Security Content Automation Protocol: Is it Beneficial?

Contributed by John Rayborn

The intent of this paper is to provide a discussion on what the Security Content Automation Protocol (SCAP) is, how organizations can utilize SCAP, and why SCAP is important to Information Security Management. Further, this paper will also look to explain the components and processes that make up SCAP, an overview to the process for vendor product’s to receive SCAP validation, and how organizations look to ensure systems on the enterprise networks are compliant with Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) of 2002 requirements through SCAP tools and methodology usage. This paper is meant to be informational as well as educational for awareness and discussion purposes.

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