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FISMA 101: Understanding FISMA Compliance

2 Day Course/6 CPE Credits Per Day
Instructor: Laura Taylor

Learn FISMA compliance concepts from top practitioners in the field. The emphasis of the course is on FISMA compliance concepts so that they can be applied to any FISMA compliance methodology. The class reviews the following methodologies: NIST, DIACAP, DoD RMF, DCID 6/3, ICD 503, and FedRAMP. The class focuses on general concepts to create the broad knowledge base necessary in order to position your career for segue into any type of FISMA compliance project.

The first two days of the course presents an overview of FISMA compliance requirements and discusses what documentation is needed, and what types of information to include in each document. Students are taught how to develop the different deliverables required for FISMA compliance. FISMA 101 is an introductory course. Students should have a basic understanding of information security principles, concepts, and technologies. Although anyone performing security audits can benefit from this course, it is of particular use to U.S. federal agencies, that must comply with the Federal Information Security Management Act of 2002 (FISMA). This class is also appropriate for organizations that have contracts and grants with U.S. federal agencies.

The FISMA Center classes take place in a small, personalized environment. There will never be more than 8 students in a class.

Look What’s Included!
  • Printed course material
  • FISMA Compliance Handbook: Second Edition
  • Reference CD with templates, sample documents, guidance
  • Voucher to take CFCP exam at no cost
  • CFCP Study Guide
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Click on the class name button to register for that class and date.
Dates Class Name Location Credits Days Cost
February 3-4, 2015 Columbia, MD 12 2 $1,745.00
May 5-6, 2015   FISMA 101 Columbia, MD 12 2 $1,745.00
August 4-5, 2015   FISMA 101 Columbia, MD 12 2 $1,745.00
November 3-4, 2015   FISMA 101 Columbia, MD 12 2 $1,745.00

Please take advantage of the Early Registration Discount of $250.00 by registering 40 days prior to the start of class using Promotion Code ERD. The Promotion Code stops working 40 days prior to the class start date.

Day 1
  • Explanation of FISMA Terminology
  • FISMA Compliance Methodologies
  • Understanding the Process
  • Establishing an Information Security Program
  • FISMA Project Management
  • Determining the Information Types & Sensitivity Level
  • Preparing the Hardware and Software Inventory
  • Lab 1: Categorizing Data Sensitivity
  • Security Awareness & Training
  • Creating End-User Rules of Behavior
  • Incident Response


  • Day 2
  • Performing Security Testing
  • Conducting a Privacy Impact Assessment
  • Performing a Business Risk Assessment
  • Preparing a Business Impact Assessment
  • Developing an IT Contingency Plan
  • Performing a System Risk Assessment
  • Developing a Configuration Management Plan
  • Developing a System Security Plan
  • Lab 2: Diagramming the Network
  • Submitting the Certification Package
  • Evaluating the Certification Package
  • Addressing Compliance Findings


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