What is IRS 1075?

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The federal government has strict and comprehensive regulations on how agencies handle constituents’ personal information. This is just as true for tax information. The IRS leans on established guidelines associated with federal security to dictate regulations for agencies that handle tax information and, by and large, treats that information as a sensitive and critical part of operations. These guidelines are housed in the robust regulatory document called IRS 1075. 

 

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What Does it Mean to be FISMA Compliant?

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The Federal Information Security Act, or FISMA, is a comprehensive cybersecurity law that has a widespread impact on federal agencies, state agencies handling federal programs and contractors and service providers working with these agencies. As such, its effect is wide-ranging, and FISMA requirements often overlap or inform other, more specific compliance frameworks.

However, at its core, FISMA dictates some of the basic and most fundamental cybersecurity practices that governed organizations must adhere to. Learn more about what it means to meet FISMA compliance. 

 

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Penetration Testing and NIST 800-53

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In our continuing series on penetration testing, we have discussed different approaches to pen testing the benefits of conducting such tests. Here, we will continue by addressing penetration testing as a practice inside one of the most important security frameworks for federal agencies and contractors: NIST 800-53.

While the core documentation of NIST 900-53 contains hundreds of security controls, one dedicated section speaks to the value and best practices of penetration testing. Here, we’ll discuss how penetration testing plays a role in NIST 800-compliance and how you can incorporate it into your compliance strategy. 

 

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