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Guide for Selecting Automated Risk Analysis Tools



Irene E. Gilbert


This document recommends a process for selecting automated risk analysis tools. It is primarily intended for managers and those responsible for managing risks in computer and telecommunications systems. The document describes important considerations for developing selection criteria for acquiring risk analysis software. The information presented is derived from reviews of risk analysis software tools in the Risk Management Research Laboratory which is cooperatively sponsored by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the National Computer Security Center (NCSC) and from experiences of organizations in the Federal government and private sectors. This document recommends selecting a group of personnel with special skills to participate in the risk analysis studies. Concepts and definitions of terms necessary to understand risk analysis are also provided This report describes three essential elements that should be present in an automated risk analysis tool: data collection, analysis, and output results.
Special Publication (NIST SP) - 500-174
Report Number


automated risk analysis, tool selection


Gilbert, I. (1989), Guide for Selecting Automated Risk Analysis Tools, Special Publication (NIST SP), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed April 12, 2024)
Created October 1, 1989, Updated November 10, 2018