UF Research Shield (also called ResShield) was developed in order to protect sensitive research data created, used, or stored by the university’s research departments. ResShield serves as a secure storage and processing center that can support university projects requiring a secure, FISMA compliant environment.

What is FISMA?

Congress included the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) as part of the E-Government Act of 2002 to establish security guidelines for federal agencies or those providing services to federal agencies.

FISMA sets forth:

  • Specific requirements for security programs
  • Specific documentation, policies, and procedures
  • Defined processes required to be in place in accordance with NIST 800-53 – a national security standard



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More Info


To learn more about the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA), visit the FISMA Implementation Project website from the NIST Computer Security Division.