FISMA Compliance Handbook

Second Edition

This comprehensive book instructs IT managers to adhere to federally mandated compliance requirements. FISMA Compliance Handbook Second Edition explains what the requirements are for FISMA compliance and why FISMA compliance is mandated by federal law. The evolution of Certification and Accreditation is discussed.

This book walks the reader through the entire FISMA compliance process and includes guidance on how to manage a FISMA compliance project from start to finish. The book has chapters for all FISMA compliance deliverables and includes information on how to conduct a FISMA compliant security assessment.

Various topics discussed in this book include the NIST Risk Management Framework, how to characterize the sensitivity level of your system, contingency plan, system security plan development, security awareness training, privacy impact assessments, security assessments and more. Readers will learn how to obtain an Authority to Operate for an information system and what actions to take in regards to vulnerabilities and audit findings.

FISMA Compliance Handbook Second Edition, also includes all-new coverage of federal cloud computing compliance from author Laura Taylor, the federal government’s technical lead for FedRAMP, the government program used to assess and authorize cloud products and services.

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Information Security professionals of all levels, systems administrators, information technology leaders, network administrators, information auditors, security managers, and an academic audience among information assurance majors.


Book information

  • Published: August 2013
  • Imprint: SYNGRESS
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-405871-2

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: What Is Certification and Accreditation?

Chapter 2 FISMA Trickles into the Private Sector

Chapter 3: FISMA Compliance Methodologies

Chapter 4: Understanding the FISMA Compliance Process

Chapter 5: Establishing a FISMA Compliance Program

Chapter 6: FISMA Compliance Project Management

Chapter 7: Preparing the Hardware and Software Inventory

Chapter 8: Determining the Information Sensitivity Level

Chapter 9: Addressing Security Awareness and Training Requirements

Chapter 10: Addressing End-User Rules of Behavior

Chapter 11: Addressing Incident Response

Chapter 12: Performing Security Testing

Chapter 13: Conducting a Privacy Impact Assessment

Chapter 14: Performing the Business Impact Analysis

Chapter 15: Developing the Contingency Plan

Chapter 16: Preparing the Security Assessment Report

Chapter 17: Developing a Configuration Management Plan

Chapter 18: Preparing the System Security Plan

Chapter 19: Before Submitting Your Documents

Chapter 20: Evaluating the Security Assessment Package for Authorization

Chapter 21: Addressing Compliance Findings

Chapter 22: FedRAMP and Cloud Computing