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ISO 27002 vs. NIST 800-53

ISO 27002 and NIST 800-53 are both digital security standards developed to help organisations effectively manage information security policies and procedures. Despite their common goals, these two standards also have key differences, which can help organisations determine which, if either, of these standards they should adhere to.

What is ISO 27002?

ISO 27002 is a security standard developed by the International Organizations for Standardization. ISO 27002 is designed to work with ISO 27001. While ISO 27001 provides the framework and requirements for establishing, implementing, maintaining and improving an information security management system (ISMS), ISO 27002 provides the guidelines, best practices, and controls for implementing, maintaining and improving ISMS in an organisation.

NIST 800-53 Overview

NIST 800-53 is an information security standard that provides a catalogue of security and privacy controls for federal information systems, agencies, and contractors that want to work with the US government. It provides the framework and best practices for these entities, which are required to adhere to the standard. Other organisations that are not required to meet this standard can choose to implement NIST 800-53 controls to protect their information systems.

ISO 27002 vs. NIST 800-53: Similarities

Both ISO 27002 and NIST 800-53 have similarities, which include:

  • Both standards take a risk management approach to information security.
  • Both provide security controls and best practices for implementation.
  • Both provide guidelines for the implementation of security measures.
  • Both provide guidelines for identifying, responding to, and assessing cybersecurity incidents.
  • Both provide guidelines for auditing security controls.
  • Any organisation can adhere to either standard to bolster its information security management.

ISO 27002 vs. NIST 800-53: Differences

The key differences between ISO 27002 and NIST 800-53 are:

  • NIST 800-53 is a US government standard for information security controls, while ISO 27002 is an international standard that provides guidelines on implementing and maintaining ISMS.
  • NIST 800-53 is mandatory for federal information systems, agencies, and third-party government contractors in the US, while ISO 27002 is voluntary to display a commitment to information security.

Learn more about NIST 800-53 and ISO standards

If your organisation is required to implement either NIST 800-53 or ISO standards, you can learn more about each in our information hubs.

Learn more about these commonly used standards and how Hicomply can help you meet compliance with each.