NIST Special Publication 800 Series: Definition & Purpose


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The standards and guidelines outlined in the NIST 800 Series are _____ for private companies and organizations.

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1. Which of these subject areas does the well-known NIST 800-53 publication cover?

2. Why was the NIST 800 Series first created?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Why was the NIST 800 Series created? This quiz and worksheet is a fast way to gauge your ability to answer this question and others about the NIST Special Publication 800 Series.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz will test you on the following:

  • Characteristic of the NIST 800 Series
  • What's covered by the NIST 800-53 publication
  • Purpose for which the NIST 800 Series was created
  • Why it has been repeatedly revised
  • How NIST compliance affects federal offices

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained about revisions made to the NIST Special Publication 800 Series
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information about what's contained in the NIST 800-53 publication and interpret it correctly
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer a question about a byproduct of NIST compliance

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  • An overview of topics covered in the 800 series
  • The entity that governs the NIST
  • What NIST 800-53 revisions changed