FISMA and NIST Compliance
Secure privileged accounts and access while demonstrating compliance with FISMA and NIST requirements
WHAT’s the challenge
The Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) specifies that not only federal agencies, but also their government contractors, need to develop, document, and implement a security program to protect IT systems and data. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) provides specific steps to comply with FISMA.
WHY it’s important
A review and audit of FISMA compliance is conducted every year. Those agencies and contractors that fail face public censure and put their organization at risk of cyber attacks. These attacks have resulted in high profile breaches of government agencies and their employee information.
HOW we solve it
Thycotic provides comprehensive Privileged Access Management and Security solutions that secure privileged account passwords and lock down applications, endpoints and OS configurations to help you meet FISMA and NIST compliance requirements.
Too many federal agencies falling short in FISMA compliance
The Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) is US legislation that defines a comprehensive framework to protect government information, operations and assets against natural or man-made threats.
Yet more than 10 years after its enactment, recent research published by the Government Accountability Office warned that 15 to 24 federal agencies had “persistent weaknesses” in cyber security. At least 22 agencies reported problems including protecting access to computer servers and implementing security management programs.
Government is the biggest cybersecurity threat: new reports show federal agencies are unprepared for hackers and pending legislation won’t help much.
– US News & World Report, Oct. 2, 2015
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) recommends several steps to comply with FISMA, including NIST SP 800-53, Rev. 4 requirements that specifically address Access Control, Audit and Accountability, and Identification and Authentication control . Thus, managing and securing privileged accounts and their elevated privileges has become a key component of federal cybersecurity auditing standards.
22 of 24
agencies reported problems including protecting access to computer servers and implementing security management programs.
PRIVILEGED PASSWORD SECURITY
Thycotic Secret Server provides a privileged account management system for federal agencies and other government institutions looking to achieve FISMA and NIST compliance and prevent the loss of critical, classified information as a result of a data breach. Thycotic Privileged Account Management and security solutions help you:
- Create, share, and automatically change enterprise passwords. Assign user permissions at any level, and track password usage with full audit reports. Organize secrets in intuitive nested folders and do it all through a simple, customizable dashboard.
- Ensure multiple top-level security layers essential for agency-wide password management. With Secret Server, you get them all: AES 256 encryption, two-factor authentication, 100-character passwords, custom workflow approvals, active session monitoring, SIEM integration, and more.
- Notify your team in real time when you change network passwords, craft your own Password Changers, and customize your alerts. Credentials are always up-to-date, and you’ll know immediately when an administrator changes a password.
- Meet compliance mandates around agency privileged account password requirements. Use Secret Server to help your organization demonstrate compliance with FISMA and NIST mandates.
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Protect endpoints from malware and secure users with Least Privilege Access
Local administrator rights have become ubiquitous in government network environments. And, because of the unfettered access these rights provide, administrator accounts and privileges are one of the most common targets of hackers and cyber-criminals. Once gained, administrator privileges allow an attacker to install malware, steal information from the system, compromise other systems, and stage additional attacks against domains, servers and other devices within the network. Limiting access to administrator rights, however, presents challenges that impact your trusted users since legitimate software often requires administrator rights to be properly installed.
Thycotic privileged access security software offers easy-to-manage tools that can help you mitigate these risks by promoting a Least Use Privilege strategy for all users on all your Windows endpoints. Thycotic Privilege Manager for Windows, for example, enables organizations to limit the need for providing Administrator rights to end users, business users and IT admins while providing a flexible and dynamic framework for allowing safe, trusted software to be installed as required. This means that malicious software can’t be installed, even accidentally, protecting your systems from a variety of the most common hacker attacks.
Adhering to this Least Use Privilege strategy allows organizations to mitigate the risk from over 90% of the Critical-rated vulnerabilities from Microsoft for Windows and reduce the ability for hackers to infiltrate and attack these target systems.
Thycotic helps you lock down Windows applications, endpoints and OS configurations
Federal agencies today need to lockdown desktops that help stop malware and ransomware attacks that can have devastating and costly consequences. That means removing IT admin privileges from most users to lower risk, and limiting privileges for IT admins to improve security. The powerful combination of three solutions within Thycotic’s privileged access and security solutions enable you to stop malware attacks at the end-point, limiting an attacker’s ability to move beyond their initial point of entry.
Thycotic’s privileged access and security solutions give you the tools to:
- Discover and identify applications that require Administrator rights.
- Locate application installers and their location in your environment.
- Dynamically elevate privileges for end users to use approved applications and functions.
- Allow trusted applications to run via customizable whitelisting policies.
Stop exploits such as malware and ransomware at the endpoint
Thycotic provides comprehensive endpoint privilege management and security solutions that:
- Assure least privilege application control.
- Enable administrative user group management.
- Deliver security compliance and automated remediation.