Risk Management Framework

A Lab-Based Approach to Securing Information Systems


  • James Broad, (CISSP, C|EH, CPTS, Security+, MBA), President and owner of Cyber-Recon, LLC.

The RMF allows an organization to develop an organization-wide risk framework that reduces the resources required to authorize a systems operation. Use of the RMF will help organizations maintain compliance with not only FISMA and OMB requirements but can also be tailored to meet other compliance requirements such as Payment Card Industry (PCI) or Sarbanes Oxley (SOX). With the publishing of NIST SP 800-37 in 2010 and the move of the Intelligence Community and Department of Defense to modified versions of this process, clear implementation guidance is needed to help individuals correctly implement this process. No other publication covers this topic in the detail provided in this book or provides hands-on exercises that will enforce the topics. Examples in the book follow a fictitious organization through the RMF, allowing the reader to follow the development of proper compliance measures. Templates provided in the book allow readers to quickly implement the RMF in their organization. The need for this book continues to expand as government and non-governmental organizations build their security programs around the RMF. The companion website provides access to all of the documents, templates and examples needed to not only understand the RMF but also implement this process in the reader’s own organization.
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Information Security professionals of all levels, systems administrators, information technology leaders, network administrators, information auditors, security managers, and an academic audience among information assurance majors.


Book information

  • Published: July 2013
  • Imprint: SYNGRESS
  • ISBN: 978-1-59749-995-8


"Writing for technical, administrative, and management professionals within the US government, information security consultant Broad explains the basics of the risk management framework as it pertains to the systems development life cycle of federal information technology systems, and suggests how to use this information during the development, assessment, and continuous monitoring of those systems."--Reference & Research Book News, December 2013

Table of Contents


Laws, Regulation and Guidance

The Joint Task Force Transformation Initiative

Key Positions and Roles

Transition from the Four-Phase Certification and Accreditation Cycle


Integrated Organization-Wide Risk Management

Lab Organization

Phase 1: System Categorization

Phase 2: Control Selection

Phase 3: Control Implementation

Phase 4: Control Assessment

Phase 5: System Authorization

Phase 6: Continuous Monitoring

Use of RMF in Other Environments

Future Planned Changes

Use with Other Compliance Requirements