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Rethinking Security through Systems Security Engineering



Ronald S. Ross, Larry Feldman, Gregory A. Witte


This bulletin summarizes the information presented in NIST SP 800-160: Systems Security Engineering: Considerations for a Multidisciplinary Approach in the Engineering of Trustworthy Secure Systems. The publication addresses the engineering-driven perspective and actions necessary to develop more defensible and survivable systems, inclusive of the machine, physical, and human components that compose the systems and the capabilities and services delivered by those systems.
ITL Bulletin - December 2016
Report Number
December 2016


assurance, implementation, integration, protection needs, resiliency, risk management, risk treatment, security architecture, security requirements, stakeholder, system-of-systems, system element, system life cycle, systems, systems engineering, systems security engineering, trustworthiness


Ross, R. , Feldman, L. and Witte, G. (2016), Rethinking Security through Systems Security Engineering, ITL Bulletin, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed April 14, 2024)
Created December 21, 2016, Updated January 27, 2020