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Government Standard May Be Useful for Private Sector

Corporations should consider using the draft of a new National Institute of Standards and Technology standard as a starting point for their own risk-classification exercises, according to a recent Meta Group Inc. research note. The draft standard, called Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 199 and released in mid-May, spells out how government agencies should categorize their systems from a risk standpoint. The standard (download PDF) requires government agencies to group their information systems into high-, medium- or low-risk categories based on the potential effect of a security breach on the confidentiality, integrity and availability of information on each system. NIST also plans to release standards for describing a system and for identifying the security countermeasures to protect the data it houses. Full Story

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