September 26, 2023 2 min read

A strict requirement for federal contractors providing essential services to federal agencies is developing a wide-range of information security and privacy controls.  Whatever the compliance mandate being imposed upon federal contractors is - FISMA, FedRAMP, eMASS RMF, DFARS NIST 800-171, CMMC, and more - information security and privacy policies and procedures are a must.  Additionally, such documentation must be developed in accordance with none other than NIST SP 800-53, the unquestioned framework that’s been adopted by federal agencies - and federal contractors - since 2005.

Reporting Requirements

Specifically, Per CM-3 of NIST SP 800-53, organizations are to “Determine and document the types of changes to the system that are configuration controlled”.  The keyword here is “document”, which means you need a formalized policy in place for CM-3. 

How to Get Started

Start by downloading our world-class NIST RMF Security and Privacy Policies and Procedures templates at the Arlington Security Portal (ASP), which includes access to our configuration change control policy and procedures template.  

How Arlington Can Help

We have years of experience working within the broader federal agency apparatus in helping federal contractors develop high-quality, well-written, policies and procedures and additional NIST RMF information security and privacy materials.  Our NIST RMF information security and privacy policies, procedures, programs, and plans have been used by thousands of federal contractors in helping organizations develop customized documentation for their growing security and compliance needs.

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