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VA Technical Reference Model v 22.8

Security Content Automation Protocol (SCAP)
Security Content Automation Protocol (SCAP) Standard or Specification

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Description: The Security Content Automation Protocol (SCAP) is a suite of specifications that standardize the format and nomenclature by which software flaw and security configuration information is communicated, both to machines and humans.

The Security Content Automation Protocol (SCAP) is a multi-purpose framework of component specifications that support automated configuration, vulnerability, and patch checking, security measurement, and technical control compliance activities. The SCAP version 1.3 specification is defined by the combination of NIST Special Publication (SP) 800-126 Revision 3, a set of schemas, and allows the use of particular minor version updates to SCAP 1.3 component specifications and the use of particular Open Vulnerability and Assessment Language (OVAL) core schema and platform schema versions. Allowing use of these updates and schemas provides additional functionality for SCAP 1.3 without causing any loss of existing functionality.
Technology/Standard Usage Requirements: Users must ensure their use of this technology/standard is consistent with VA policies and standards, including, but not limited to, VA Handbooks 6102 and 6500; VA Directives 6004, 6513, and 6517; and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) standards, including Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS). Users must ensure sensitive data is properly protected in compliance with all VA regulations. Prior to use of this technology, users should check with their supervisor, Information Security Officer (ISO), Facility Chief Information Officer (CIO), or local Office of Information and Technology (OI&T) representative to ensure that all actions are consistent with current VA policies and procedures prior to implementation.
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Decision Source: TRM Mgmt Group
Decision Process: One-VA TRM v22.4
Decision Date: 04/13/2022
Introduced By: TRM Request
Standards Body: HealthData
- The information contained on this page is accurate as of the Decision Date (04/13/2022).