Seven Keys to Meeting Cyber-Security Reliability Standards
Organizations that establish accountability and consistent data collection, retention,
monitoring and reporting practices, can successfully demonstrate that IT controls support
a sound internal control framework that meets the intent of the Cyber-Security Reliability
Standards and CIP (Critical Infrastructure Protection) reliability standards.
1. Clearly Define the Control Environment
Identify the systems, services, devices, data, and personnel associated with the day-to-day
use and protection of critical information and systems. When selecting controls, it is important
to ensure that they support the business processes of the organization and its affiliated organizations,
such as contractors and industry partners.
2. Strictly Control Access
Not only protect the data, but the systems, services, and devices within the organization.
The entity must be able to demonstrate that it knows which employees, contractors, and partners
have physical and logical access to the network, devices, applications, and data for specific
and authorized business purposes, and that unauthorized access attempts - both physical and
logical - can be identified and addressed.
3. Validate Security controls
Regularly monitor the environment for performance and effectiveness of the controls n
place. Establish baseline activity, study trend line analysis, and ensure that unusual activity
can be quickly identified and corrected, as necessary.
4. Document All Corrective Actions
Demonstrate that the proper steps were taken to correct systems and adjust policy if
a noncompliant situation is identified.
5. Study the Results of Testing and Reporting
Continuously manage and oversee the environment through reporting and testing, while
providing documented evidence of due diligence to auditors.
6. Collect and Retain Data
Each organization should take reasonable steps to ensure that sufficient data is collected
to identify and respond to security incidents and to monitor and enforce policies and service
level agreements. Automated data collection and retention allows many indicators of security
and performance across the network and critical applications to be tracked on a continuous
basis - as apposed to a periodic review - helping to create a proactive risk management process.
7. Preserve Data in Its Purest Form
Preserve near-term and long-term data in its purest form for audit, forensics, and evidentiary presentation.
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