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Enterprise-Wide Risk Management Organization, Mission, and Information Systems View SC World Congress Data Security Conference November 10, 2010. Dr. Ron Ross Computer Security Division Information Technology Laboratory.
Dr. Ron Ross
Computer Security Division
Information Technology Laboratory
Proliferation of information systems and networks with virtually unlimited connectivity.
Increasing sophistication of threat including exponential growth rate in malware (malicious code).
Resulting in an increasing number of penetrations of information systems in the public and private sectors…The Perfect Storm
sector information systems targeting key operations,
assets, and individuals…
Attacks are organized, disciplined, aggressive, and well resourced; many are extremely sophisticated.
Adversaries are nation states, terrorist groups, criminals, hackers, and individuals or groups with hostile intentions.
Effective deployment of malware causing significant exfiltration of sensitive information (e.g., intellectual property).
Potential for disruption of critical systems and services.The Threat Situation
systems/applications owned and
operated by non federal entities.
Energy (electrical, nuclear, gas and oil, dams)
Transportation (air, road, rail, port, waterways)
Public Health Systems / Emergency Services
Information and Telecommunications
Banking and Finance
Postal and Shipping
Agriculture / Food / Water / ChemicalNeed Broad-Based Security Solutions
A Broad-Based Partnership —
The Generalized Model
Unique Information Security Requirements
Department of Defense
Federal Civil Agencies
Common Information Security Requirements
National security and non national security information systems
TACTICAL RISK FOCUSEnterprise-Wide Risk Management
Mission / Business Process
(Information and Information Flows)
(Environment of Operation)
Promotes near real-time risk management and ongoing system authorization through the implementation of robust continuous monitoring processes.
Provides senior leaders with necessary information to make risk-based decisions regarding information systems supporting their core missions and business functions.Characteristics of Risk-Based Approaches(1 of 2)
Establishes responsibility and accountability for security controls deployed within information systems.
Encourages the use of automation to increase consistency, effectiveness, and timeliness of security control implementation.Characteristics of Risk-Based Approaches(2 of 2)
CATEGORIZE Information System
Define criticality/sensitivity of information system according to potential worst-case, adverse impact to mission/business.
SELECT Security Controls
Continuously track changes to the information system that may affect security controls and reassess control effectiveness.
Select baseline security controls; apply tailoring guidance and supplement controls as needed based on risk assessment.
Security Life Cycle
AUTHORIZE Information System
IMPLEMENT Security Controls
Determine risk to organizational operations and assets, individuals, other organizations, and the Nation;
if acceptable, authorize operation.
Implement security controls within enterprise architecture using sound systems engineering practices; apply security configuration settings.
Determine security control effectiveness
(i.e., controls implemented correctly, operating as intended, meeting security requirements for information system).Risk Management Framework
Links in the Security Chain: Management, Operational, and Technical Controls
(Biometrics, tokens, passwords)
(Firewalls, guards, routers, gateways)
Adversaries attack the weakest link…where is yours?
Recommended Security Controls for Federal Information
Systems and Organizations
Applying the Risk Management Framework to Federal
Information Systems: A Security Lifecycle Approach
Guide for Assessing the Security Controls in Federal
Information Systems and Organizations: Building Effective Assessment Plans
Enterprise-Wide Risk Management: Organization, Mission, and Information Systems View
Projected November 2010 (Public Draft)
Guide for Conducting Risk Assessments
Projected January 2011 (Public Draft)
Gaithersburg, MD USA 20899-8930
Project Leader Administrative Support
Dr. Ron Ross Peggy Himes
Senior Information Security Researchers and Technical Support
Marianne Swanson Kelley Dempsey
(301) 975-3293 (301) 975-2827
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