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7/3/2019
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7/7/2019 | 7:30:02 PM
Creating a framework to help address some of the questions brought up
NIST has a site where they provide similar questions but they revolve the questions about developing a framework. This framework is based on the Risk Management framework from NIST - Risk Assessment Framework chart.

The questions you bring up are listed in this flowchart, it addresses
  • Page 20 - Identify the threats and their severity
  • Page 24 - Mgmt, Operational, Technical Security
  • Page 31 - Risk Level Matrix with weights
  • Page 34 - Risk Mitigation Strategy
  • Page 39 - Technical Security Controls
  • Page 43 - Preventative Operational Controls
  • Page 46 - Implemented Controls and Residual Risk
  • Page 47 - Evaluation & Assessment (Good Security Practice/Keys to Success)
  • Page 48 - Sample Interview Questions (Acronym)*

* Interview questions that can assist in the assessment and risk mitigation strategy. Sample Questions listed below:
APPENDIX A: Sample Interview Questions Interview questions should be tailored based upon where the IT system assessed is in the SDLC. Sample questions to be asked during interviews with site personnel to gain an understanding of the operational characteristics of an organization may include the following:
  • Who are valid users?
  • What is the mission of the user organization?
  • What is the purpose of the system in relation to the mission?
  • How important is the system to the user organization's mission?
  • What is the system-availability requirement?
  • What information (both incoming and outgoing) is required by the organization?
  • What information is generated by, consumed by, processed on, stored in, and retrieved by the system?
  • How important is the information to the user organization's mission?
  • What are the paths of information flow?
  • What types of information are processed by and stored on the system (e.g., financial, personnel, research and development, medical, command and control)?
  • What is the sensitivity (or classification) level of the information?
  • What information handled by or about the system should not be disclosed and to whom?
  • Where specifically is the information processed and stored?
  • What are the types of information storage?
  • What is the potential impact on the organization if the information is disclosed to unauthorized personnel?
  • What are the requirements for information availability and integrity?
  • What is the effect on the organization's mission if the system or information is not reliable?
  • How much system downtime can the organization tolerate?
  • How does this downtime compare with the mean repair/recovery time?
  • What other processing or communications options can the user access?
  • Could a system or security malfunction or unavailability result in injury or death?

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