For federal agencies and other entities that must adhere to compliance regulations, it can be a struggle to ensure that any software installation complies with the requirements of the National Institute of Standards and Technologies (NIST) Risk Management Framework (RMF).

Risk management is the process of identifying, assessing, and controlling threats to an organization’s capital and earnings. Threats can be defined as anything ranging from personal, malware attacks, system failures, financial uncertainty, legal liabilities, strategic management errors, accidents, and natural disasters. If it has the possibility to negatively affect the company, then it is a threat.

Risk management is an important business practice that helps businesses identify, evaluate, track, and mitigate the risks present in the business environment. Risk management is practiced by the business of all sizes; small businesses do it informally, while enterprises codify it.

The Risk Management Framework (RMF) provides a process that integrates security and risk management activities into the system development life cycle. The risk-based approach to security control selection and specification considers effectiveness, efficiency, and constraints due to applicable laws, directives, Executive Orders, policies, standards, or regulations.

Certification and Accreditation (C&A) is a defined process within the 6-Step RMF process. It ensures that all known risks are identified so that decisions can be made about whether the system should operate or not, as well as what limitations or additional controls must be used. The evaluation compares the current systems’ security posture with a specific standard (NIST RMF, DIACAP, COBIT, ISO, etc.).

For details about NIST RMF visit the NIST Website.

Our personnel have the coveted Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP) and Certification and Accreditation Professional (CAP) certs from ISC2.org. Pairing these certifications with our robust processes and procedures ensure that your Maximo concerns with C&A are addressed.