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Cybersecurity Framework Online Informative References (OLIR) Submissions Specification for Completing the OLIR Template



Matthew P. Barrett, Nicole D. Keller, Stephen D. Quinn, Matthew C. Smith


[Superseded by NISTIR 8204 (May 2019):] This document provides instructions and definitions for completing the Cybersecurity Framework (CSF) Online Informative References (OLIR) spreadsheet template available for download at This document is intended to assist developers of References as a companion document to the spreadsheet template. Definitions are provided for column and row headings in addition to a discussion of expected values.
NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) - 8204
Report Number


Crosswalk, Cybersecurity Framework, Informative References, Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity, Mapping, Online Informative References, References, Template Population, Framework, OLIR
Created April 26, 2019, Updated January 27, 2020