NIST 800-53 Assessments and Audits Learning Path

In this path, you'll explore the details of NIST 800-53. You'll look at controls, network security, compliance and much more.

6 hours, 33 minutes

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About NIST 800-53 Assessments and Audits

NIST 800-53 represents security and privacy controls for information systems and the necessary support to develop a comprehensive set of safeguarding measures for all types of computing platforms. This course will help you identify the degree of collaboration needed between security and privacy programs with respect to the implementation of controls. Each control addresses diverse requirements derived from business needs, regulations, laws, policies, standards and guidelines. By addressing each control's functionality, you help to ensure that your information technology systems are sufficient.



NIST 800-53 skill assessment

Assessment - 34 questions

What is the NIST SP 800-53 standard?

Course - 00:38:00

The NIST SP 800-53 standard defines guidelines and security control standards for organizations to manage their information security systems securely. This course will help you understand the controls and the minimum baseline of security controls for all US federal information systems, as required by the Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS).
Essential network security controls

Course - 00:44:00

In this course, you'll explore the NIST Risk Management Framework, control families and the role of the information security architect.
Developing an effective assessment plan

Course - 00:31:00

In this course, you'll prepare for launching an assessment. You'll explore assessment plans, data organization, assessment schedules and more.
How to speed up your information gathering: Security self-assessment tool

Course - 00:33:00

This self-assessment guide utilizes identification and mapping and provides a brief summary addressing the requirements.
Preparing for a NIST 800-53 audit

Course - 00:15:00

In this course, you'll get ready for a NIST 800-53 audit. You'll explore what documentation you need, how to get them from your employees and who needs to attend the audit.
Proactive NIST 800-53 compliance

Course - 03:41:00

In this course, you'll explore NIST 800-53 compliance. You'll learn about creating a compliance culture, the importance of cyber awareness and the concepts of risk and risk acceptance.

Meet the author

April Powers

April Powers graduated Magna Cum Laude with a bachelors in Computer Programming in 2012 and earned her masters in Info Assurance and Security in 2015. Since then she has been pursuing a doctorate in info assurance and security. Her school is a certified learner of the National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE-CD). Currently, she works at the Harvard Medical School as their IT Policy and Compliance Administrator and is attending Harvard Extension School to complete her second master’s certificate in Marketing.

With 13+ years of experience in IT, her focus has been in mitigating security structure after a data breach, access management, data mining, physical security, auditing, compliance, data analysis, developing and performing risk management for large organizations.

She brings a background in cryptology, IT governance, privacy, cyber awareness, cyber training and cyber liaison between legal, business and IT.

Her background includes privacy and security in business, education, non-profit organizations, government agencies and healthcare environments.

She evaluates and oversees the adoption of automated information systems to accommodate special and complex agency needs. She analyzes, summarizes, reviews data, reports findings, interprets results, make recommendations, and develop strategies for modern data sharing that focus on consumers privacy, security and compliance.

She works with vendors to negotiate contracts, develop technical requirements, standards and specifications for use and operation of information systems.

She has also presented in multiple security and hacking conferences, authored several security related articles, published in a local newspaper and speaks multiple languages.

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