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[ISN] NIST puts its security guidelines in one basket
By William Jackson
The National Institute of Standards and Technology has released a
database to help agencies collect data needed to assess information
technology security programs and produce reports for action plans.
The Program Review for Information Security Management Assistance
database, which can be downloaded at prisma.nist.gov, is part of PRISMA,
a tool NIST developed for reviewing the complex information security
requirements and posture of federal information security programs. It
brings together guidelines from NIST publications, federal standards,
best practices and requirements in the Federal Information Security
PRISMA provides a framework for an independent, in-house review of the
maturity of an agency’s information security program. It requires
documentation of security policies, procedures and implemented controls.
It also requires a review of the agency’s organizational structure,
culture and business mission. After the assessment, the PRISMA team
identifies problems and develops a weighted list of corrective actions.
The PRISMA framework was released in January in NIST Interagency Report
7358. The database, which is in Microsoft Access 2003 and can help
generate a report in Microsoft Word, was made available in April.
If you are having trouble finding guidelines or standards for your IT
security assessment, NIST also has released a “Guide to NIST Computer
Security Documents,” a PDF that indexes the more than 250 publications
the NIST Computer Security Division issues.
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