NIST Unveils ‘Framework Meets FISMA’ Cyber Best Practices

The government’s cyber standards agency released draft guidance Friday outlining cybersecurity best practices for federal agencies.

The long-planned initiative came just one day after President Donald Trump issued an executive order mandating federal agencies implement a cybersecurity framework that agency, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, developed or face consequences.

Friday’s guidance from NIST essentially outlines how agencies can incorporate that cybersecurity framework into their existing security requirements. NIST officials have referred colloquially to the document as “framework meets FISMA,” a reference to the Federal Information Security Management Act, government’s main cyber compliance law.

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