Cybersecurity Framework – Is it relevant to Federal/DoD organizations?

By Lon J. Berman, CISSP, RDRP Just when folks were beginning to get somewhat comfortable … or, at least, familiar … with the Risk Management Framework (RMF), along come our friends at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) throwing another framework our way! The Cybersecurity Framework (CSF) has actually been in development since…

Security Control Inheritance

By Lon J. Berman CISSP, RDRP CNSSI 4009 defines Security Control Inheritance as “a situation in which an information system or application receives protection from security controls (or portions of security controls) that are developed, implemented, and assessed, authorized, and monitored by entities other than those responsible for the system or application”. The typical example…

Ask Dr. RMF

Dear Dr. RMF, Government IT Security staff work with systems owners to make sure that all systems in the agency have implemented the proper Risk Management Framework (RMF) controls. Organizations have deployed technologies like eMASS, XACTA, and RSA to manage the workflow and documentation for the RMF for their systems. Yet, there is confusion about…

IT Dojo Announces Security Control Assessment (SCA) Training Workshop

Training Overview Security Controls Assessment Workshop provides a current and well-developed approach to evaluation and testing of security controls to prove they are functioning correctly in today’s IT systems. This course shows you how to evaluate, examine, and test installed security controls in the world of threats and potential breach actions surrounding all industries and…

Is RMF Broken? Can it be fixed or is it beyond repair?

By Lon J. Berman CISSP, RDRP Thanks to the work of the Joint Task Force, RMF is now the official information security life cycle process across all three “segments” of the Executive Branch, i.e., DoD, federal civil agencies, and the intelligence community. It’s now been 4 ½ years since DoD officially “adopted” RMF (DoDI 8510.01,…