How can impacted agencies and government contractors most effectively prepare themselves for the transition in FISMA reporting and compliance? The best approach is to consider these changes as an opportunity, and evaluate new requirements alongside your other security obligations.
Where FISMA is concerned, you will be switching gears from spending massive amounts of time putting together documentation to more real-time, impactful security activity. There are likely other areas of security compliance responsibility where your organization can benefit from this shift as well.
As you change your procedures to meet new FISMA requirements, look for opportunities to take a more holistic approach to your overall compliance strategy. If you consider other information security-related regulations your organization complies with, you can effectively leverage one process to meet several different objectives.
FISMA’s new paradigm doesn’t mean agencies and business partners can relax. If anything, it will bring about greater scrutiny than ever before. But it also serves as a chance for you to implement streamlined and coordinated security reporting that leaves your organization less encumbered by arduous documentation, more informed, and ultimately safer.