August 20, 2014 marked the arrival of the NIST Interagency Report 7966 (NISTIR 7966). The report provides guidelines for the security of automated access management using Secure Shell (SSH) and explains how those guidelines map directly to the security controls mandated in NIST 800-53 and the President’s Cyber Security Framework. These new developments within NIST have great significance for CISOs and other executives responsible for IT security. This white paper explains why NIST has taken these steps and what it means for IT security management not only within federal government agencies but also within the commercial sector.

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