Category:NIST SP 800-53r3

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NIST Special Publication 800-53r3 Recommended Security Controls for Federal Information Systems and Organizations

The purpose of this publication is to provide guidelines for selecting and specifying security controls for information systems supporting the executive agencies of the federal government to meet the requirements of FIPS 200, Minimum Security Requirements for Federal Information and Information Systems. The guidelines apply to all components of an information system that process, store, or transmit federal information. The guidelines have been developed to help achieve more secure information systems and effective risk management within the federal government by:

  • Facilitating a more consistent, comparable, and repeatable approach for selecting and specifying security controls for information systems and organizations;
  • Providing a recommendation for minimum security controls for information systems categorized in accordance with FIPS 199, Standards for Security Categorization of Federal Information and Information Systems;
  • Providing a stable, yet flexible catalog of security controls for information systems and organizations to meet current organizational protection needs and the demands of future protection needs based on changing requirements and technologies;
  • Creating a foundation for the development of assessment methods and procedures for determining security control effectiveness; and
  • Improving communication among organizations by providing a common lexicon that supports discussion of risk management concepts.

The guidelines in this special publication are applicable to all federal information systems other than those systems designated as national security systems as defined in 44 U.S.C., Section 3542. The guidelines have been broadly developed from a technical perspective to complement similar guidelines for national security systems and may be used for such systems with the approval of appropriate federal officials exercising policy authority over such systems. State, local, and tribal governments, as well as private sector organizations are encouraged to consider using these guidelines, as appropriate.

Front Matter
Chapter One Introduction
Chapter Two The Fundamentals
Chapter Three The Process
Appendix A References
Appendix B Glossary
Appendix C Acronyms
Appendix D Security Control Baselines – Summary
Appendix E Minimum Assurance Requirements
Appendix F Security Control Catalog
Appendix G Information Security Programs
Appendix H International Information Security Standards
Appendix I Industrial Control Systems