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SteelCloud-Telos Partnership Focuses on NIST Compliance

Credit: National Institute of Technology and Standards

SteelCloud and Telos Corporation are partnering to help customers reduce the complexities of National Institute of Technology and Standards (NIST) Risk Management Framework (RMF) compliance, according to a prepared statement.

SteelCloud is a specialist in STIG and CIS compliance software for government and commercial customers, while Telos Corporation is a provider of cyber, cloud and enterprise security solutions.

Streamlining NIST Compliance

SteelCloud stated that its ConfigOS capabilities “solve the Categorize/Identify, Select and Implement components of RMF for technical assets.” As such, ConfigOS reviews an asset, determines which Security Technical Implementation Guides (STIG) are applicable, scans against the STIG requirements, identifies compliance indicators and automates remediation of findings. Meanwhile, Xacta, an IT and cyber risk management platform designed by Telos, uses this information during the Assess and Authorize steps of the RMF and to initiate the Monitor step once Authorization to Operate (ATO) is achieved.

Along with, Telos offers cybersecurity solutions for IT risk management and information security. It also provides cloud and enterprise security solutions to help organizations protect their assets and comply with industry and government security standards.

Company Leaders Cheer Partnership

Hugh Barrett, chief product officer of Xacta solutions at Telos, explained the advantages of the partnership with SteelCloud:

"Partnering with SteelCloud marks an important milestone in Telos' commitment to serving the world's most security-conscious organizations. Navigating RMF compliance can quickly become costly and time-consuming without the proper tools in place. We're pleased to work alongside SteelCloud to deliver not only best-of-breed technology, but also peace of mind for the practitioners working through these challenging yet necessary compliance requirements."

Brian Hajost, SteelCloud chief operating officer, added:

"Xacta is the most impactful ATO and RMF automation solution currently deployed across the federal government. Our automation around checklist creation and compliance data integration into Xacta will take weeks out of the RMF timeline. The integration with Xacta's workflow will provide a significant increase in agility and reduction in effort for our joint customers."

Jim Masters

Jim Masters is Managing Editor of MSSP Alert, and holds a B.A. degree in Journalism from Northern Illinois University. His career has spanned governmental and investigative reporting for daily newspapers in the Northwest Indiana Region and 16 years in a global internal communications role for a Fortune 500 professional services company. Additionally, he is co-owner of the Lake County Corn Dogs minor league baseball franchise, located in Crown Point, Indiana. In his spare time, he enjoys writing and recording his own music, oil painting, biking, volleyball, golf and cheering on the Corn Dogs.