Qualitel NIST Certification

Certified Level 3 Cybersecurity – NIST Certification

What is NIST Certification

NIST Special Publications 800-53 and 800-171 provide a catalog of security and privacy controls for all U.S. federal information systems except those related to national security. Published by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), a non-regulatory agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce, NIST develops and issues standards, guidelines, and other publications to assist federal agencies in implementing the Federal Information Security Modernization Act of 2014 (FISMA) and to help with managing cost-effective programs to protect their information and information systems. 

NIST SP 800-53 is part of the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) and 800-171 aligns with the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS). FISMA covers the framework that government institutions use for appropriate levels of security and privacy in their systems. DFARS covers the proper protection of Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) when a non-federal organization is using that data on its internal systems.

Guidelines for these controls are revised occasionally based on changes to information security and cover areas like mobile and cloud computing, insider threats, application security, and supply chain security. These guidelines strengthen the security of information systems used in the federal government. They work with any component of an information system that stores, processes, or transmits federal information. 

The Importance of NIST Certification

NIST SP 800-53 and NIST 800-171 guidelines are an important component of FISMA compliance. It improves the security of information systems by providing a fundamental baseline for developing protected organizational infrastructure. NIST guidelines recommend that all data should be ranked accordingly to which is most sensitive to further develop security programs. 

Understanding the threats facing data and information systems as well as compliance with federal guidelines is vital to maintaining organizational security and staying fully operational. NIST SP 800-53 and NIST 800-171 are very useful as reference material for designing security plans, and their controls are used as a basis for other special publications/regulations. The primary mission of NIST is to promote innovation and industrial competitiveness in the U.S. by advancing and enhancing measurement science, technology, and standards in ways that improve our quality of life and our economic security. Even for businesses that are not required to comply with NIST SP 800-53 or NIST 800-171, the standards are still an excellent foundation for managing information security.

How You Can Benefit from Qualitel’s Certification

Qualitel’s security program is aligned to NIST SP 800-53 and NIST 800-171 and allows us more capability in the military sector. We continue to work to improve the maturity of our program by strengthening controls and adding new ones where needed. We are committed to professional development and make certifications a top priority, including NIST 800-53 and recognize the importance of maintaining compliance with industry standards.

We can help companies stay well-versed on NIST SP 800-53 and NIST 800-171 as they continue to evolve with each new revision. We will ensure your organization remains compliant and continues to abide by NIST best practices. The most efficient and effective way to ensure that rigorous adherence is to work with a company that can guarantee your information security system will evolve to match the threats it faces.

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