NIST 800-53 Based Security Documentation
Comprehensive NIST 800-53-Based Cybersecurity Policies & Standards
The NIST 800-53 rev4-based Written Information Security Program (WISP) is our leading set of NIST-based cybersecurity policies and standards. This is a comprehensive, editable, easily implemented document that contains the policies, control objectives, standards and guidelines that your company needs to establish a world-class IT security program. Being Microsoft Word documents, you have the ability to make edits, as needed. For companies that need to be compliant with NIST 800-171, the WISP provides coverage for NIST 800-53 moderate baseline controls so you could implement the WISP for your NIST 800-171 compliance needs!
The WISP can serve as a foundational element in your organization's cybersecurity program. It can stand alone or be paired with other specialized products we offer.
This NIST-based WISP is a comprehensive, customizable, easily-implemented Microsoft Word document that contains the NIST 800-53 rev4-based policies, control objectives, standards and guidelines that your company needs to establish a robust cybersecurity program. Being a Microsoft Word document, you have the ability to make edits to suit your company's specific needs. NIST 800-53 is the de facto standard for cybersecurity requirements that is issued by the US government. Therefore, government agencies, defense contractors, telecom service providers, health care providers, financial companies or any organizations that contract with the government tend to adopt NIST-based best practices over all other frameworks, based on regulatory requirements.
Unlike some of our competition that sell “bronze, silver and gold” levels of documentation, we understand that a standard is a standard for a reason. We take out the guesswork associated with picking an appropriate package level - we focus on providing documentation that offers a straightforward solution to provide the appropriate coverage you need. This focus on providing the best solution for our clients makes us proud that we are providing the best set of IT security policies and standards available. Saving a few dollars on a cheap solution can easily leave you with a false sense of security and gaping holes in your documentation that can leave you liable.
What Is The Written Information Security Program (WISP)?
Our products are one-time purchases with no software to install - you are buying Microsoft Office-based documentation templates that you can edit for your specific needs. If you can use Microsoft Office or OpenOffice, you can use this product! The WISP contains NIST 800-53 based cybersecurity policies & standards in an editable Microsoft Word format:
- Each of the NIST 800-53 rev4 families has a policy associated with it, so there is a total of 26 policies.
- Under each of the policies are standards that support it.
- The WISP covers the moderate control set from NIST 800-53 rev 4.
- The WISP addresses the “why?” and “what?” questions in an audit, since policies and standards form the foundation for your cybersecurity program.
- The WISP provides the underlying cybersecurity standards that must be in place, as stipulated by statutory, regulatory and contractual requirements.
- Just as Human Resources publishes an “employee handbook” to let employees know what is expected for employees from a HR perspective, the WISP does this from a cybersecurity perspective.
What Problem Does The WISP Solve?
- Lack of In House Security Experience - Writing security documentation is a skill that many good cybersecurity professionals simple are not proficient at and avoid the task at all cost. Tasking your security analysts and engineers to write comprehensive documentation means you are actively taking them away from protecting and defending your network, which is not a wise use of their time. The NIST-based WISP is an efficient method to obtain comprehensive NIST 800-53 based security policies and standards for your organization!
- Compliance Requirements - Nearly every organization, regardless of industry, is required to have formally-documented security policies and standards. Requirements range from PCI DSS to HIPAA to NIST 800-171. The WISP is designed with compliance in mind, since it focuses on leading security frameworks to address reasonably-expected security requirements. The WISP maps to several leading compliance frameworks so you can clearly see what is required!
- Audit Failures - Security documentation does not age gracefully like a fine wine. Outdated documentation leads to gaps that expose organizations to audit failures and system compromises. The WISP's standards provides mapping to leading security frameworks to show you exactly what is required to both stay secure and compliant.
- Vendor Requirements - It is very common for clients and partners to request evidence of a security program and this includes policies and standards. The WISP provides this evidence!
How Does the WISP Solve It?
- Clear Documentation - The WISP provides comprehensive documentation to prove that your security program exists. This equates to a time saving of hundreds of hours and tens of thousands of dollars in staff and consultant expenses!
- Time Savings - The WISP can provide your organization with a semi-customized solution that requires minimal resources to fine tune for your organization's specific needs.
- Alignment With Leading Practices - The NIST-based WISP is written to align your organization with NIST 800-53 rev4!
Product Example - NIST 800-53 WISP
Our customers choose the NIST 800-53 rev 4 Written Information Security Program (WISP) because they:
- Have a need for comprehensive IT security documentation built on an industry framework
- Need to be able to edit the document to their specific needs
- Have documentation that is directly linked to best practices, laws and regulations
- Need an affordable solution
Don't take our word for it - take a look at the example below to see for yourself the level of professionalism and detail that went into it.
