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FISMA Certification and Accreditation Handbook - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9781597491167, 9780080506531

FISMA Certification and Accreditation Handbook

1st Edition

Authors: Laura Taylor L. Taylor
eBook ISBN: 9780080506531
Paperback ISBN: 9781597491167
Imprint: Syngress
Published Date: 28th November 2006
Page Count: 504
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The only book that instructs IT Managers to adhere to federally mandated certification and accreditation requirements.

This book will explain what is meant by Certification and Accreditation and why the process is mandated by federal law. The different Certification and Accreditation laws will be cited and discussed including the three leading types of C&A: NIST, NIAP, and DITSCAP. Next, the book explains how to prepare for, perform, and document a C&A project. The next section to the book illustrates addressing security awareness, end-user rules of behavior, and incident response requirements. Once this phase of the C&A project is complete, the reader will learn to perform the security tests and evaluations, business impact assessments system risk assessments, business risk assessments, contingency plans, business impact assessments, and system security plans. Finally the reader will learn to audit their entire C&A project and correct any failures.

Key Features

  • Focuses on federally mandated certification and accreditation requirements
    * Author Laura Taylor's research on Certification and Accreditation has been used by the FDIC, the FBI, and the Whitehouse
    * Full of vital information on compliance for both corporate and government IT Managers

Table of Contents



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Chapter 1: What Is Certification and Accreditation?

Chapter 2: Types of Certification and Accreditation

Chapter 3: Understanding the Certification and Accreditation Process

Chapter 4: Establishing a C&A Program

Chapter 5: Developing a Certification Package

Chapter 6: Preparing the Hardware and Software Inventory

Chapter 7: Determining the Certification Level

Chapter 8: Performing and Preparing the Self-Assessment

Chapter 9: Addressing Security Awareness and Training Requirements

Chapter 10: Addressing End-User Rules of Behavior

Chapter 11: Addressing Incident Response

Chapter 12: Performing the Security Tests and Evaluation

Chapter 13: Conducting a Privacy Impact Assessment

Chapter 14: Performing the Business Risk Assessment

Chapter 15: Preparing the Business Impact Assessment

Chapter 16: Developing the Contingency Plan

Chapter 17: Performing a System Risk Assessment

Chapter 18: Developing a Configuration Management Plan

Chapter 19: Preparing the System Security Plan

Chapter 20: Submitting the C&A Package

Chapter 21: Evaluating the Certification Package for Accreditation

Chapter 22: Addressing C&A Findings

Chapter 23: Improving Your Federal Computer Security Report Card Scores

Chapter 24: Resources


OMB Circular A-130: Appendix III

FIPS 199



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About the Authors

Laura Taylor

Laura Taylor leads the technical development of FedRAMP, the U.S. government's initiative to apply the Federal Information Security Management Act to cloud computing. In 2006, Taylor's FISMA Certification and Accreditation Handbook was the first book published on FISMA. Taylor has contributed to four other books on information security and has authored hundreds of articles and white papers on infosec topics for a variety of web publications and magazines. Specializing in assisting federal agencies and private industry comply with computer security laws, Taylor is a thought leader on cyber security compliance. Taylor has led large technology migrations, developed enterprise wide information security programs, and has performed risk assessments and security audits for numerous financial institutions.

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