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Information Assurance Handbook: Effective Computer Security and Risk Management Strategies by Steven Hernandez, Corey Schou

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CHAPTER 14

Advantages of Certification, Accreditation, and Assurance

In general, certification refers to a thorough assessment of a process, while accreditation is a formal declaration about the status of a process. In information assurance, certification and accreditation (C&A) are complex topics. In some economies, it is associated with government rules and regulations; however, the concept is much broader. It spans everything from compliance with an internationally recognized standard such as ISO 27001 to a more specifically focused audit to assure that management acknowledges and accepts the inherent risk in a system. In today’s fast-changing environment, where every new day brings new threats and vulnerabilities, information assurance ...

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