NIST 800-53, Revision 4 Compliance

Thales e-Security assists with data security compliance for NIST 800-53, Revision 4.

NIST 800-53, Revision 4

NIST Special Publication 800-53, Revision 4 provides a catalog of security and privacy controls for federal information systems and organizations and a process for selecting controls. Thales e-Security helps organizations comply with the requirements of this publication.

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NIST Special Publication 800-53, Revision 4

According to NIST Special Publication 800-53, Revision 4:

[It] provides a catalog of security and privacy controls for federal information systems and organizations and a process for selecting controls to protect organizational operations … , organizational assets, individuals, other organizations, and the Nation from a diverse set of threats ….

The controls are customizable and implemented as part of an organization-wide process that manages information security and privacy risk. The controls address a diverse set of security and privacy requirements across the federal government and critical infrastructure, derived from legislation, Executive Orders, policies, directives, regulations, standards, and/or mission/business needs.

The NIST 800-53 publication also describes how to develop specialized sets of controls, or overlays, tailored for specific types of missions/business functions, technologies, or environments of operation.

Finally, the catalog of security controls addresses security from both a functionality perspective (the strength of security functions and mechanisms provided) and an assurance perspective (the measures of confidence in the implemented security capability). Addressing both security functionality and security assurance ensures that information technology products and the information systems built from those products using sound systems and security engineering principles are sufficiently trustworthy.

How Thales e-Security Can Help You Comply with NIST 800-53, Revision 4

Core Thales e-Security capabilities that help meet all these NIST 800-53, Revision 4 compliance standards include:

  • Encryption and Key Management: Strong, centrally managed, file, volume and application encryption combined with simple, centralized key management that is transparent to processes, applications and users.
  • Access Policies and Privileged User Controls: Restrict access to encrypted data – permitting data to be decrypted only for authorized users and applications, while allowing privileged users to perform IT operations without the ability to see protected information.
  • Security Intelligence: Logs that capture access attempts to protected data, providing high value security intelligence information that can be used with a Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) solution and for compliance reporting.

For a full look at how Thales e-Security solutions map to NIST 800-53 compliance requirements, see our Vormetric NIST 800-53 Mapping white paper with detailed mapping of security controls to Thales e-Security's Thales e-Security product features.

In addition to helping you comply with NIST 800-53, Revision 4; FISMA; FIPS 140-2; FIPS 199; FIPS 200 and FedRAMP, Vormetric security solutions from Thales e-Security are designed to help you comply with:

The Vormetric Data Security Platform

The Vormetric Data Security Platform from Thales e-Security is the only solution with a single extensible framework for protecting data-at-rest under the diverse requirements of Federal Agencies across the broadest range of OS platforms, databases, cloud environments and big data implementations. The result is low total cost of ownership, as well as simple, efficient deployment and operation.

Vormetric Transparent Encryption

Vormetric Transparent Encryption from Thales e-Security provides file and volume level data-at-rest encryption, secure key management and access controls required by regulation and compliance regimes.

Vormetric Key Management

Vormetric Key Management from Thales e-Security enables centralized management of encryption keys for other environments and devices including KMIP compatible hardware, Oracle and SQL Server TDE master keys and digital certificates.

Vormetric Data Security Intelligence

Vormetric Data Security Intelligence from Thales e-Security provides another level of protection from malicious insiders, privileged users, APTs and other attacks that compromise data by delivering the access pattern information that can identify an incident in progress.

Vormetric Application Encryption

Vormetric Application Encryption enables agencies to easily build encryption capabilities into internal applications at the field and column level.

Vormetric Tokenization with Dynamic Masking

Vormetric Tokenization with Dynamic Masking from Thales e-Security lets administrators establish policies to return an entire field tokenized or dynamically mask parts of a field. With the solution’s format-preserving tokenization capabilities, you can restrict access to sensitive assets, yet, at the same time, format the protected data in a way that enables many users to do their jobs.

Vormetric Cloud Encryption Gateway

The Vormetric Cloud Encryption Gateway from Thales e-Security safeguards files in cloud storage environments. It encrypts sensitive data before it is saved to the cloud enabling security teams to establish the visibility and control they need around sensitive assets. Because Vormetric’s Cloud Encryption Gateway relies on Thales e-Security's Vormetric Data Security Manager for encryption key and policy management, customers never relinquish control of cryptographic keys to the provider and data never leaves the enterprise premises unencrypted or unaccounted for.

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Research and Whitepapers : Vormetric FedRAMP / NIST 800-53 Requirements Mapping

Critical to certification for meeting FIPS, is the implementation of security controls from NIST 800-53, Appendix F. Focusing on the capabilities needed to meet these requirements, this paper provides background about the Thales Data Security Platform and the Thales Transparent Encryption product that is delivered through that platform....

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Research and Whitepapers : Encryption as an Enterprise Strategy

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Research and Whitepapers : Cracking the Confusion: Encryption and Tokenization for Data Centers, Servers, and Applications

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