Standardized Architecture for NIST 800-53 on AWS
Quick Start Reference Deployment Guide

AWS Enterprise Accelerator – Compliance: Standardized Architecture for NIST 800-53 on the AWS Cloud

Quick Start Reference Deployment Guide

AWS Professional Services Team
AWS Quick Start Reference Team
January 2016  (last update: April 2016)

This Quick Start reference deployment guide discusses architectural considerations and steps for deploying security-focused baseline environments on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud. Specifically, this Quick Start deploys a standardized environment that helps support National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) 800-53 / Risk Management Framework (RMF) certifications, accreditations, and compliance processes. The deployment guide includes links for viewing and launching AWS CloudFormation templates that automate the deployment.

This Quick Start is first in a set of AWS Enterprise Accelerator – Compliance offerings, which provide security-focused, standardized architecture solutions to help Managed Service Organizations (MSOs), cloud provisioning teams, developers, integrators, and information system security officers (ISSOs) adhere to strict security, compliance, and risk management controls.

The following links are for your convenience. The launch button runs the main Quick Start template, which sets up a multi-tier, Linux-based web application using nested templates.

NIST architecture on AWS, launch button
NIST architecture on AWS, view template button
  • View template to look under the covers and see how the main AWS CloudFormation template is set up. You can customize the template during launch, or download and extend it for other projects. Note that the main template references nested templates. To view nested templates and learn when you might want to use them separately, see Deployment Scenarios.

NIST architecture on AWS, view SCM button
  • View SCM to open the Security Controls Matrix (SCM) and see how NIST 800-53/RMF security controls map to architecture decisions, components, and configuration of the reference architecture deployed by this Quick Start.

About Quick Starts

Quick Starts are automated reference deployments for key workloads on the AWS cloud. Each Quick Start launches, configures, and runs the AWS compute, network, storage, and other services required to deploy a specific workload on AWS, using AWS best practices for security and availability.