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Defense Department Adopts NIST Security Standards
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WKash
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WKash,
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3/14/2014 | 11:24:49 AM
Smart move
This decision comes as welcome news.  NIST's risk management framework, and its related documents (linked in this story), including 800-53 Rev 4, indeed take a more holistic approach to information assurance and security.  That DOD CIO Teri Takai and her team were able to get this decision to the goal line, and get DOD to move from DIACAP to NIST standards, and thus create one standard across the federal government, is a BIG deal.  
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LenMarzigliano,
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3/14/2014 | 12:06:47 PM
DISA CCIs
I think one of the secret sauce ingredients to a successful 'baked in' DoD RMF system implementation is the DISA CCIs (Control Correlation Identifiers).  Many haven't noticed, but DISA FSO has been re-writing and re-wiring all of the STIGs (Security Technical Implementation Guires for product-specific technologies) based on their SRGs (product-agnostic Security Requirements Guides), which are built from combined IA requirements (NIST controls, CYBERCOM CTOs, etc.)  

Read any of the CCIs, and it quickly becomes obvious that DISA literally ran a Cartesian Product style breakdown of every control/enhancement in the NIST library, meaning if a control calls for A, B, and C to be done on X, and Y, then six CCIs were created to handle every aggregate requirement (A on X, A on Y, B on X, etc.)  This may seem trivial, but when engineers/developers are given these as design/development requirements, guess what?  They respond!  They appreciate the clear/concise breakdown, and they will execute on it accordingly.

I'm constantly evangelizing that IA does not have to be adversarial.  If it is, you're doing it wrong.  The NIST controls and DISA CCIs go a long way toward achieving that.  
DanielC558
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DanielC558,
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3/14/2014 | 1:38:04 PM
From a developer / Architect point of view
As a developer / architect, we have to learn a wide variety of different environments, and when we have multiple confusing sets of standards we have to meet, depending on the customer being one federal agency or another, it's more challenging to be successful.

In most environments I have worked security is an after thought.   To do security right, it needs to be baked into the design, and for that to happen, we need clear standards for how to achieve it in a given environment / tool set.

This sounds like a step forward on how to achieve that.   I look forward to learning more about it.
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Kevin_Jackson,
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3/14/2014 | 3:48:30 PM
Industry inflection point
This decision marks an important inflection point for the US federal marketplace. By accepting the NIST Security Standards, the DoD is demostrating strong support for a government-wide IT management and governance paradigm. This also supports a consistent cycbersecurity model and bodes well for the current adoption of cloud computing services.
JudyD173
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JudyD173,
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3/14/2014 | 6:01:53 PM
Re: Smart move
I agree.  NIST has been leading the way on this for a long time.  With DoD on board, it just makes the case that much stronger.  As a result, life will be much simpler at DoD.
WKash
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WKash,
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3/17/2014 | 7:15:27 PM
Re: Industry inflection point
Yes this is an inflection point for DOD, and the federal government, and a credit to the work NIST does in finding the common ground.  The only downside is it took NIST and DOD 5 years to reach this point.
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WKash,
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3/17/2014 | 7:18:30 PM
Re: DISA CCIs
Thanks for noting DISA's role in mapping DOD's controls to NIST's. l'm sure you're right, that's hugely valuable to developers.

 
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jmyerson,
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6/7/2014 | 6:04:19 AM
Participation in the Control Correlation Identification efforts
Thanks for the article.

A draft version of the CCI List conforming to CCI version 2 is now available. This list contains CCIs derived from NIST SP 800-53.

Participation from the members of the Information Security Community in the CCI efforts is encouraged. You can provide feedback on the CCI list, disa.letterkenny.FSO.list.cci@mail.mil. You may also provide comments using the CCI Comment Matrix.


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