Definition - What does NIST 800-53 mean?
NIST 800-53 is a publication that recommends security controls for federal information systems and organizations and documents security controls for all federal information systems, except those designed for national security.
NIST 800-53 is published by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, which creates and promotes the standards used by federal agencies to implement the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) and manage other programs designed to protect information and promote information security. Agencies are expected to meet NIST guidelines and standards within one year of publication.
NIST 800-53 is also known as NIST Special Publication 800-53.
Techopedia explains NIST 800-53
NIST SP 800-53 is actually a part of the Special Publication 800-series, which reports on the following:
- Information Technology Laboratory (ITL) guidelines, research and outreach initiatives in information system security
- ITL’s actions with academic, industry and government organizations