DHS and NIST Set Foundations for Enterprise-Wide Automation Specifications

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1Q 2017 | IN-4494


The OPM Hack Prompts New Measures


The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is preparing for yet another release update regarding the Security Content Automation Protocol (SCAP). SCAP comprises of different specification methods under one unified umbrella aimed toward creating a standardized automation approach. This includes enabling automated configuration and vulnerability management, security readiness measurement, vulnerability and patch checking, technical control, and compliance activities, as well as policy compliance evaluation.

It appears that after one of the most serious governmental breaches in recent history regarding the theft of millions of biometric templates from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is working more closely with NIST in preparation for more drastic measures regarding cybersecurity automation.

More Steps from the SCAP


Last year (January 2016), NIST published a validation report regarding Red Hat Enterprise Linux Client, which…

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