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NIST SP 800-53, REV

Operationalize NIST SP 800-53, REV. 5 compliance with the most comprehensive PrivacyOps platform

Last Updated on June 25, 2024

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National Institute of Standards in Technology Special Publication (NIST SP 800-53, REV. 5) – Security and Privacy Controls for Information Systems and Organizations is a cybersecurity framework provided by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), which is a US government agency. It includes detailed privacy and security-related controls that can be used to manage risk for organizations of any sector and size and all types of systems.

NIST SP 800-53 Rev. 5 is specifically designed for federal information systems. Compliance with this framework is mandatory for US federal agencies and their contractors that handle sensitive government information. However, compliance with this framework is not mandatory for other organizations, but it is highly recommended for those that handle sensitive personal information, regardless of whether they are a federal agency or a non-federal organization. Complying with NIST SP 800-53 Rev. 5 will not only ensure your organization's compliance with this framework but will also help comply with other regulations such as HIPAA, PCI DSS, GDPR, etc.

NIST SP 800-53 Revision 5 contains a set of controls and enhancements that are organized into 20 families, each focusing on a specific area of security and privacy. The controls and enhancements are designed to provide a comprehensive set of safeguards for all types of computing systems, from general-purpose computing systems to IoT devices.

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The controls and enhancements are grouped into three impact levels: low, moderate, and high, based on the potential impact on an organization if the controls are not implemented. The impact levels help organizations to determine the appropriate level of security controls needed for their systems, based on the level of risk associated with the system and the information it handles.

The Solution

Securiti enables organizations to comply with NIST SP 800-53, Rev. 5 through AI-driven PI data discovery, DSR automation, documented accountability, enhanced visibility into data processing activities, and AI-driven process automation.

Securiti supports enterprises in their journey toward compliance with NIST SP 800-53, Rev. 5, through automation, enhanced data visibility, and identity linking.

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Self-assess NIST SP 800-53 Readiness

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With the help of Securiti’s Assessment automation, you can gauge your organization's posture against NIST SP 800-53 Rev 5 requirements, identify compliance gaps, and address the risks. Seamlessly expand assessment capabilities across your vendor ecosystem to maintain compliance against this framework.

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Automate Data Mapping

Program Management: PM-5

Personally Identifiable Information Processing and Transparency: PT-2, PT-3, PT-6

Configuration Management: CM-8, CM-12, CM-13

Securiti’s Data Mapping automation harnesses data discovery to keep asset and processing records up-to-date, initiate privacy impact assessments (PIAs), generate a record of processing activities (RoPA) reports, and assess risk associated with their data life cycle. Organizations can establish and maintain an accurate and up-to-date inventory of systems and the information processed, stored, or transmitted by systems and instantly trace, manage, and monitor data flows on a single interface.

Operationalize Incident Management

Incident Response: IR-4, IR-5, IR-6, IR-7

Securiti’s Breach Management automates the incident response process by gathering incident details, identifying the scope, and optimizing notifications to users and regulatory bodies to comply with global privacy regulations. Organizations can track all remediation activities and impacted users to ensure that detailed audit trails are maintained for documentation and future insights.

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Honour Data Subject Rights Requests

System and Information Integrity: SI-18(1), SI-18 (4), SI-18(5)

Securiti’s Data Subject Access Requests automation enables organizations to create customized data subject rights request forms embedded in websites, verify identities, and aggregate requests into a fulfillment automation workbench.

Operationalize Consent & Cookies Management

Personally Identifiable Information Processing and Transparency: PT-4

Securiti’s Cookie Consent automation enables organizations to scan websites to classify cookies, deploy customized consent collection points, and link consent to user identities and personal data categories collected from endpoints.

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Automate Privacy Notice and Privacy Policy Management

Personally Identifiable Information Processing and Transparency: PT-5, PT-6

Program Management: PM-20(1)

Securiti’s Privacy Notice and Privacy Policy automation enable organizations to create and maintain privacy notices and policies for all digital properties using pre-built templates and automated updates from cookie and data mapping modules.

