOW CAN WE HELP?

ECS provides expert guidance and effective software technology to address the entirety of FISMA compliance and risk management. 

Our solution consistently addresses the seven elements of an effective compliance program (personnel, training and education, policies and procedures, etc.) and includes our controls assessment spanning the entirety of the Cybersecurity Framework and NIST 800-53. Our risk assessment process includes an accurate and thorough assessment of the potential risks and vulnerabilities to the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of sensitive data.

Our process is ultimately concluded by generating detailed reports that can be updated on an ongoing basis. You also maintain access to the system to update your assessment and document your mitigation efforts further demonstrating the strength of your organization's FISMA compliance program.