Cost Savings Estimate - Written Information Security Program (WISP)
The process of writing cybersecurity policies and standards can take an internal team many months and it involves pulling your most senior and experienced cybersecurity experts away from operational duties to assist in the process, which is generally not the most efficient use of their time.This also requires involvement from your internal team for quality control and answering questions, so the impact is not limited to just the consultant's time being consumed. In addition to the immense cost of hiring a cybersecurity consultant at $300/hr+ to write this documentation for you, the time to schedule a consultant, provide guidance and get the deliverable product can take months.
When you look at the costs associated with either hiring a consultant to write cybersecurity documentation for you or tasking your internal staff to write it, the cost comparisons paint a clear picture that buying from ComplianceForge is the logical option. Purchasing the WISP offers these clear advantages:
- Compared to hiring a consultant, you can save months of wait time and tens of thousands of dollars!
- Compared to writing your own documentation, you can potentially save hundreds of man-hours and the associated cost of lost productivity.
- Orders are usually processed the same business day so you get your documentation quickly!
When you factor in approximately 140+ hours of a cybersecurity consultant and the internal staff time to perform reviews and refinements with key stakeholders, purchasing a WISP from ComplianceForge is approximately 2% ($41,000+ savings) of the cost as compared to hiring a consultant to write it for you!
When you factor in 240+ hours of internal staff time to research, write and peer review cybersecurity documentation, purchasing a WISP from ComplianceForge is approximately 5% ($17,000+ savings) of the cost as compared to writing your own documentation!
Creating A Cybersecurity Program Based On NIST 800-53
ComplianceForge provides businesses with exactly what they need to protect themselves - professionally written policies, procedures, standards and guidelines at a very affordable cost. Similar documentation standards can be found in Fortune 500 company that have dedicated IT Security staff. All information security policies and standards are backed up by documented best practices. The following leading practices are mapped into the NIST-based Written Information Security Program (WISP) and you will get an Excel spreadsheet with the mapping as part of your purchase:
- NIST 800-53 rev4
- FedRAMP (moderate baseline)
- NIST 800-171 rev 1 (DFARS 252.204-7012)
- FAR 52.204-21
- SOC 2 (AICPA criteria)
- NY DFS
- PCI DSS v3.2
- ISO 27002:2013
- NIST Cybersecurity Framework
- CIS Critical Security Controls (CSC) (SANS Top 20)
- MA 201 CMR 17.00
- Oregon ID Theft Protection Act (ORS 646A)
In addition to NIST-based Cybersecurity Policies & Standards, The NIST 800-53 WISP Comes With These Supplemental Cybersecurity Resources
As an extra bonus, we include the following supplemental documentation at no additional cost:
- Excel spreadsheet that maps the standards to multiple statutory, regulatory and contractual frameworks
- Customizable cybersecurity awareness training presentation in Microsoft PowerPoint for information security awareness training ($260 value)
- Cyberecurity awareness training form
- Customizable Incident Response Plan (IRP) template
- Business Impact Assessment (BIA) template
- Business Continuity Plan (BCP) & Disaster Recovery (DR) template
- Service provider indemnification & Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) template
- User acknowledgement form
- Change management request form
- Risk assessment methodology template
- Appointment orders for an Information Security Officer (ISO)
This documentation saves hundreds of hours by not having to make it on your own!
FAR vs DFARS (NIST 800-171) Implications
NIST 800-171 isn’t just for Department of Defense (DoD) contractors. Representatives from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and DoD officials have recently been putting this information out in webinars and other training seminars on NIST 800-171. Many of our clients who need to address DFARS 252.204-7012 also have to address FAR 52.204-21. One common question we receive from clients pertains to aligning with the correct security framework to ensure they have the proper coverage for compliance. This generally revolves around aligning with ISO 27001/27002, the NIST Cybersecurity Framework or NIST 800-53, since those are the most common security frameworks.
The bottom line is that utilizing the NIST Cybersecurity Framework or ISO 27001/27002 as a security framework does not directly meet the requirements of NIST 800-171. In fact, NIST 800-171 (Appendix D) maps out how the CUI security requirements of NIST 800-171 relate to NIST 800-53 and ISO 27001/27002 security controls. This includes callouts where the ISO 27001/27002 framework does not fully satisfy the requirements of NIST 800-171. Therefore, policies and standards based on NIST 800-53 are what is needed to comply with NIST 800-171.
This means that only the NIST 800-53 framework is going to meet FAR requirements of NIST 800171 - ISO 27002 and the NIST Cybersecurity Framework are going to be insufficient in coverage.
This Is How NIST 800-53 Cybersecurity Documentation Is Meant To Be Structured!
