The National Cybersecurity Online Informative References Program is a NIST effort to facilitate subject matter experts (SMEs) in defining standardized online informative references (OLIRs) between elements of their cybersecurity, privacy, and workforce documents and elements of other cybersecurity, privacy, and workforce documents like the Cybersecurity Framework. At this stage of the OLIR Program evolution, the initial focus is on relationships to cybersecurity and privacy documents. NIST Interagency or Internal Report (IR) 8278, National Cybersecurity Online Informative References (OLIR) Program: Program Overview and OLIR Uses describes the OLIR Program, focusing on explaining what OLIRs are, how they can be beneficial, and how subject matter experts can contribute OLIRs.
The OLIRs are in a simple standard format defined by NIST Interagency or Internal Report (IR) 8278A, National Cybersecurity Online Informative References (OLIR) Program: Submission Guidance for OLIR Developers and are displayed within the OLIR Catalog. NISTIR 8278A provides guidance to Informative Reference developers for completing and submitting OLIRs. NIST analyzes the submitted OLIRs for correctness, works with submitters regarding any corrections, and hosts links to the public draft and final versions of the OLIRs. By following this approach, cybersecurity document owners can use the OLIR Program as a mechanism for communicating with owners and users of other cybersecurity documents
The OLIR Program integrates ongoing NIST projects that respond to administrative and legislative requirements, including those for the Cybersecurity Framework. The OLIR Program also addresses many Office of Management and Budget (OMB) memoranda that address specific cybersecurity issues and comprise large sets of regulations with which organizations must comply. The OLIR Program can represent relationships to any authoritative documents, products, or services. These resources can be generated from national and international standards, guidelines, frameworks, and regulations to policies for individual organizations, sectors, or jurisdictions
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