Security Automation and Continuous Monitoring WG D. Waltermire
Internet-Draft NIST
Intended status: Informational A. Montville
Expires: August 15, 2015 CIS
D. Harrington
Effective Software
N. Cam-Winget
Cisco Systems
J. Lu
Oracle Corporation
B. Ford
M. Kaeo
Double Shot Security
February 11, 2015

Terminology for Security Assessment


This memo documents terminology used in the documents produced by SACM (Security Automation and Continuous Monitoring).

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction

Our goal with this document is to improve our agreement on the terminology used in documents produced by the IETF Working Group for Security Automation and Continuous Monitoring. Agreeing on terminology should help reach consensus on which problems we're trying to solve, and propose solutions and decide which ones to use.

2. Terms and Definitions

This section describes terms that have been defined by other RFC's and defines new ones. The predefined terms will reference the RFC and where appropriate will be annotated with the specific context by which the term is used in SACM.



Asset characterization

Asset Management

Asset Targeting



Building Block



Collection Task



Evaluation Task

Endpoint Target

Endpoint Discovery

Evaluation Result

Expected Endpoint State


Information Model

Management Plane (TBD per list; was "Control Plane")


Posture Attributes





Security Automation


System Resource

3. IANA Considerations

This memo includes no request to IANA.

4. Security Considerations

This memo documents terminology for security automation. While it is about security, it does not affect security.

5. Acknowledgements

6. Change Log

6.1. ietf-sacm-terminology-01- to -02-

Added simple list of terms extracted from UC draft -05. It is expected that comments will be received on this list of terms as to whether they should be kept in this document. Those that are kept will be appropriately defined or cited.

6.2. ietf-sacm-terminology-01- to -02-

Added Vulnerability, Vulnerability Management, xposure, Misconfiguration, and Software flaw.

6.3. ietf-sacm-terminology-02- to -03-

Removed Section 2.1. Cleaned up some editing nits; broke terms into 2 sections (predefined and newly defined terms). Added some of the relevant terms per the proposed list discussed in the IETF 89 meeting.

6.4. ietf-sacm-terminology-03 to -04-


6.5. ietf-sacm-terminology-04 to -05-


6.6. ietf-sacm-terminology-05 to -06-

7. Informative References

[RFC3444] Pras, A. and J. Schoenwaelder, "On the Difference between Information Models and Data Models", RFC 3444, January 2003.
[RFC4949] Shirey, R., "Internet Security Glossary, Version 2", RFC 4949, August 2007.
[RFC5209] Sangster, P., Khosravi, H., Mani, M., Narayan, K. and J. Tardo, "Network Endpoint Assessment (NEA): Overview and Requirements", RFC 5209, June 2008.

Authors' Addresses

David Waltermire National Institute of Standards and Technology 100 Bureau Drive Gaithersburg, Maryland 20877 USA EMail:
Adam W. Montville Center for Internet Security 31 Tech Valley Drive East Greenbush, New York 12061 USA EMail:
David Harrington Effective Software 50 Harding Rd Portsmouth, NH 03801 USA EMail:
Nancy Cam-Winget Cisco Systems 3550 Cisco Way San Jose, CA 95134 US EMail:
Jarrett Lu Oracle Corporation 4180 Network Circle Santa Clara, California 95054 EMail:
Brian Ford Lancope 3650 Brookside Parkway, Suite 500 Alpharetta, Georgia 30022 EMail:
Merike Kaeo Double Shot Security 3518 Fremont Avenue North, Suite 363 Seattle, Washington 98103 EMail: