Re: [fw-wiz] Help With Risk Assessment



I am looking for guidance on creating a matrix for a IT risk assessment.
I am using the methdology from NIST SP 800-30 and am looking for specific
line items to add to the matrix. Any help or
pointers you can provide are appreciated in advance. While looking for
something complete I am not necessarily looking
for exhaustive (but can pare that down if need be).

I think this is a little off-topic for fw-wiz, but I know it's hard to find
lists to ask these questions to. I defer to Paul as to whether or not he
wants to let the thread keep going.

If I were doing 800-30 and had a good inventory of systems and functions,
but not a good idea of what the potential vulnerabilities were, I might take
a look at something like the OCTAVE Catalog of Practices [1] (I don't know
if NIST has something like this for 800-30, but OCTAVE and 800-30 are
similar in that they are both risk assessment methodologies.) and work
backwards from the applicable practices. Essentially you're doing a gap
analysis of your practices as a first step to the vulnerability analysis.
It wouldn't be perfect, but it's much easier to put into survey form and
collect data for.

Hope that helps!

PaulM

[1] http://www.cert.org/archive/pdf/01tr020.pdf


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