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Compliance Process

Imagine that you are part of cross-functional product development team that includes researchers, software engineers, user experience designers, and product managers. Your team is building a completely new digital service for a federal agency. The agency requires that your team produce a Security Impact Analysis (SIA) whenever changes that affect your product's security posture are introduced.

Your task

As the security and compliance expert on your team, you have been asked to design a process the team can follow for completing a Security Impact Analysis (SIA) when required. This process should give your team members the information they need to determine when and how to complete an SIA.

Review the paragraph below, excerpted from section CM-4 in this document. It describes the requirements for an SIA.

Control: Analyze changes to the system to determine potential security and privacy impacts prior to change implementation.

Discussion: Organizational personnel with security or privacy responsibilities conduct impact analyses. Individuals conducting impact analyses possess the necessary skills and technical expertise to analyze the changes to systems as well as the security or privacy ramifications. Impact analyses include reviewing security and privacy plans, policies, and procedures to understand control requirements; reviewing system design documentation and operational procedures to understand control implementation and how specific system changes might affect the controls; reviewing the impact of changes on organizational supply chain partners with stakeholders; and determining how potential changes to a system create new risks to the privacy of individuals and the ability of implemented controls to mitigate those risks. Impact analyses also include risk assessments to understand the impact of the changes and determine if additional controls are required.

Goal

Design and document an SIA process for your team that addresses the CM-4 control.

Audience

Your cross-functional product development team --- including product, research, ux and engineering contributors --- is your primary audience.

Submission

  • Answer in 2,000 or fewer words.
  • Please do not identify yourself in your document.
  • Save as a single plaintext (.txt) file.

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