Security by Design and NIST 800-160, Part 3: Technical Processes

Security by Design and NIST 800-160, Part 3: Technical Processes

Picking up where we left off on the security-by-design thinking offered by NIST 800-160 Volume 1, we move onward in Chapter 3, focusing on the technical management processes. Let’s look at some security design principles at the technical processes level. 


Technical Management Processes


Chapter 3.3 shows us eight processes. Like we did in Part 2 of this mini series, let’s briefly look at the purpose and outcomes of each process. Each fit into a good security-by-design mindset. The following is a summary of each process in this family found in Chapter 3.3, with the reminder that these are very brief captions.


Project Planning Process: This process produces and coordinates the security aspects of a project, including the security scope and associated metrics and deliverables. At the end of this process you’ll ideally define security objectives and aspects of the project plans. You’ll also have associated roles, responsibilities, accountabilities and authorities. All resources and services will be available, and execution plans will be activated.
Project Assessment and Control Process: This process evaluates the progress and achievements of the projects. At the same time, it lays out methods for communicating specific actions that require resolution for any variances that could impact security objectives. By the end of this process you’ll have performance measurements, adequate roles and associated tasks and adequate resources. You’ll also have mechanisms to handle deviations, including investigation and analysis. It also provides guidelines for communication to stakeholders, recording lessons learned, tracking security aspects and achieving project security objectives.
Decision Management Process: This process finds, studies, characterizes and evaluates a set of security-based and security-informed alternatives. It ..