Cyber Security Standards

Published: June 15, 2009


Karen A. Scarfone, Daniel R. Benigni, Timothy Grance


The goal of cyber security standards is to improve the security of information technology (IT) systems, networks, and critical infrastructures. A cyber security standard defines both functional and assurance requirements within a product, system, process, or technology environment. Well-developed cyber security standards enable consistency among product developers and serve as a reliable metric for purchasing security products. Cyber security standards cover a broad range of granularity, from the mathematical definition of a cryptographic algorithm to the specification of security features in a Web browser, and are typically implementation-independent. A standard must address user needs, but must also be practical since cost and technological limitations must be considered in building products to meet the standard. Additionally, a standard s requirements must be verifiable; otherwise, users cannot assess security even when products are tested against the standard.
Citation: Wiley Handbook of Science and Technology for Homeland Security
Publisher Info: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
Pub Type: Book Chapters

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cyber security, information technology, standards, standardization
Created June 15, 2009, Updated February 19, 2017