NIST ComplianceNIST 800-53 Compliance and Authorization, NIST 800-37 Risk Management Framework (RMF), and Cyber Security Requirements for Federal Government and Commercial Contract Awards




National Institute of Standards and Technology NIST SP 800-53 Compliance


NIST Special Publication (SP) 800-53 exists to help ensure that appropriate security requirements and security controls are applied consistently to all federal information and information systems. With the increase in probing and attacks against government systems a minimum baseline security is required to ensure adequate protections exist.

Practically speaking, NIST compliance guidance provides the security instructions to help government organizations and more recently commercial organizations who store, process, display or transmit sensitive data prepare for authorization under the governments certification and accreditation program under the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA).

SP 800-53 recommends a set of security controls that represents IT security guidance endorsed by the U.S. Department of Defense, Intelligence Community and Civil agencies to produce “the most broad-based and comprehensive set of safeguards and countermeasures ever developed for information systems.”

Company’s are now finding the government is writing NIST security responsibilities into contracts for outsourced services and products.  Praetorian has been involved with NIST, RMF DoD IT, DIACAP and DITSCAP since the initial Federal Information Security Act (FISMA) act was trasitioned-in through NIST security standards.  Below are the services we have successfully supported for fortune 100 and 500 clients who have existing contracts with the Federal Government and Department of Defense.


NIST Special Publication 800-53 Compliance & 800-37 Risk Management Framework Consulting


Praetorian Secure has trained and certified CISSP and NIST experts on staff to assist organizations with translating NIST 800-53. Our regulatory compliance professionals can assist with system categorization, security control selection and implementation, and documentation artifact creation. As Navy Certified Validators and former U.S. Army Agents of the Certifying Authority we integrate with our client’s project team, for the purpose of supplementing expertise and translating requirements.

Praetorian Secure can assist in reducing the cost and complexity that typically accompanies the roll-out of NIST security, risk management framework strategies and processes. Praetorian Secure will identify and implement the appropriate risk management and information assurance program necessary to be compliant with NIST 800-53 standards, NIST 800-37 Risk Management Framework and ensure all of your organizations assets and services remain secure.

Contact us today to budget for supporting government contract requirements or assistance with a security compliance program developed using NIST as a framework.


Below are some of the more commonly practiced NIST-800 Special Publications that Praetorian Secure has experience in assisting with implementation, design, authorization and configuration:

  • NIST SP 800-53 Recommended Security Controls for Federal Information Systems and Organizations
  • NIST SP 800-53a Assessing Security Controls
  • NIST SP 800-37 Guide for Applying the Risk Management Framework
  • NIST SP 800-48 Wireless Network Security
  • NIST SP 800-35 IT Security Services
  • NIST SP 800-42 Guideline on Network Security Testing
  • NIST SP 800-50 IT Security Awareness and Training Program
  • NIST SP 800-34 Contingency Planning for IT Systems
  • NIST SP 800-41 Guidelines on Firewalls and Firewall Policy
  • NIST SP 800-44 Securing Public Web Servers
  • NIST SP 800-45 Email Security
  • NIST SP 800-47 Interconnection IT Systems

Contact us to find out more about NIST 800-53 compliance strategy and implementation.