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Definition Edit

Configuration settings refer to

[t]he set of parameters that can be changed in hardware, software, or firmware that affect the security posture and/or functionality of the information system.[1]
the set of parameters that can be changed in hardware, software, or firmware components of the information system that affect the security posture or functionality of the system.[2]

Overview Edit

"Information technology products for which security-related configuration settings can be defined include, for example, mainframe computers, servers (e.g., database, electronic mail, authentication, web, proxy, file, domain name), workstations, input/output devices (e.g., scanners, copiers, and printers), network components (e.g., firewalls, routers, gateways, voice and data switches, wireless access points, network appliances, sensors), operating systems, middleware, and applications."[3]

References Edit

  1. NIST Special Publication 800-53, App. B, Glossary.
  2. NIST Special Publication SP 800-171, at 10 n.20.
  3. Id.

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