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There is a new security guideline that addresses the longstanding problem of how to engineer trustworthy, secure systems that can provide continuity of capabilities, functions, services, and operations during a wide range of disruptions, threats, and other hazards.

The Special Publication 800-160, Systems Security Engineering from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) looks at a multidisciplinary approach in the engineering of trustworthy secure systems.

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With the continuing frequency, intensity, and adverse consequences of cyber-attacks, disruptions, hazards, and other threats to federal, state, and local governments, the military, businesses, and the critical infrastructure, the need for trustworthy secure systems has never been more important to the long-term economic and national security interests of the United States, NIST researchers said.

Engineering-based solutions are essential to managing the growing complexity, dynamicity, and interconnectedness of today’s systems, as exemplified by cyber-physical systems and systems-of-systems, including the Internet of Things.

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This NIST publication looks at 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.

It starts with and builds upon a set of international standards for systems and software engineering published by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and infuses systems security engineering methods, practices, and techniques into those systems and software engineering activities.

The objective is to address security issues from a stakeholder protection needs, concerns, and requirements perspective and to use established engineering processes to ensure that such needs, concerns, and requirements are addressed with appropriate fidelity and rigor, early and in a sustainable manner throughout the life cycle of the system.

Click here to download the guideline.

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