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Information Technology Security Training Requirements: A Role- and Performance-Based Model



Mark Wilson, D E. deZafra, S I. Pitcher, J D. Tressler, J B. Ippolito


This document supersedes NIST 500-172, Computer Security Training Guidelines, published in 1989. The new document supports the Computer Security Act (Public Law 100-235) and OMB Circular A-130 Appendix III requirements that NIST develop and issue computer security training guidance. This publication presents a new conceptual framework for providing information technology (IT) security training. This framework includes the IT security training requirements appropriate for today's distributed computing environment and provides flexibility for extension to accommodate future technologies and the related risk management decisions. [Supersedes SP 500-172 (November 1989):]
Special Publication (NIST SP) - 800-16
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awareness, behavioral objectives, education, individual accountability, job function, management and technical controls, rules of behavior, training


Wilson, M. , deZafra, D. , Pitcher, S. , Tressler, J. and Ippolito, J. (1998), Information Technology Security Training Requirements: A Role- and Performance-Based Model, Special Publication (NIST SP), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed June 23, 2024)


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Created April 1, 1998, Updated February 19, 2017