Automate Data Asset Discovery (Dark Data System Discovery) & Sensitive Data Discovery (Sensitive Data Intelligence)

Planning: PL-8

Access Control: AC-23

Program Management: PM-5

Securiti’s Data Asset Discovery automation automatically discovers all native and self-hosted data systems in all major public clouds and third-party inventory tools into a central repository enriched with metadata about owners, regions, locations, security, and privacy.

Securiti’s Sensitive Data Intelligence module enables organizations to automatically discover all shadow data assets, establish a sensitive data catalog, and build a relationship map between discovered personal data and its owners across native and self-hosted data systems in all major public clouds and third-party inventory tools.

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Implement Data Classification and Labeling

System and Information Integrity: SI-18(2)

System and Communication Protection: SC-16

Access Control: AC-16

Securiti’s Data Classification automation classifies and organizes data to ensure appropriate security controls are enabled on the most sensitive data in your organization.

Operationalize Data Security Posture Management

System and Information Integrity: SI-4, SI-5, SI-6, SI-10, SI-11, SI-12, SI-19,

System and Communication Protection: SC-2, SC-4, SC-7(24), SC-12, SC-13, SC-23, SC-28

Securiti’s Data Security Posture Management automation discovers and auto-remediate security misconfigurations in SaaS and IaaS data systems using a library of rules based on vendor recommendations, industry standards, and best practices.

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Implement Data Access Intelligence

Access Controls: AC-3, AC-4, AC-24, AC-25

Securiti’s Data Access Intelligence enables organizations to gain visibility into access privileges and data usage, including recommendations to help achieve a least-privilege access model.

Automate Data Access Controls

Access Controls: AC-2, AC-3(4), AC-5, AC-6, AC-7, AC-8, AC-12, AC-17

Securiti’s Data Access Controls automation defines and enforces centralized access control policies to datasets based on users, groups, and roles.

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Automate Security Assessment and Monitoring

Assessment, Authorization and Monitoring: CA-2, CA-3, CA-7(4), CA-7(6), CA-9

Securiti’s Assessment automation helps organizations conduct automated security assessments to evaluate processing activities and associated risks. Organizations can also keep a birds-eye view of potential risks against non-compliance to regulatory requirements by routinely monitoring and scanning personal data and sensitive personal data.

Data Risk Scoring

Risk Assessment: RA-3

Assessment, Authorization, and Monitoring: CA-7(4)

Program Management: PM-28

Securiti’s Data Risk management module develops a risk score for every data set & ranks them based on data assets, location, and residencies, enabling an organization to gain visibility into data risk hotspots using a proprietary risk scoring model based on tunable risk factors such as the sensitivity level of the data, concentration of sensitive data, location of data, etc.

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Automate Risk Assessments

Risk Assessment: RA-3, RA-4, RA-7, RA-8

Securiti’s Assessment automation helps organizations conduct automated risk assessments to evaluate risks to processing activities. Organizations can also keep a birds-eye view of potential risks against non-compliance to regulatory requirements by routinely monitoring and scanning personal data and sensitive personal data.

Facts about NIST SP 800-53, Rev.5


Purpose: NIST SP 800-53, Rev. 5 provides a comprehensive set of security and privacy controls for federal information systems and organizations to protect against threats and vulnerabilities.


Scope: The publication applies to all federal information systems, including those operated by contractors on behalf of the federal government.


Tailoring: The publication allows organizations to tailor the controls based on their specific security and privacy requirements and risk management strategies.


Implementation: Organizations are expected to implement the recommended controls and are encouraged to continuously monitor and assess their security and privacy posture.


Compliance: Federal agencies must comply with NIST SP 800-53, Rev. 5, to meet their security and privacy obligations under various federal laws, regulations, and policies.


Updates: NIST SP 800-53, Rev. 5 is updated periodically to reflect the changing threat landscape and to incorporate new technologies and best practices for information security and privacy.

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