FISMA, or the Federal Information Security Management Act, was introduced in 2002. At that time, federal agencies began complying with FISMA by deploying different “point” solutions for each of the functional controls defined by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). While this approach to FISMA improved security, federal IT groups today struggle to manage and audit a diverse collection of security products as a single system, a challenge that escalates with each new product added.
Now Cisco offers an integrated approach to network security that helps federal agencies accelerate compliance with FISMA and other security regulations. In a Cisco Self-Defending Network, solution components work together more effectively and are managed as a cohesive system that is distributed across and embedded within the network infrastructure. The benefits: better security, less management overhead, and greatly simplified FISMA audit preparation.
The Self-Defending Network is Cisco's strategy to protect federal organizations from threats caused by both internal and external sources, while facilitating FISMA compliance. This protection helps government organizations take better advantage of the intelligence in network resources, thus improving overall security while addressing FISMA requirements. Concerns that Cisco can address include unauthorized access, malicious code, scans and probes, improper usage, and denial-of-service attacks.