Government releases specs for security checklists

The National Institute of Standards and Technology and the National Security Agency have released a specification to standardize IT security checklists.


NIST and NSA collaborated with representatives from industry to develop the Extensible Configuration Checklist Description Format (XCCDF) as a way to provide a uniform format for security checklists, benchmarks and other configuration guidance.

In their document, NIST and NSA noted that the use of such checklists "can markedly reduce the vulnerability exposure of an organization." By developing a single format for use in government, there is the added benefit that agencies can easily share checklist information, NIST and NSA said.

The Cyber-Security R&D Act of 2002 directed NIST to create and maintain a checklist of settings and option selections that will minimize security risks for hardware and software used within the federal government.

"A uniform and widely used format for security benchmarks, checklists and related documents will help to improve security of government and private IT installations by enabling more timely and effective knowledge sharing and by fostering automated security testing and monitoring," according to an NSA statement.

Reader Comments

Please post your comments here. Comments are moderated, so they may not appear immediately after submitting. We will not post comments that we consider abusive or off-topic.

Please type the letters/numbers you see above

What is your e-mail address?

My e-mail address is:

Do you have a password?

Forgot your password? Click here
close

Trending

  • Dive into our Contract Award database

    In an exclusive for WT Insider members, we are collecting all of the contract awards we cover into a database that you can sort by contractor, agency, value and other parameters. You can also download it into a spreadsheet. Our databases track awards back to 2013. Read More

  • Navigating the trends and issues of 2016 Nick Wakeman

    In our latest WT Insider Report, we pull together our best advice, insights and reporting on the trends and issues that will shape the market in 2016 and beyond. Read More

contracts DB

Washington Technology Daily

Sign up for our newsletter.

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.