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NIST 800-53 Assessments and Audits


  • What is the NIST SP 800-53 standard? Course — 00:38:03
    • K0003, K0020, K0054, K0065, K0157, K0242, K0267, K0524, K0622, S0018, S0034, S0145, S0147

      Explore the NIST SP 800-53 standard, including baselines and compliance.

  • Proactive NIST 800-53 compliance Course — 03:40:58
    • K0065, K0158, K0215, K0242, K0243, K0504, K0510, S0010, S0018, S0023, S0064, S0097, S0145, S0147, S0358

      What happens after an audit and how to create an acceptable compliance culture.

  • Preparing for a NIST 800-53 audit Course — 00:15:22
    • K0020, K0065, K0363, K0504, K0622, S0023, S0034, S0085, S0147, S0152, S0171

      Prepare for a NIST 800-53 audit.

  • How to speed up your information gathering: Security self-assessment tool Course — 00:33:10
    • K0020, K0054, K0065, K0157, K0165, K0622, S0034, S0145, S0147

      Explore security self-assessment.

  • Developing an effective assessment plan Course — 00:31:20
    • K0038, K0054, K0195, K0622, S0034, S0147, S0209, S0369

      Develop a process for starting an assessment and explore how it apply to NIST controls.

  • Essential network security controls Course — 00:44:10
    • K0020, K0027, K0048, K0065, K0157, K0242, K0287, K0377, K0524, K0622, S0023, S0031, S0034, S0147, S0311

      A look at security control identifiers and family names.

  • NIST 800-53 skill assessment Assessment — 34 questions — 00:17:00


What you will learn

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.

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Meet the author

April Powers graduated Magna Cum Laude with a bachelor’s in computer programming in 2012 and earned her master‚ 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 degree.

With 12+ years of experience in IT, her focus has been in mitigating security structure after a data breach, access management, physical security, auditing, compliance, and developing and performing risk management for large organizations. She brings a background in cryptology, IT governance, cyber awareness, cyber training and cyber liaison between operations and IT. Her background includes privacy and security in business, government agencies and recent healthcare environments.

She evaluates and oversees the adoption of automated information systems to accommodate special and complex agency needs. She analyzes, summarizes and reviews data, reports findings, interprets results and makes recommendations. She works with vendors to develop technical requirements, standards and specifications for use and operation of information systems. She has also presented in multiple security conferences, been published in a local newspaper and speaks multiple languages.

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