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FISMA - The Governing Federal Authority for Wireless Security

FISMA is the Federal Information Security Management Act of 2002. It imposes strong requirements to secure government information. Federal agencies are held accountable for their success in meeting this goal on an annual basis. Non-government organizations that exchange data with federal information systems also must comply with requirements of FISMA. This page provides an introduction to FISMA, which governs controls for wireless security.

About FISMA

FISMA is part of the E-Government Act of 2002. FISMA includes three categories: assessment, enforcement, and compliance. The first addresses assessing the security of federal assets. The second requires implementing and managing controls for security. The third addresses management of an agency’s information security program and the accountability of each agency for compliance and reporting.

FISMA directs the National Institute of Standards and Technologies (NIST) to create and manage technical standards for compliance. The Act directs audits for FISMA compliance to be managed by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB); however, in July 2010, OMB directed the Department of Homeland Security to assume oversight of operational aspects of federal agency cyber security for federal information systems subject to FISMA.

Why FISMA Matters to Your Agency

Wireless networks are an entry point for threats to federal systems. Obvious vectors include sovereign states, terrorists, criminals, and hackers, but threats may also stem from mistakes committed by government employees and contractors. A successful exploit could hinder or stop vital functions of government and critical services. Implementing wireless security controls can prevent breaches through wireless networks. If an agency fails to comply with FISMA, it may be sanctioned via a budget cut. Non-compliance by contractors that exchange data with federal information systems could result in contract termination or preclusion from bidding on future federal contracts.

How AirTight Solutions Help Agencies Meet FISMA Requirements

AirTight offers the most powerful wireless intrusion prevention (WIPS) technology to protect both wired and wireless networks from wireless threats. SpectraGuard Enterprise WIPS is used by defense and civilian agencies in the United States and abroad which are the most security conscious. AirTight solutions are appropriate to protect "no Wi-Fi" and managed Wi-Fi networks.

AirTight offers the only comprehensive overlay security solution to protect both wired and Wi-Fi networks from wireless threats. AirTight integrates easily with most enterprise WLANs. Airtight 802.11n sensors are backward compatible with 802.11abg and offer future proof security with a system that can be automatically upgraded as new versions of its products are released. AirTight products are FIPS, Common Criteria and CAC compliant.

Links in this microsite will lead you to more information about federal wireless security requirements and solutions from AirTight Networks. Please contact your AirTight Networks federal sales representative for information specific to your agency’s requirements.

Agencies must deploy and manage security controls for a variety threats in order to comply with FISMA. These controls are specified by NIST, and military agencies are further expected to follow other guidelines - especially for wireless networks that provide access to classified information involving national security. For details, see:

Civilian Agencies - in technical standards from NIST
Learn how AirTight Networks helps civilian agencies comply with wireless security controls in NIST SP 800-53 and other standards.

Military Agencies - in Dept. of Defense Directive 8420.01
Learn how AirTight Networks helps military agencies comply with wireless security controls in Dept. of Defense Directive 8420.01.

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Links in this microsite will lead you to more information about federal wireless security requirements and solutions from AirTight Networks. Please contact your AirTight Networks federal sales representative for information specific to your agency's requirements.