Roles & Responsibilities

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2014 Update:  DIACAP has been replaced by RMF for DoD IT.  The RMF for DoD IT is almost completely derived from the NIST SP 800-37.

NIST roles and responsibilities are addressed throughout the special publication 800 series. The definition of the roles & responsibilities are as follows:

Head of Agency
The Head of Agency is also known as the Chief Executive Officer. This role is the highest level executive senior officer within an organization. They have ultimate responsible for the providing information security protection. The level of protection must be at the same level as the importance of the information. The Department of Defense equivanent is a DoD Head of component (i.e. Secretary of the Army).

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Risk Executive Function
The Risk Executive Function’s main focus is the overall risk to the entire organization. They create a risk strategy for the organization that guides mission/business process and system-level risk assessments. The Risk Executive Function is and important role for Tier 1 activities of managing risk of information systems IAW NIST SP 800-39.

CIO
Chief Information Officer is an organizational official responsible for (1) designating a senior information security officer; (2) developing and maintaining information security policies; (3) ensure that those with responsibilities in system security have proper training.

Information Owner/Steward
“The information owner/steward is an organizational official with statutory, management, or operational authority for specified information and the responsibility for establishing the policies and procedures governing its generation, collection, processing, dissemination, and disposal.” NIST SP 800-37 The Information Owner must coodinate with the Information System Owner (DoD PM equivalent) for decisions involving the overall system.

Senior Information Security Officer
The SISO is directly responsible to the CIO. They’re focus is the information security of the organization’s data. They act as a liaison between CIO and the Authorizing Official. The DoD equivalent (circa 2010) is known as the Senior Information Assurance Officer (SIAO).

Authorizing Official
AO formally accepts the risk of a system in the Implementation/Assessment phase of the System Development Lifecycle and Step 5, Authorization step of the Risk Management Framework.

Common Control Provider

“The common control provider is an individual, group, or organization responsible for the development, implementation, assessment, and monitoring of common controls.” NIST SP 800-37. A common control is a security controls that covers multiple information systems within and organization. Examples of common controls: Incident Response, Network boundary protection (firewalls, IDS/IPS).

Information System Owner
“The information system owner is an organizational official responsible for the procurement, development, integration, modification, operation, maintenance, and disposal of an information system.” NIST SP 800-37

Information System Security Engineer
“The information system security engineer is an individual, group, or organization responsible for conducting information system security engineering activities.” NIST SP 800-37 The ISSE implements security into the design of systems. The ISSE is often a consultant or Subject Matter Expert who focus is applying information assurance frameworks and regulations in an information system.

Information System Security Officer
This role is initiated at the Initial phase of the System Development Lifecycle (SDLC). “The information system security officer
is an individual responsible for ensuring that the appropriate operational security posture is maintained for an information system and as such, works in close collaboration with the information system owner” NIST SP 800-37. This role has been called and Information Assurance Officer (IAO) within the Department of Defense. Within the DoD this role is appointed by the Information Assurance Manager (IAM). Also known as the Information System Security Manager (ISSM). The ISSM is often responsible to over site and being a supervisor of ISSO positions.

Security Control Assessor
“The security control assessor is an individual, group, or organization responsible for conducting a comprehensive assessment of the management, operational, and technical security controls employed within or inherited by an information system to determine the overall effectiveness of the controls” NIST SP 800-37.

The NIST & DoD have very similar roles with different names:

 

DoDI 8510.01 DIACAP NIST SP 800-37 Security Authorization
Heads of the DoD Components Head of Agency (CEO)
Designated Accrediting Authority (DAA)/ Authorizing Official
Program Manager (PM)/ Systems Manager (SM) Information System Owner
Information Assurance Manager (IAM) Information System Security Officer
Information Assurance Officer (IAO) Information System Security Officer/ Information System
Security Engineer
Certifying Authority (CA) Security Control Assessor
Validator

 

 

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