Security Control Baseline “Tabletop Review”

By Lon J. Berman, CISSP at BAI Information Security Let’s take a look at some strategies for reviewing the Security Control Baseline and creating “action plans” for implementation. The “Raw Materials” An effective review starts with the right materials. You’ll need two spreadsheets to work with: Security Controls Assessment Procedures (CCIs) Using the Security Controls…

Enhance Your RMF Training Experience with TrainPlus!

Picture this. You’ve just completed your RMF training with IT Dojo. You spent four days in class learning and doing. So much information and guidance has come your way that at times you felt like you were drinking from a fire hose! Now, at last, you’re sitting in the relative peace and quiet of your…

Security Control Spotlight—Inheritance

By Kathryn M. Farrish, CISSP  BAI Information Security Security Control Inheritance is one of the most powerful tools available to facilitate the RMF process. Unfortunately, it is not always very well understood, and, as a result, is often misapplied. CNSSI 4009 defines Security Control Inheritance as “a situation in which an information system or application…

Security Control Spotlight—STIGs and Controls

By Kathryn M. Farrish, CISSP at BAI Inc. One of the primary goals of the RMF life cycle is for a system to achieve and maintain compliance with a baseline of Security Controls in accordance with NIST SP 800-53 and CNSSI 1253. Security controls provide specific safeguards in numerous subject areas (aka. “families”), including access…

Building A Security Control Baseline “Step-by-Step”

Article By Lon J. Berman, CISSP In the last issue of RMF Today and Tomorrow, we walked through the System Categorization process step-bystep. Now that we’ve categorized our system, let’s take a look at the steps for creating a Security Control Baseline. Step 1: Create Initial Control Set Your System Categorization defines the initial set of…

Top Ten—Questions for your Authorizing Official

By Annette Leonard The importance of the Authorizing Official (AO) in the RMF process is self evident. As the individual charged with signing your Authorization to Operate (ATO), the AO is obviously a key player. Ideally, the AO’s role is not limited to that final signature—he/she should be an active participant in the process from…

System Scans in eMASS … Think Before You Upload!

By Kathryn M. Farrish, CISSP eMASS, short for Enterprise Mission Assurance Support Service, is a comprehensive tool provided by DoD for managing the RMF life cycle. Among its well-known features and capabilities are generating security control baselines, managing RMF workflow, maintaining a repository of documentation artifacts, accepting system owner provided “self assessment” of security control…

What is STIG Viewer (and why are there two answers)?

By Kathryn M. Farrish, CISSP Security Technical Implementation Guides (STIGs) are published periodically by the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA). STIGs contain very detailed lists of security settings for commonly used IT system components, such as operating systems, database management systems, web servers, network devices, etc. Compliance with applicable STIGs is one of the key…