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NIST Issues Four-Pack of Computer Security Pubs

The National Institute of Standards and Technology recently issued four publications to provide computer security advice on issues ranging from securing Windows XP Home Edition® computers and exercising IT plans to guidance on access control policies, models and mechanisms, and security log management.

  • Guidance for Securing Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition: A NIST Security Configuration Checklist ( provides advice on securing Windows XP Home Edition computers for home users, in particular telecommuting Federal employees. It explains the need to use a combination of security protections and provides instructions on how to implement the most essential security protections. 
  • Guide to Test, Training, and Exercise Programs for IT Plans and Capabilities ( provides guidance on conducting tests, training sessions, and exercises to maintain contingency and computer security incident response plans for managing adverse IT situations.
  • Assessment of Access Control Systems ( provides background information on access control policies, models, and mechanisms to help organizations secure their computer applications.
  • Guide to Computer Security Log Management ( provides detailed information on developing, implementing, and maintaining effective log management practices throughout an enterprise.
Released October 12, 2006, Updated January 23, 2023