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NIST Urges Broader Approach To Federal IT Security

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March 3, 2011
Cyber Security, FedCyber Wire
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via InformationWeek

The federal agency for implementing technology standards has published a guide to help government organizations weave overall objectives and goals into the fabric of their security strategy.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has published “Managing Information Security Risk: Organization, Mission, and Information System View” to support the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA), according to the institute. FISMA is NIST’s security standard for IT products and systems deployed in the federal government and a key requirement for IT products that agencies consider using in their IT environments.

NIST’s new publication, written by NIST fellow Ron Ross with several others, introduces a holistic approach to risk management rather than merely focusing on its IT aspect, a narrow scope that agencies traditionally have followed, according to NIST.

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