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System Security Plan

Definition - What does System Security Plan mean?

A system security plan is a formal plan that defines the plan of action to secure a computer or information system.

It provides a systematic approach and techniques for protecting a computer from being used by unauthorized users, guards against worms and viruses as well as any other incident/event/process that can jeopardize the underlying system’s security.

Techopedia explains System Security Plan

A system security plan is primarily implemented in organizational IT environments. It can be a proposed plan to protect and control an information system, or a plan that is already in implementation. It is usually created using the organization/IT environment security policy as the benchmark.

Typically a system security plan includes:

  • List of authorized personnel/users that can access the system
  • Level of access/tiered access, or what each user is allowed and not allowed to do on the system
  • Access control methods, or how users will access the system (user ID/password, digital card, biometrics)
  • Strengths and weaknesses of the system and how weaknesses are handled
  • May also include system backup/restoration procedures
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