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Risk Management Framework

A Lab-Based Approach to Securing Information Systems

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.


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.

Paperback, 316 Pages

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


  • Introduction

    Laws, Regulation and Guidance

    The Joint Task Force Transformation Initiative

    Key Positions and Roles

    Transition from the Four-Phase Certification and Accreditation Cycle

    The RMF

    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



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