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Awareness and Training Policies and Procedures
A Must for Federal Compliance Reporting

Overview

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.

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Reporting Requirements

Per NIST SP 800-53, “Awareness and training policy and procedures address the controls in the AT family that are implemented within systems and organizations. The risk management strategy is an important factor in establishing such policies and procedures.”

Specifically, Per AT-1 of NIST SP 800-53, organizations are to “Develop, document, and disseminate…” an awareness and training policy and procedure. Additionally, within the AT family itself (i.e., AT-1 to AT-6) there are numerous controls that also require organizations to document how such controls are implemented. The keyword here is “document”, which means you need a policy and procedure for AT-1.


How to Get Started

Start by downloading our world-class awareness and training policy and procedures template, along with additional NIST RMF information security and privacy policies and procedures at the Arlington Security Portal (ASP). 

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.