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Putting First Things First – A Model Process for Criticality Analysis



Celia Paulsen, Larry Feldman, Gregory A. Witte


This bulletin summarizes the information found in NISTIR 8179: Criticality Analysis Process Model, which describes a structured method of prioritizing programs, systems, and components based on their importance to the goals of an organization and the impact that their inadequate operation or loss may present to those goals.
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Baseline criticality, criticality, criticality analysis, information security, prioritizing components, privacy


Paulsen, C. , Feldman, L. and Witte, G. (2018), Putting First Things First – A Model Process for Criticality Analysis, ITL Bulletin, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed April 17, 2024)
Created June 26, 2018, Updated January 27, 2020