NIST Risk Management Framework
Implementing the NIST Risk Management Framework (RMF)
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) developed the Risk Management Framework (RMF) to provide guidelines for securing information systems within the U.S. government. RMF primarily comprises two NIST publications, NIST Special Publication 800-37, Risk Management Framework for Information Systems and Organizations: A System Life Cycle Approach for Security and Privacy, and NIST Special Publication 800-53, Rev. 5, Security and Privacy Controls for Federal Information Systems and Organizations. It also incorporates guidance from other NIST publications.
Based on these standards, RMF offers a construct to integrate security and risk management principles into an organization’s information system development life cycle. This life cycle follows these seven steps:
If your organization wants to successfully implement RMF, you will need to first secure your systems and obtain an Authorization to Operate (ATO). Then implement ongoing risk management through continuous monitoring to ensure you maintain the ATO. Given the complexity and number of controls that have to be assessed under RMF, instituting a complete GRC program—people, process, and technology—is vital.
The TalaTek Difference
The TalaTek intelligent Governance and Risk Integrated Solution (TiGRIS) takes a different approach to building a risk management program so that it’s achievable for any organization. Our managed service delivers people, process, and technology in a single offering, without the burden of significant investment in staff and technology.
With deep expertise working with federal agencies and other public sector clients, TalaTek has delivered consistent excellence by combining proven processes with GRC experts and FedRAMP-authorized technology. Leveraging our decades of hands-on work with FISMA and NIST, we help you build a program that ensures RMF adherence, facilitates the ATO process, and enables continuous monitoring in your environment.
Meet your Risk Management Framework requirements with TiGRIS, described below.
Security Authorization & Assessment –TiGRIS enables efficient ongoing authorizations for the SA&A process by centralizing all risk data and activity and using repeatable process workflows and trend analysis. TiGRIS empowers stakeholders and decision makers such as ISOs, ISSOs, and AOs to make evidence-based risk decisions while continuing to monitor systems over time, ensuring they remain within defined risk parameters and are in compliance with NIST and RMF.
Plan of Action and Milestones – TiGRIS delivers centralized and efficient POA&M management, including the capability to track activity, manage approvals, facilitate review processes, monitor performance management, assign actionable metrics, and track related costs.
Continuous Monitoring – TiGRIS integrates your governance, risk, and compliance data into a single system of record, enabling continuous monitoring and ongoing authorization of information systems security to support risk management decisions and adherence to all the controls and standards within the RMF.