An Introduction to Computer Security: the NIST Handbook

Published: October 02, 1995


Barbara Guttman, E Roback


This handbook provides assistance in securing computer-based resources (including hardware, software, and information) by explaining important concepts, cost considerations, and interrelationships of security controls. It illustrates the benefits of security controls, the major techniques or approaches for each control, and important related considerations. The handbook provides a broad overview of computer security to help readers understand their computer security needs and develop a sound approach to the selection of appropriate security controls. It does not describe detailed steps necessary to implement a computer security program, provide detailed implementation procedures for security controls, or give guidance for auditing the security of specific systems.
Citation: Special Publication (NIST SP) - 800-12
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Pub Type: NIST Pubs

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computer security, contingency planning, cryptography, guidance, information assurance, risk management, security audit, security controls, security policy
Created October 02, 1995, Updated November 10, 2018