What is it?
Part of the US Department of Commerce, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) consists of many laboratories all of which work towards innovation and industrial competitiveness. The NIST 800-53 is part of the 800-series, which publishes standards and guidelines for federal agencies and contractors to adhere to, under the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA). This said, the NIST 800-53 is also used by non-federal organizations wanting to develop and improve their own cybersecurity processes.
Why should I use NIST 800-53 (Rev.4) Compliance?
The NIST 800-53 works very well in helping organizations both initiate a risk management process and assess or review their current one.
The guidance in this compliance uses a three-tier approach, to thoroughly cover all aspects of your organization. Assessing the risk levels in the three tiers - Organization, Mission/Business Processes, and Information Systems - means that each element gets the required specific attention while working within the greater landscape of the business.
Within the controls, businesses can set their own baseline security controls; this is the very minimum at which compliance for your business is met. NIST encourage for this baseline to be agreed upon with the input of a variety of stakeholders.
How can Cloud Conformity help me with this?
Cloud Conformity monitors your compliance with NIST 800-53 (Rev.4) and provides a control-level report for quick, automated assessment and remediation.