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FISMA Compliance Software Solutions

Monitor insider activity. Detect anomalies. Respond to incidents. ALL-IN-ONE

Who needs to comply with FISMA?

The objective of FISMA is to ensure the effectiveness of information security controls over information resources that support federal operations and assets by implementing cost-effective security solutions based on the estimated level of cybersecurity risk.

In the beginning, only federal agencies had to comply with FISMA reporting and security requirements. Now, state agencies that manage federal programs, contractors who work with federal agencies, and private sector companies that work with federal agencies must also comply with FISMA.

Who needs to comply with FISMA?

Federal Agencies

Agencies that manage federal programs

Contractors of federal agencies

Stakeholders working with federal systems

Organizations that rely on federal funds

Achieving compliance can be challenging and expensive. Companies have to install new security software for SOX compliance, and employees have to prepare for SOX reporting. Ekran System is insider risk management software that helps you cover most SOX cybersecurity requirements and simplify the auditing process.

FISMA compliance requirements

FISMA requirements


Inventory information systems


Prepare a system security plan


Get certified and accredited


Categorize risks


Evaluate security controls


Access risks


Ensure continuous monitoring

Inventory information systems. FISMA requires all federal agencies to create and maintain an inventory of information systems that they operate or that are under their control. This inventory must identify the interfaces between all systems within the agency’s network.

Prepare a system security plan. All federal agencies have to develop a security plan and update it regularly. These plans have to comply with NIST SP 800-18 Guide for Developing Security Plans for Federal Information Systems.

Get certified and accredited. Each federal agency has to conduct periodic security reviews to show that they can manage their systems to be FISMA compliant. This is accomplished through a four-phase process: initiation and planning, certification, accreditation, and continuous monitoring.

Assess risks. Federal organizations and their contractors have to validate their security controls and determine if any additional controls are needed to protect critical information. The resulting set of security controls establishes a level of security due diligence for the federal agency and its contractors.

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Meeting FISMA security controls with Ekran System

Covering NIST 800-53 security controls is essential for FISMA compliance.

Ekran System offers a set of features to improve access controls, strengthen identification and authentication mechanisms, cover the audit and accountability control family of requirements, and ensure a robust incident response.

Overview of functionality

Control familyRequirementsEkran System features
Access Control
  • Account management (AC-2)
  • Access enforcement (AC-3)
  • System use notification (AC-8)
Audit and Accountability
  • Audit events (AU-2)
  • Time stamps (AU-8)
  • Session audit (AU-14)
  • Audit review, analysis, and reporting (AU-6)
  • Protection of audit information (AU-9)
Identification and Authentication
  • Identification and authorization for organizational users (IA-2)
  • Identification and authorization for non-organizational users (IA-8)
Incident Response
  • Incident handling (IR-4)
  • Incident monitoring (IR-5)

Using Ekran System to meet FISMA continuous monitoring requirements

Ekran System provides the capability to monitor insider activity, detect abnormal behavior, and respond to incidents. In particular, Ekran System:

  • Allows for online and offline monitoring of both in-house and remote users
  • Collects monitoring data in secure storage if the connection is down
  • Offers Protected mode to prevent monitoring being stopped
  • Records each user session in searchable audio and video formats
  • Generates detailed, easy-to-analyze reports

You can configure any number of reports and customize them with a corporate logo and contact information. Ekran System can generate your reports ad-hoc or on a schedule.

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Contact our team to learn how our insider risk management software can safeguard your organization’s data from any risks caused by human factors. Book a call with us at a time that suits you best, and let’s explore how we can help you achieve your security goals.