ComplianceForge provides businesses with exactly what they need to protect themselves - professionally written policies, procedures, standards and guidelines at a very affordable cost. Similar documentation standards can be found in Fortune 500 company that have dedicated IT Security staff. All information security policies and standards are backed up by documented best practices.
Hierarchical Approach - Built To Scale & Evolve With Your Business
Our experience has proven that when it comes to Information Security policies, a standard is a standard for a reason. With that in mind, our Written Information Security Program (WISP) is based on industry-recognized best practices and Information Security standards so that you can meet your legal requirements. Unlike some competitor sites that offer “Bronze, Silver or Gold” packages that may leave you critically exposed, we offer a comprehensive Information Security solution to meet your specific compliance requirements. Why is this? It is simple - in the real world, compliance is penalty-centric. Courts have established a track record of punishing businesses for failing to perform “reasonably expected” steps to meet compliance with known standards.
The Written Information Security Program (WISP) follows a hierarchical approach to how the structure is designed so that standards map to control objectives and control objectives map to policies. This allows for the standards to be logically grouped to support the policies.
Policies are “high level” statements of management’s intent and are intended to guide decisions to achieve rational outcomes. Policies are not meant to be prescriptive, but provide an overall direction for the organization.
Control Objectives support policy by identifying applicable requirements that the organization needs to address. These applicable requirements can be best practices, laws or other legal obligations.
Standards establish formal requirements in regards to processes, actions and configurations. Standards are entirely focused on providing narrowly-focused, prescriptive requirements that are quantifiable.
Procedures are formal methods of performing a task, based on a series of actions conducted in a defined and repeatable manner.
Controls are technical or administrative safeguards that may prevent, detect or lessen the ability of the threat actor to exploit a vulnerability.
Metrics are designed to facilitate decision-making, improve performance, and improve accountability through the collection, analysis, and reporting of relevant performance-related data.
NIST 800-171 Compliance Concerns?
Does your company need to comply with NIST 800-171 requirements for MODERATE baseline controls from NIST 800-53 rev4? The NIST version of the Written Information Security Program (WISP) is a comprehensive set of IT security policies and standards that is based on the National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST) 800-53 rev4 framework and it can help your organization become compliant with NIST 800-171 requirements.
Additionally, you will want to take a look at our NIST 800-171 Compliance Criteria (NCC) product, since it contains practical guidance on how to comply with NIST 800-171 requirements. This supports the NIST-based WISP.
NIST 800-171 describes fourteen (14) families of security requirements for protecting the confidentiality of CUI. The families are aligned with the minimum security requirements for federal information and information systems described in Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 200, with exceptions for contingency planning, system, and services acquisition and planning requirements. Appendix D of NIST 800-171 maps requirements to both NIST 800-53 rev4 and ISO 27002:2013 best practices. Only NIST 800-53 offers complete coverage for NIST 800-171 requirements.
In addition to NIST-based IT Security Policies & Standards, NIST 800-53 WISP Comes With These Supplemental IT Security Resources
As an extra bonus, we include the following supplemental documentation at no additional cost:
- User acknowledgement form
- User equipment receipt of issue
- Service provider non-disclosure agreement form
- Incident response form
- Information Security Officer (ISO) appointment orders
- Administrator account request form
- Change Control Board (CCB) meeting documentation template
- Plan of Action & Milestones (POA&M) documentation template
- Ports, protocols & services documentation template
- Statutory, Regulatory & Legal compliance checklist
- Incident Response Plan (IRP) template
- Business Impact Analysis (BIA) template
- Disaster Recovery Plan (DRP) template
- Business Continuity Plan (BCP) template
- Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) template
- Electronic discovery (e-discovery) guidelines
NIST 800-53 Written IT Security Documentation - Robust Approach To Cybersecurity
For a preview into what the twenty-six (26) Written Information Security Program (WISP) policies create is a comprehensive cybersecurity framework, based on NIST 800-53 v4 best practices and organized by FIPS 199 Management, Operational, Technical and Privacy categories:
The Most Comprehensive NIST 800-53-Based IT Security Documentation Available Online
Which Product Is Right For You?
Our documentation is meant to address your requirements from strategic concepts all the way down to day-to-day deliverables you need to demonstrate compliance with common statutory, regulatory and contractual obligations. We offer up to 40% discounts on our documentation bundles, so please be aware that you have benefit from significant savings by bundling the documentation you need. You can see the available bundles here.
We are here to help make comprehensive cybersecurity documentation as easy and as affordable as possible. We serve businesses of all sizes, from the Fortune 500 all the way down to small businesses, since our cybersecurity documentation products are designed to scale for organizations of any size or level of complexity. Our affordable solutions range from cybersecurity policies & standards documentation, to NIST 800-171 compliance checklists, to program-level documentation, such as "turn key" incident response, risk management or vulnerability management program documents. Our focus is on helping you become audit ready!