NIST 800-53 Risk Assessments

Sera-Brynn Performs Comprehensive 800-53 Risk Assessments for Private Industry, Federal Government, Higher Education Institutions, and Others.


For information systems used within the federal government, comprehensive risk management is tantamount to the security of our nation as a whole. Every day, federal systems and organizations are susceptible to malicious attacks, natural disasters, compromised private data and human error, among many other threats. In order to streamline the government’s efforts to secure their data, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) developed Special Publication (SP) 800-53.

This proactive approach provides standards, guidelines and procedures for safeguarding information systems that store, process or transmit federal data. Furthermore, it assists federal agencies and contractors in adhering to the requirements set forth by the Federal Information Security Modernization Act (FISMA) and Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) 200. SP 800-53 also provides specific direction in implementing various security controls mandated by FISMA. This is a key element in the certification and accreditation process for federal information systems. These security controls are organized into 17 distinct control families, which address topics such as incident response, contingency planning and risk assessment. SP 800-53 also works in conjunction with the Risk Management Framework to employ standard, repeatable security processes and assessment procedures. The security controls can be customized to meet the specific needs of an organization’s infrastructure and security posture.

When properly implemented, the guidelines within SP 800-53 assist in achieving FISMA compliance. Agencies must report their compliance to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) annually. Companies in the private sector can also benefit from 800-53 and overall FISMA compliance, as it attracts additional business from federal agencies. Cloud Service Providers seeking to become FedRAMP approved rely on the unequivocal security control catalog of 800-53. Above all, SP 800-53 provides best practices in ensuring the integrity and confidentiality of sensitive data.

Why Partner with Sera-Brynn for Your 800-53 Risk Assessment?

With hundreds of security controls and enhancements, implementing the requirements of SP 800-53 can be overwhelming and time-consuming. To further complicate matters, SP 800-53 undergoes continuous revisions to satisfy new requirements and ever-changing technology. The security engineers at Sera-Brynn have provided extensive support in assisting companies with NIST SP 800-53 compliance. Additionally, many of our engineers and auditors have prior military or federal experience and have worked with the Risk Management Framework. We are well-versed in the intricacies of each security control family and the processes of fulfilling those controls.

If you have any questions or would like assistance with SP 800-53, let our security experts at Sera-Brynn help you. Contact us today.