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August 2005

On The Radar: NIST resources

"We're with the government, and we're here to help." Not the most reassuring words, unless you need strong security guidance or want to conduct a security risk assessment--then the federal government is indeed your friend. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has a computer security division that creates security standards, policies and procedures used by the government to secure its federal IT systems. Even if you are not working for the feds, these security standards provide a solid starting point to secure your enterprise and analyze your security posture. Of the many guides NIST provides as part of its special publication's 800 series (http://csrc.nist. gov/publications/nistpubs/), I have found two guides particularly easy to read and useful: The Computer Security Incident Handling Guide (800-61) covers everything from organizing an incident response team before an event to putting preventive measures in place and providing checklists for use in the heat of the battle. Incident planning includes how to ...

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