NIST 800-53 compliance: who needs it and why?
As a non-regulatory agency of the US Department of Commerce, NIST focuses on researching and establishing general guidelines and standards that federal agencies must meet.
Security control baselines
Privacy control baseline
Privacy control baseline
The Ekran System platform is the ultimate NIST 800-53 compliance software that covers the core security controls and makes it easy to secure your organization’s critical assets and sensitive data.
Using Ekran System to meet NIST 800-53 requirements
Ekran System helps you comply with NIST 800-53 security controls and secure your sensitive data by providing user activity monitoring and auditing, identity and access management, and incident response capabilities.
NIST 800-53 Revision 5.1 provides detailed guidelines for the above-mentioned security and privacy controls that cover 20 control families.
NIST 800-53 control families
AC – Access Control
AT – Awareness and Training
AU – Audit and Accountability
CA – Assessment, Authorization, and Monitoring
CM – Configuration Management
CP – Contingency Planning
IA – Identification and Authentication
IR – Incident Response
MA – Maintenance
MP – Media Protection
PE – Physical and Environmental Protection
PL – Planning
PM – Program Management
PS – Personnel Security
PT – Personally Identifiable Information
Processing and Transparency
RA – Risk Assessment
SA – System and Services Acquisition
SC – System and Communications Protection
SI – System and Information Integrity
SR – Supply Chain Risk Management
For each of these families, there’s a large list of NIST 800-53 controls that includes security controls with different impact levels. However, organizations don’t need to implement all of these controls to comply with FISMA and NIST SP 800-53. They need to follow the baseline recommendations for architecting information security systems but are free to choose which security tools and solutions to use for that purpose.
- Access Control (AC)
- Audit and Accountability (AU)
- Assessment, Authorization, and Monitoring (CA)
- Identification and Authentication (IA)
- Incident Response (IR)
- Maintenance (MA)
- Planning (PL)
With Ekran System, you can implement the necessary security controls for NIST 800-53 control families including:
As a NIST compliance tool, Ekran System fully covers all of the controls in the Audit and Accountability family while also covering the majority of security controls in other control families.
Ekran System offers a robust set of privileged access management capabilities, enabling you to granularly manage access permissions for different users, roles, and user groups. Other access management features provided by Ekran System include manual access approval, time-limited access permissions, one-time passwords, two-factor authentication, and secondary authentication for shared accounts.
Audit and Accountability
Assessment, Authorization, and Monitoring
Ekran System offers functionality for securely authorizing users and entities as well as continuously monitoring their actions within the IT infrastructure.
Identification and Authentication
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