NIST Offers Free Download of SP 800-53, Rev 4

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has now made available the Final Release of SP 800-53 Revision 4, Security and Privacy Controls for Federal Information Systems and Organizations – representing the most comprehensive update to the security controls catalog since its inception in 2005. This update was motivated primarily by the expanding occurrences of cyber security threats – looking at the increased sophistication of those cyber-attacks; the growing frequency of such attacks; the professionalism of the attackers, and the persistence of targeting by … [Read more...]

NIST Updating SP 800-53 Information Security Guidance Document

Many of our readers – especially associated with government contracting -- may not know that the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is now a step closer to publishing its 4th version of one of its premier information security guides --- i.e. Special Publication 800-53: Security and Privacy Controls for Federal Information Systems and Organizations. More specifically, on Feb 5th 2013, NIST issued the final public draft of the guidance, seeking comments from the public as NIST will then publish the final version of SP 800-53 Rev 4, --- expected sometime this month of … [Read more...]

Security Threats of Social Media

As Chris Nerney, a writer for the Network World website, states, “…Enterprises need to take precautions to make sure that all employees practice safe social media….” However, Chris Nerney also quickly goes on to point out that while many enterprises do use social media to engage customers, build their brands and communicate information to those customers, it is important to remember that social media use by enterprises is not all about “liking,” "friending," "up-voting" or "digging." This article also goes on to explain reasons behind their listing of the top five (5) social media … [Read more...]