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Initially introduced in 2002, FISMA has evolved and was reintroduced in 2014 by presidential executive order. Since then it has been improving with the development of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Cybersecurity Framework and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) CIO FISMA Metrics. NIST FISMA Cybersecurity Framework (CFM) aims to create a set of standards around cybersecurity applicable to all industries and organizations regardless of their size. Besides NIST CFM, Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX), and Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS) are the most prominent frameworks and standards when it comes to cybersecurity and is required to enforce depending on the industry and state/federal regulations.   

Any public or private organization that does business with and/or receives funds from the US federal government needs to institute FISMA standards as defined by NIST CFM. These new compliance requirements have impacted many small to large organizations where translating and presenting cybersecurity related investments to stakeholders with little to no security knowledge has proven to be difficult. This makes it somewhat challenging for organizations to become compliant with required standards and frameworks. Moreover, cybersecurity compliance requires different business functions and departments which traditionally act independently, to effectively communicate and work with each other in order to fulfill compliance goals. Cybersecurity compliance not only involves the IT department, but also requires the involvement of all the employees and even third-party contractors to reduce the attack surface and mitigate the risk efficiently.

Datawiz Corporation offers a portfolio of professional Cybersecurity management services that can be tailored to meet your specific needs. We expand Certification & Accreditation (C&A) compliance review program to facilitate removal of material weaknesses, increase FISMA grade and improve the availability, accuracy, and timeliness of processes and products.